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Ohio Wesleyan University’s Performing Arts Series Presents ‘The String Machine’ with Columbus Dance Theatre & Carpe Diem String Quartet

December 16, 2009

Columbus Dance Theatre will perform ‘The String Machine’ with music by Carpe Diem String Quartet on Jan. 16, 2010, as part of Ohio Wesleyan’s Performing Arts Series.
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DELAWARE, OH – The relationship between humanity and technology will be explored in an artistic performance Jan. 16, 2010, at Ohio Wesleyan University, when the Columbus Dance Theatre and Carpe Diem String Quartet unite to present “The String Machine.”

The event, part of Ohio Wesleyan’s annual Performing Arts Series, will feature dancers and musicians connected to a futuristic machine of sound and movement. Audiences will question humanity’s current relationship with technology as they watch this mesmerizing interplay of sound, movement, technology, and theatre.

“The String Machine” comes to life under artistic direction of Tim Veach, founder of the Columbus Dance Theatre. Performances by this contemporary ballet company, school, and local arts presenter have been hailed as “a must destination for dance lovers” by The Columbus Dispatch.

Music will be provided by the Carpe Diem String Quartet, currently in residence at Ohio Wesleyan. The quartet—featuring violinists Charles Wetherbee and John Ewing, violist Korine Fujiwara, and cellist Diego Fainguersch—has earned critical acclaim for its innovative programs, electrifying performances, and passion for audience engagement. Carpe Diem’s latest CD was selected for the 2009 Grammy Awards Entry List in four categories: Best Classical Album, Best Chamber Music Performance, Best New Artist, and Best Engineered Album-Classical.

“The String Machine” will be performed at 8 p.m. Jan. 16 in Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave. Tickets for this and all Performing Arts Series events, are $20 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens and non-Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid ID. Tickets are free for Ohio Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com or by calling the Performing Arts Series phone messaging service at (740) 368-3629.

Additional 2009-2010 Ohio Wesleyan Performing Arts Series events will include:

  • 8 p.m. Jan. 31, 2010Cecile Licad, pianist. Hailed as a “pianist’s pianist” by The New Yorker, Licad’s large repertoire as an orchestral soloist ranges from acclaimed interpretations of the classical works of Mozart and Beethoven, to the Romantic literature of Brahms and Tchaikovsky, to the 20th century compositions of Debussy and Ravel. Licad will perform in University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St.
  • 8 p.m. Feb. 27, 2010Chanticleer, men’s chorus. Known around the world as an “orchestra of voices,” Chanticleer features a seamless blend of 12 male voices ranging from countertenor to bass. Performances include original interpretations of vocal literature from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. Chanticleer has been called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker and was named 2008 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America. Chanticleer will perform in University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 45 states and 57 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.