Next Performance

 Photo: Rory Earnshaw ( )

Photo: Rory Earnshaw (

The Rossmoor Chamber Music Society’s first concert of the 2018–2019 season will feature the Alexander String Quartet on Monday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Tahoe Room of the Event Center. Season tickets will be mailed in early September.

The Alexander String Quartet (ASQ) was formed in New York City in 1981 and captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition in 1985. The ASQ plays on a matched set of instruments made in San Francisco by Francis Kuttner. This year marks the 30th anniversary of these instruments. The Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of five continents, securing its standing among the world’s premiere ensembles. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the quartet's recordings of the Beethoven cycle (twice) and the Bartók and Shostakovich cycles have all won international critical acclaim. The quartet has also established itself as an important ad­vocate of new music through over 30 commissions. The ASQ is a major artistic pres­ence in its home base of San Francisco, serving since 1989 as Ensemble in Residence for San Francisco Performances and Directors of the the Morrison Chamber Music Center in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts at San Francisco State University.


  • Zakarias Grafil: violin 1
  • Frederick Lifsitz: violin 2
  • Paul Yarbrough: viola
  • Sandy Wilson: cello

Single tickets for the Alexander String Quartet's September 17 performance will be on sale at the door only—beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the performance—for $18 (cash and checks only). All Rossmoor residents and their guests are welcome.