Carpe Diem String Quartet

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
8:00 pm
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One of the most versatile quartets of its generation, the Carpe Diem String Quartet has captured the imagination of audiences and critics alike. The group has earned critical acclaim with innovative programming and electrifying performances. Their musical passion has led them down the paths of gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music, although the group is equally at home with the traditional string quartet repertoire. “One would have to search long and hard to find a more charming and enjoyable chamber music concert than what we experienced with the Carpe Diem String Quartet....Carpe Diem is a seriously talented quartet in the most traditional definition” (The Sarasota Herald Tribune). The Carpe Diem String Quartet recently received a prestigious PNC ArtsAlive Award.

The Carpe Diem Quartet’s concert at the Clark will highlight the best of this group’s presentations. For their traditional work, they will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1. As part of the celebration of the Clark’s Unearthed exhibition, the Carpe Diem will perform Five Seasons by contemporary Chinese composer Lei Liang, who has been awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Aaron Copland Award. This work will include guest artist Yihan Chen, a prize-winning pipa player. The pipa, a Chinese musical instrument that is plucked rather than bowed, is one of the most popular of Chinese musical instruments, and has been played since 200 BC. Rounding out their program, the quartet will perform Fiddle Suite Montana by Korine Fujiwara, the quartet’s violist. This work is in a folk-bluegrass style, a fun departure from traditional quartet works.The galleries and museum shop will be open until 6:00 pm.

Tickets are $25 ($20 members and students). Purchase tickets online or by calling 413 458 0524.