Carpe Diem String Quartet: Big Sky Big City
Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm • Christ Church Cathedral
Carpe Diem String Quartet
String Quartet Op. 96 “American” Antonin Dvořák
Fiddle Suite: Montana Korine Fujiwara
From the time of its founding in 2005, Carpe Diem has won critical praise for its mastery of the classical chamber music canon, as well as its ability to expand upon the traditional string music repertoire. The group showcases works inspired by both rural and urban settings, including Dvořák’s much-loved American string quartet. It was written during Dvořák’s summer vacation in Spillville, Iowa, home to a community of Czech immigrants. Carpe Diem’s founding violist, Korine Fujiwara, is also a gifted composer and arranger. Raised amid the majestic scenery of Big Sky country, her Fiddle Suite: Montana depicts five favorite scenic spots in a work about family and tradition. Serving as a contrast will be music of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, stretching from New York City’s Tin Pan Alley and Harlem to the hustle of Hollywood.