Carpe Diem String Quartet, pianist Len Rhodes to perform in Breckenridge |

Carpe Diem String Quartet, pianist Len Rhodes to perform in Breckenridge

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If you go

What: Carpe Diem String Quartet with pianist Len Rhodes, presented by the Dercum Center and Summit Music and Arts

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28

Where: Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium, Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge

Cost: Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door; students 17 and younger are free

More information: Visit, or call (970) 389-5788

Joining forces again with a new collaborative concept, Chas Wetherbee, Dercum Center artistic director and violinist with the Carpe Diem String Quartet, and Len Rhodes, Summit Music and Arts artistic director and artist in residence, will perform together in a piano quintet on Saturday, March 28, at Colorado Mountain College.

Rhodes will join Carpe Diem String Quartet members Wetherbee, violin; Amy Galluzzo, violin; Carol Ou, cello; and Korine Fujiwara, violin/viola, in a concert that will appeal to a variety of musical tastes.

The program will include “Norwegian Wood,” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27, by Edvard Grieg; and “Fiddle Suite Montana,” by Korine Fujiwara, performed by Carpe Diem String Quartet; as well as two piano quintet arrangements by Rhodes — a medley from The Beatles “The Magical Mystery Tour” and the world premiere performance of Rhodes’ new arrangement of Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park,” made famous by Richard Harris and Donna Summer, among others.

This concert is part of the 2014-15 Summit Music and Arts Concert Series, with a mission “to unite artists with our community in experiencing the unique power of music.” The Dercum Center for Arts and Humanities is known for bringing renowned artists, musicians and lecturers to Summit County to enrich, educate, strengthen and impact the community.

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 reflects its passions for gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock and jazz-inspired music, and has become one of America’s premiere “indie” string quartets, without sacrificing its commitment to the traditional quartet repertoire.

For three consecutive years, Carpe Diem was the only quartet in America chosen to receive prestigious ArtsAlive Awards from the PNC Foundation. The quartet seeks out, and is sought after by, artists from many different genres for collaborations, has a busy recording schedule and continues its project of recording the nine string quartets of Sergey Taneyev for the Naxos label. Carpe Diem is dedicated to community engagement and regularly performs programs specifically designed to relate to audiences of all ages and establish chamber music’s relevance to their lives.

About the musicians

Wetherbee is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Aaron Rosand. A native of Buffalo, New York, Wetherbee has performed solos under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovitch, as well as performances with the Japan Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota (Columbia), the Columbus Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the State Orchestra of Leningrad and many others. Wetherbee is a devoted teacher, currently assistant professor of violin at The University of Colorado, Boulder.

A native of Kansas, Galluzzo moved to Great Britain, where she began her violin studies. She went on to study with Dona Lee Croft, a professor at the Royal College of Music, London, and to earn a bachelors and masters with honors and a graduate diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied with Marylou Speaker Churchill and James Buswell. She has collaborated in chamber music concerts with artists including Masuko Ushioda, Carol Rodland, James Buswell and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and was a finalist in both the Naftzger and New England Conservatory Concerto competitions and winner of the Jules C. Reiner Prize for violin.

A versatile artist, Ou is known for her “fiery, marvelous” and “meltingly melodic outpourings” (Boston Globe) and her “wonderfully pure cello tone and incisive technique” (The Strad Magazine). With the Carpe Diem String Quartet and her duo partner, American violinist James Buswell, Ou performs throughout the United States and on five continents. A Yale graduate, Ou has taught at the New England Conservatory of Music, Yale and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fujiwara is a violinist, violist, composer and co-founder of Carpe Diem String Quartet. Named one of Strings Magazine’s “25 Contemporary Composers to Watch,” critics say of her music, “The ear is forever tickled by beautifully judged music that manages to be sophisticated and accessible at the same time” (Fanfare). Fujiwara holds degrees from Juilliard and Northwestern University; studied with Joseph Fuchs, Myron Kartman, Harvey Shapiro, Robert Mann and Joel Krosnik; was a longtime faculty member of Ohio Wesleyan University, and is in great demand for master classes and clinics.

Rhodes received diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music and the London College of Music, with continuing studies in composition at the University of London. He is a fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, United Kingdom, and his career as music director, arranger, composer, pianist, organist and teacher has spanned more than 40 years. Rhodes was recently granted copyright and distribution rights for “MacArthur Park,” arranged for piano quintet, by Universal-Polygram International Publishing Inc. through Hal Leonard Corp.

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