Tuesday, 08 May 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
On Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m., the Central Texas Orchestral Society will present Carpe Diem String Quartet in Temple at the Cultural Activities Center.
Prior to the concert, CTOS will host a reception for all concert attendees at 3 p.m. in Strasburger Hall .
There will also be a student outreach program by Carpe Diem presented to orchestra students on Monday, April 30.
Carpe Diem String Quartet is an exciting ensemble that has captured the imagination of audiences, the respect of critics, and is one of the most versatile quartets of their generation. Carpe Diem has earned critical acclaim with innovative programming, electrifying performances, and a passion for audience engagement. The group's eclectic musical interests have led them down the paths of Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music, while remaining equally at home with the traditional string quartet repertoire. Their program in Temple will include pieces by Mendelsshon, Sowash, Piazzolla, and Fujiwara.
In 2010 and 2011, Carpe Diem was the only quartet in America chosen to receive prestigious ArtsAlive Awards from the PNC Foundation. The quartet is the resident ensemble for Columbus Dance Theater, and their joint project The String Machine was aired by WOSU-PBS television through 2007-2008, and was nominated for an Emmy award.
Defying easy classification, the quartet continues to break boundaries and push the limits of the classical string quartet. Carpe Diem writes, arranges and performs music of all styles, and works with artist of many different genres, bringing new audiences into the concert hall and revitalizing the chamber music experience. Carpe Diem's diverse collaborations include songwriter/guitarist Willy Porter, Latin Grammy winner/bandoneon player Raul Juarena, cellist YoYo Ma, banjo virtuoso Graeme Boone, and Dixieland trumpeter Tom Battenburg.
This performance is the final concert of the 2011-2012 CTOS concert series. It replaces the concert scheduled for February 19 by Spanish Brass, who will appear on next season's CTOS program series. Spanish Brass season tickets can be used for admission to Carpe Diem. We will also have a list of season ticket holders at the door for those who no longer have their February 19th tickets. Other tickets can be purchased for $25 adults and $10 students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.boxofficetickets.com, at the CAC website www.cacarts.org or by calling 254-773-9926.