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Carpe Diem: Indie string quartet opens concert series

CRESCENT CITY – Del Norte-Curry Community Concert Association will open its 2011-12 season when it presents the indie ensemble Carpe Diem String Quartet.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St., Crescent City.

Single tickets for the performance are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Season tickets will be on sale at the door. Season tickets are $45 for an adult, $20 for a student and $100 for a family. Four concerts are scheduled.

 

Carpe Diem String Quartet, based in Columbus, Ohio, has earned critical acclaim for its genre-busting concerts.  The quartet is committed to changing the concert experience of chamber music by playing gypsy, tango, folk, pop and jazz pieces, in addition to the classic quartet repertoire.    

By using innovative programming, thematic concerts, and 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 has been bringing new audiences into the concert hall.  

The ensemble consists of violinists Charles Wetherbee, John Ewing, Korine Fujiwara and cellist Kristin Ostling. 

Wetherbee, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., gave his first performances at age 6. He made his debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Symon Bychkov, and since then has performed with many orchestras in the U.S. and other countries.  In 1988, he toured Asia, including performances in Seoul, Korea, as part of the Olympic Arts Festival. In the same year he also made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall.  In 1990, he traveled to the Persian Gulf to perform for the men and women of the armed services. He is currently on the faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University.

After graduating from the Indiana University School of Music, Ewing moved to Brisbane, Australia, where he was the associate concertmaster of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining Carpe Diem, John held the position of principal second violinist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Fujiwara, native of Montana, holds degrees from the Juilliard School of Music and Northwestern University. She has been a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra since 2001 and, prior to that, she was a principal player and soloist with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

Ostling comes to the Carpe Diem String Quartet as a veteran of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music. Her career has ranged from being a chamber musician, soloist, symphony cellist, and rock musician. She has served as principal cellist with the Emmy-winning Baltimore Choral Arts Society since 2002. In addition to playing the traditional classical repertoire, Ostling is also one of a handful of cellists exploring the genre of rock cello.  She can be heard on the Rock Album Southern Barber Supply by the Cashmere Jungle Lords, and recently joined the rock cello band Primitivity.

Tuesday night’s concert will include pieces by Mendelssohn, Piazzolla, and two contemporary composers.

For more information, call 541-469-3390 or 707-465-6572.

 

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