September 28, 2011

Carpe Diem String Quartet to perform at Meany

Members of the Carpe Diem String Quartet are violinists Charles Wetherbee and John Ewing, violist Korine Fujiwara and cellist Kristin Ostling.

Karina Wetherbee

Members of the Carpe Diem String Quartet are violinists Charles Wetherbee and John Ewing, violist Korine Fujiwara and cellist Kristin Ostling.

With programming that reflects its passions for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz inspired music alongside the traditional string quartet repertoire, Carpe Diem has defied easy classification while quickly becoming one of America’s premiere “indie” string quartets.

The program for the Meany concert includes Septendecim (Seventeen), by Bradley Sowash; String Quartet in F Minor, Opus posth. 80, by Felix Mendelssohn; Czardas, by Monti; Otoño Porteno (Autumn, from Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas), by Piazzola; and Fiddle Suite Montana, by quartet violist Korine Fujiwara.

Carpe Diem seeks out, and is sought after by, artists from many different genres for collaborations. They perform alongside singer-songwriter/guitarist Willy Porter, and last year released a live concert CD with him. They have also collaborated with bandoneón master and Latin Grammy winner Raul Juarena. Carpe Diem is the resident ensemble for Columbus Dance Theater, and their joint project, The String Machine, was aired by PBS television and nominated for an Emmy award.

The quartet is committed to pushing the limits of the classical string quartet and to changing the concert experience of chamber music. Using innovative programming, thematic concerts, popular music for younger generations, cameras and video to assist in the visual presentation, as well as speaking from the stage to better engage the audience, Carpe Diem is bringing new audiences into the concert hall and revitalizing the chamber music experience.

Tickets for the concert are $34 ($20 for students). They may be purchased by phone at 206-543-4880, online or in person at the UW Arts Ticket Office.