Concert Association To Close Season Friday

The last concert of Jamestown Concert Association’s 2012-13 season will be Carpe Diem String Quartet on Friday at 8 p.m. in St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St.

Carpe Diem is a boundary-breaking ensemble that has earned widespread critical and audience acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. With programming that reflects its passions for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock and jazz-inspired music alongside the traditional string quartet repertoire, Carpe Diem has defied easy classification while quickly becoming one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles on the concert stage today.

The quartet is committed to pushing the limits of the classical string quartet and to changing the concert experience of chamber music. Using innovative programming, thematic concerts, popular music for younger generations, cameras and video to assist in the visual presentation, as well as speaking from the stage to better engage the audience, Carpe Diem is bringing new audiences into the concert hall and revitalizing the chamber music experience.

Violinist Charles Wetherbee has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. A founding member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, Wetherbee is also the artistic director of the Dercum Center in Keystone, Colo. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he was a founding member of the Opus 3 piano trio, which performed in the embassies of France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, as well as at the Kennedy Center. He also served as concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra from 1994-2010.

Matthew Leslie Santana is a violinist who engages audiences through a wide range of repertoire, instrumentation and media. He was a semifinalist in the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He has participated in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Intensive Quartet Seminar and was a member of the University of Michigan Graduate Quartet. As an orchestral violinist, Santana has served as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and the University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra.

Korine Fujiwara is a founding member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, a devoted and sought-after chamber musician and a gifted composer and arranger. She has participated in numerous international music festivals, including the MidAmerica Chamber Music Festival, Victoria International Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Focus! Festival of 20th Century Music at Lincoln Center and Summergarden Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. A gifted performer on both the violin and viola, Fujiwara holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Northwestern University. She served for many years on the music faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University, performed as an artist/teacher-in-residence with the Icelandic Youth Orchestra in Reykjavik, Iceland, and is in demand for master classes and clinics throughout the U.S.

Cellist Carol Ou, founding member of the Buswell-Ou Duo, often appears in solo, chamber and concerto performances with American violinist James Buswell. She received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Yale College and her master’s and doctorate degrees in music performance from the Yale School of Music. She has taught cello at Yale and MIT, and was the director of strings, chamber music and orchestral studies at Gordon College. She is currently on the cello and chamber music faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music. Since 2007, Ou has also been the chamber music director of the Heifetz International Summer Music Institute in Wolfeboro, N.H. and Staunton, Va. In addition, she has given master classes in Germany, Spain, Luxembourg, Argentina, Ukraine, Australia, Taiwan, Canada and throughout the U.S.

The program for the evening will include String Quartet No. 1 in A minor by Moeran, Monti’s Czardas, Fiddle Suite Montana and other selections written for the Carpe Diem Quartet.

Ticket prices for this concert are $20 for adults and $17 for seniors with a $2 discount for tickets purchased in advance. College students are $7.50, and students 18 and under are admitted free with an adult ticket holder. Ticket locations are the Reg Lenna Box Office, Chautauqua Music, Germaine & Pappalardo, Trinity Guitars and Wright’s Music. Call 484-7070 or 487-1522 for more information or visit JCA’s website

This concert is sponsored by Jamestown’s Rental Properties, LLC. JCA is supported in part by the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County, NYSCA with the support of Gov. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.