JCA To Present Carpe Diem String Quartet Concert April 20

The Jamestown Concert Association will present the Carpe Diem String Quartet in a live local performance on Friday, April 20, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church beginning at 8 p.m. Submitted photo

It took five years, but local fans of the Carpe Diem String Quartet will have their day on April 20, when the ensemble returns to Jamestown for a local performance.

The ensemble will appear at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to give an 8 p.m. concert as part of the Jamestown Concert Association’s 2017-18 season, “Transcending Borders,” which underscores music’s accepted nature as a universal language that knows no boundaries. This theme is exemplified by the artist lineup, the performers of which hail from countries such as Russia, Germany and Syria; as well as several U.S. states including Montana, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts and New York.

One of the most unique and sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet is a boundary-breaking ensemble that has earned widespread critical and audience acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. Carpe Diem defies easy classification with programming that includes classical, Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock and jazz-inspired music.

According to Sally Ulrich, Jamestown Concert Association president, the ensemble was extremely well-received upon their previous visit to Jamestown in 2013.

“As soon as their concert was finished we had people coming up to us immediately saying we needed to have them back as soon as possible,” she said. “So after a bit of a hiatus we’ve been able to do that, and I know they’re going to charm our audiences in the same way they did five years ago.

“They’re just a very vibrant, exciting group that draw from all eras of classical music and make it all accessible,” she continued. “They have a way of making some unfamiliar pieces friendlier; they talk with audiences and explain the pieces. And they don’t play things that are just discordant or difficult to listen to. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I think audiences both young and old will love it.”

Composed of violinists Charles Wetherbee and Amy Galuzzo, violist Korine Fujiwara and cellist Carol Ou, Carpe Diem has become one of America’s premiere “indie” string quartets without sacrificing its commitment to the traditional quartet repertoire, and continues to rack up accolades and awards. Carpe Diem seeks out, and is sought after by, artists from many different genres for collaborations.

The ensemble 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.

For more information, visit cdsq.org.

Tickets to Carpe Diem’s Friday, April 20, concert are available at the door or can be picked up in advance from the Reg Lenna Center for The Arts, Chautauqua Music, Germaine and Pappalardo and Trinity Guitars. They can also be purchased by calling 484-7070 or 487-1522.

Sponsors for Friday’s concert are: Jamestown’s Rental Properties, the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Trinity Guitars and the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County. The concert is funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Regrant Program, with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and administered by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

The JCA’s 2017-18 season will conclude next month with a May 18 concert featuring Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and his accompanist, Dinuk Wijeratne, on piano.

For more information on these upcoming concerts, visit jamestownconcertassociation.org.