San Francisco State’s resident string quartet continues to delight and inspire Bay Area audiences with superb performances of Classical, Romantic and Modern repertoire. Canadian-born violist Andrew Duckles leads a diverse musical life as a recording artist, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. Free.
Celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2016, the Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premier ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet’s recordings of the Beethoven cycle (twice), Bartók, and Shostakovich cycles have won international critical acclaim. The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in its home base of San Francisco, serving since 1989 as Ensemble in Residence of San Francisco Performances and of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at San Francisco State University.
Andrew Duckles, viola
Formerly principal viola of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras, Duckles now makes his home in Southern California. Duckles began his orchestral career with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has made appearances as principal viola of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, and the New West Symphony. Duckles appears regularly as a guest artist on chamber music series throughout the United States and Europe and shares the stage frequently with the Alexander String Quartet.
W. A. Mozart (1756 - 1791): Viola Quintet in C major, K.515
Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976): String Quartet No. 2 in G major (1975)
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897): Viola Quintet in F major, Op. 88 (1882)