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Published on February 6, 2018 11:59AM


The Neskowin Chamber Music series will continue this Sunday, Feb. 11, with a performance by the Alexander String Quartet from San Francisco.

During its 36 years as an ensemble, the quartet has performed in the major music capitals of the world on five continents. The group is widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich and its recordings of these works have been acclaimed by critics everywhere. The quartet is also known for its advocacy of new music and has commissioned a number of works in that genre.

The group’s performance calendar includes appearances at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston and the Library of Congress and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, among other places. Among their many recordings are pieces by Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

Paul Yarbrough, violist, is a founding member of the Alexander. He has given a number of solo recitals and was principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of New England. He and his colleagues received honorary doctorates of fine arts from Allegany College and he received a honorary degree from St. Lawrence University.

Cellist Sandy Wilson, also a founding member of the Alexander, is a native of Northumberland, England, He completed his graduate studies at the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen. At 21, he was principal cellist in the Allegemeine Musikgesellschaft Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland. He moved to the US in 1979 and completed a degree at Yale.

Violinist Zakarias Grafilo joined the ensemble in 2002 after a career as second principal violinist of the Pacific Symphony and concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony. He holds a BA from San Francisco State University and is continuing his studies at UCLA.

Fellow violinist Frederick Lifsitz studied violin in his native Boston and at Indiana University. Before joining the Alexander, he played several seasons with the Boston Symphony and taught chamber music at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.

The concert will begin at 3 pm in the chapel at Camp Winema, located two miles north of Neskowin, just off Highway 101. Tickets are $25 at the door.

For more information, call 503-965-6499 or go to www.neskowinchambermusic.org.

• The Alexander String Quartet will hold a free outreach session at Neskowin Valley School on Monday, Feb. 12, at 8:45 am.



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