Cypress String Quartet helps define the American Spirit

Date Posted: September 19, 2008

MILWAUKEE – Cypress String Quartet from San Francisco will explore history and the American spirit with a multimedia production at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Friday, October 17, 2008, at 8 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall.

Since 1996 Cypress Strings has been amazing audiences in major concert venues including the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress. Quartet members Cecily Ward and Tom Stone, violins; Ethan Filner, viola; and Jennifer Kloetzel, cello, combine technical precision with imaginative programming to create truly unforgettable concert experiences.

As a result of trying to find new ways to ignite interest in chamber music, the Quartet fused tradition with technology in its critically acclaimed program Inspired by America. This is a multimedia collaboration with best-selling author Jacob Needleman and Emmy Award-winning film maker Michael Schwarz. Supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Inspired by America blends live music, original film and spoken word in an evocative, thought-provoking portrait of the American spirit.

Cypress String Quartet is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board and Waterstone Bank. The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $25 general, $22 seniors and $10 students. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.