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Carpe Diem String Quartet Returns To Columbus Museum of Art For Three Performances

Violinists Charles Wetherbee and Marisa Ishikawa of the Carpe Diem String Quartet perform in the Classical 101 studio on September 25, 2019.
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Violinists Charles Wetherbee and Marisa Ishikawa of the Carpe Diem String Quartet perform in the Classical 101 studio on September 25, 2019.

It’s a busy week for the Carpe Diem String Quartet. All packed into a series of concerts this week here in Columbus, they have the North American premiere of a new string quartet piece, film art, photographs and a bunch of music, new and iconic.

Between Thursday and Sunday, the Carpe Diem String Quartet will perform three concerts for all ages at the Columbus Museum of Art.

The quartet’s Thursday Night Live performance on Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. will feature the North American premiere of Shao Zheng’s Journey in the Spring, a work composed for the Carpe Diem String Quartet. Zheng’s new work will appear alongside video art by Zhang Wang.

Enjoy a preview of Zheng’s Journey in the Spring from Carpe Diem's recent visit in the Classical 101 studio.

The quartet’s Thursday Night Live series at the Columbus Museum of Art presents creative programs of music and visual art together in casual performances. Still photos by Karina Wetherbee, the wife of Carpe Diem first violinist Charles Wetherbee, will accompany the quartet’s Thursday night performance of Ravel’s iconic String Quartet.

Ravel’s Quartet will appear again on Sunday, September 29 at 2:30 p.m., when the quartet performs “Impressions,” a concert featuring works by Beethoven, Ravel and Germaine Tailleferre – the lone woman in the band of French modernists known as Les Six.

That performance takes place on the final day of the Columbus Museum of Art’s exhibition In a New Light: Alice Schille and the American Watercolor Movement.

Sunday’s “Impressions” concert follows a free family concert, which begins at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the museum’s Derby Court.

“Kids can dance around to the music,” said Carpe Diem cellist Gregory Sauer. “It’s a wonderfully open environment.”

Check out the video above for a preview of Thursday’s and Sunday’s concerts.

Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.