Carpe Diem String Quartet to play Guest Recital
Carpe Diem String Quartet
November 6, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University's School of Music will host a guest
concert given by the Carpe Diem String Quartet on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3:00 p.m. in
Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall, 1210 N. Park St., in Bloomington. The Ohio
group will be presented as part of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival, an outgrowth
of the IWU Chamber Music Camp and Festival that, until now, has only been held in
The event is free and open to the public.
In addition to performing a concert, the Carpe Diem Quartet will offer master classes
to Illinois Wesleyan students. Carpe Diem's founding members formed the quartet in
order to share their passion for chamber music and expand their national and international
visibility. Even though the group is relatively new, they have already earned critical
acclaim as a premier chamber ensemble with a diverse repertoire and passion for audience
According to the group members, Carpe Diem is deeply committed to the music of our
times and has already embarked on several ambitious projects. The musicians are also
members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Carpe Diem will perform pieces by Taneyev, Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Arensky. Quartet
members include Charles Wetherbee and Robert Firdman on violin, Korine Fujiwara on
viola and Wendy Morton on cello. Nina Gordon, associate professor of cello and chamber
music, will perform on cello with the quartet.
By naming the event as part of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival at Illinois Wesleyan,
the program takes on a year-round presence. Gordon, who is founder/director of the
IWU Summer Music Program, hopes to present another concert in the spring of 2007 to
give the program a "concert window" of summer, fall and spring for the year-round
The IWU summer festival program included an intensive chamber music training camp
open to high school and junior high school students. Participants attended daily
coaching, rehearsals, master classes and performances by students and faculty.
For additional information, contact Gordon at (309) 556-3828.
Contact: Amanda ReCupido, (309) 556-3181