string quartet

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The intimacy of chamber music inspires passion – three or four musicians playing their hearts out together for an audience.

So when the statewide pandemic shutdown separated musicians and audience members alike, one local group of chamber music enthusiasts didn’t get mad. Instead, they got virtual.

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Question: How can music by women composers be performed on more concerts?

Answer: Perform it.

That’s what the Columbus-based string quartet Chamber Brews is doing. And they're joining a growing number of professional ensembles in their quest to showcase music by composers who, by virtue of their sex, their race and/or their socioeconomic background, have traditionally been underrepresented on  classical music concerts.

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"It’s like a lovefest."

That’s how Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin describes her collaboration with the world-renowned Pacifica Quartet.

"We feel a real kinship with each other."

That kinship formed during the summer of 2016, when the quartet performed with Isbin on her annual recital at the Aspen Music Festival. Since then, Isbin and the quartet have toured together and, most recently, have recorded Souvenirs of Spain & Italy (Cedille Records), a collection of works for guitar and string quartet by Italian and Spanish composers.

Violinists Charles Wetherbee and Marisa Ishikawa of the Carpe Diem String Quartet perform in the Classical 101 studio on September 25, 2019.
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It’s a busy week for the Carpe Diem String Quartet. All packed into a series of concerts this week here in Columbus, they have the North American premiere of a new string quartet piece, film art, photographs and a bunch of music, new and iconic.

Between Thursday and Sunday, the Carpe Diem String Quartet will perform three concerts for all ages at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Dutch rabbits, Dutch tulips, Dutch cocoa, double Dutch.

Seems like everything is going Dutch these days – even the Carpe Diem String Quartet. 

If music be the food of love, then you'll probably need something to drink with it. 

Robert Mann, a violinist and one of the founders of the Juilliard String Quartet, died on Monday at home in Manhattan. He was 97 years old.

When he was a youngster in Portland, Oregon, Mann dreamed of being a forest ranger. But destiny apparently had other plans for him: instead, he became a legendary musician.

An eagle bone whistle. A sacred rattle. A singing turtle. A “love flute.”

These are just a few of the ancient Native American instruments showcased in Anthem for the Ancestors, a new work for string quartet, Native American instruments, narrator and multimedia visual effects composed by Carpe Diem String Quartet violinist Charles Wetherbee and Native American performer and composer Leon Joseph Littlebird.

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Sunday afternoon the members of one of the world’s great string quartets will go their separate ways after 20 years together on the international concert stage.