Carpe Diem comes to Dillon
SUMMIT COUNTY Although the majority of classical concerts in Summit County take place in the summer, the Snake River Chamber will host the Carpe Diem String Quartet Wednesday, as part of the groups nationwide tour. Formed in 2005, the Carpe Diem String Quartet is based in Columbus, Ohio, and the ensemble is in residence at Ohio Wesleyan University. With a repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary chamber music, the quartet has played in various venues all over the country and recently performed in New York City with the Columbus Dance Theater. The quartet features violinists Charles Wetherbee and John Ewing, violist Korine Fujiwara and cellist Diego Fainguersch. Wetherbee is no stranger to Summit County, having performed with the National Repertory Orchestra when it was based in Keystone. He was also an acting artistic director of the Snake River Chamber Players. Wetherbee married the granddaughter of Summit County ski pioneers Max and Edna Dercum, who founded Arapahoe Basin and Keystone Resort. (Wetherbee) has performed in Keystone many times, but this is the first time he has been able to bring the whole quartet, said Kikken Miller, who helped originate the Snake River Chamber. We usually do concerts in the summer, but we were more than willing to work around his schedule.Using cameras and video to assist in the visual presentation, as well as speaking from the stage to better engage the audience, Carpe Diem has revitalized the average chamber music recital. Carpe Diem champions the music of living composers and has given performances of works by Osvaldo Golijov, Nicholas Maw, Gunther Schuller, Kenneth Fuchs, Clancy Newman and Danny Elfman, to name a few.
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