OWU Home

News Release

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Music Presents Carpe Diem String Quartet, Pianist Michelle Schumann

September 13, 2010

Carpe Diem String Quartet
Michelle Schumann
DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Music will present the Carpe Diem String Quartet and pianist Michelle Schumann in recital at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St. The free program will feature Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, Op. 133, Dohnanyi’s String Quartet No. 2, and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, Op. 57.

Michelle Schumann is a highly sought after solo pianist and collaborative artist both in her hometown of Austin, Texas, and throughout the United States, Europe, and her native Canada. Her performances have been described as “smart, irresistible, and utterly captivating” and have regularly been included among the years’ top arts events by the Austin American-Statesman. Schumann has been nominated for best instrumentalist (2003, 2006, and 2007), and she won the award for Best Chamber Music Performance from the Austin Critics Table in 2006 and 2007. She is the artistic director of the Austin Chamber Music Center and serves as an associate professor of music and artist in residence at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where she also is artistic director of the Hillman Visiting Artists Series.

Carpe Diem String Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at Ohio Wesleyan, is an exciting group that has captured the imagination of audiences, the respect of critics, and is becoming one of the most versatile ensembles of its generation. Carpe Diem has earned critical acclaim with innovative programs, electrifying performances, and passion for audience engagement. The quartet—violinists Charles Wetherbee and John Ewing, violist Korine Fujiwara, and cellist Kristin Ostling—is dedicated to music education and outreach, and regularly performs educational programs specifically designed to relate to students of all ages and establish classical music’s relevance to their lives.

Carpe Diem is quickly becoming the premier American “Indie” string quartet. Its members perform the classical string quartet repertoire, but their musical passion has led them down the paths of gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music. Upcoming collaborations that showcase Carpe Diem’s outside-the-box programs include concerts with Graeme Boone, banjo; Peter Soave, accordion/bandoneon; and Willy Porter, guitarist and songwriter. Their inventive school and outreach programs even make use of video game songs, and TV and movie theme music such as “The Simpsons.” Recent projects include “Montana,” a new work written by quartet member and Montana native Korine Fujiwara, that draws on the composer’s roots in improvisational folk fiddling and never fails to leave audiences wowed.

The quartet has a busy recording schedule and continues its project of recording the nine string quartets of Sergey Taneyev for the Naxos label. The first CD of this series was selected for the 51st Grammy Awards Entry List (2009) in four categories: Best Classical Album, Best Chamber Music Performance, Best New Artist, and Best Engineered Album-Classical.

For additional information about this performance, call (740) 368-3700, e-mail musicd@owu.edu, or visit OWU’s Department of Music Web site.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.