The 26th Annual Music Festival at Walnut Hill
July 20 to August 13, 2017
Concerts and Master Classes
Admission free. Suggested Donation $5 at door


Thursday, July 27, 2017,  7;30 PM


Delbridge Recital Hall

The Carpe Diem String Quartet
Charles Wetherbee and Amy Galluzzo, violins
Korine Fujiwara, viola
Carol Ou, cello
with guest artist
James Buswell, viola


SCHUBERT: Quartettsatz in C Minor, D.703

TANEYEV: String Quartet No. 9 in A Major
Allegro moderato
Allegro giocoso


BRAHMS: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111
Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
Un poco Allegretto
Vivace ma non troppo presto


Steinway piano provided by M. Steinert & Sons

Meet The Artists
Carpe Diem String Quartet
Charles Wetherbee, violin
Amy Galluzzo, violin
Korine Fujiwara, viola
Carol Ou, cello
One of the most unique and sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet is a boundary-breaking ensemble that has earned widespread critical and audience acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. Carpe Diem defies easy classification with programming that reflects its passions for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music, and has become one of America's premiere “indie” string quartets, without sacrificing its commitment to the traditional quartet repertoire. From a recent review "Until Saturday evening, I had never heard a performance by one of these multilingual quartets where the classical repertoire was delivered at a level that was competitive with the finest traditional groups. But the Carpe Diem Quartet, appearing at the Dumbarton Church, was extraordinary. Among these contemporary quartets who speak in different tongues, the Carpe Diem is the best one out there." (
The Washington Post, Washington, DC)
The quartet continues to rack up accolades and awards. For three consecutive years, Carpe Diem was the only quartet in America chosen to receive an ArtsAlive Award from the PNC Foundation, and they received rave reviews such as: “This is an accomplished ensemble with a distinctive sound and personality” (San Diego Union Tribune); “One would have to search long and hard to find a more charming and enjoyable chamber music concert. A number of elements contributed to this end result, not the least of which the superb musicianship of the four musicians - Carpe Diem is a seriously talented quartet in the most traditional definition.”(
Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, FL).  
Carpe Diem seeks out, and is sought after by, artists from many different genres for collaborations. Carpe Diem’s diverse musical partnerships include American singer/songwriter/guitarist Willy Porter, Latin Grammy winner/bandoneón player Raul Juarena, klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, cellist Yo Yo Ma, banjo virtuoso and Canadian Folk Music "Artist of the Year" Jayme Stone, Dixieland trumpeter Tom Battenberg, Chinese pipa player Yihan Chen, and world master of the Persian santoor Dariush Saghafi. The quartet is the resident ensemble for Columbus Dance Theatre, and their joint project The String Machine was aired by WOSU-PBS television through 2007-2008, and nominated for an Emmy award. Carpe Diem champions the music of living composers, and has commissioned, premiered, and performed works from a broad and stylistically diverse range of composers including Frank Bennett, Lawrence Dillon, Danny Elfman, Ken Fuchs, Korine Fujiwara, Osvaldo Golijov, Andre Hajdu, Donald Harris, Jennifer Higdon, Jonathan Leshnoff, Nicholas Maw, William Thomas McKinley, Clancy Newman, Carter Pann, Kevin Putts, Eric Sawyer, Gunther Schuller, Richard Smoot, Bradley Sowash, Reza Vali, and Bruce Wolosoff, among others.
Carpe Diem String Quartet is represented by: Lisa Sapinkopf Artists & Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.

guest artist :  James Buswell,  violin viola

James Buswell is one of the most versatile musicians of the 21st century. As a solo violinist, he has performed more than one hundred concerti with orchestras on five continents. In 2014 he expanded this list of solo repertoire with debut recordings of one Turkish and one American Concerto from the 20th century for release on the Naxos label. He was a Grammy nominee for his recording of the Barber Violin Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Distinguished conductors with whom he has collaborated include Leonard Bernstein, George Szell, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Pierre Boulez, and Michael Tilson Thomas. It was natural for Mr. Buswell to take up the baton early in his musical career, and he has conducted opera, ballet, and symphonic repertoire also on five continents.

While still attending Harvard University Buswell became well known as a chamber musician and recitalist. He performed at the opening of the Alice Tully Hall in New York with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which he later joined as a regular artist-member. He has given world premiere performances and made recordings of works by many contemporary composers including Ned Rorem, Yehudi Wyner, Gunther Schuller, John Harbison, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Ellen Taafe Zwilich.

James Buswell is also known as one of America’s preeminent teachers. He was on the faculties of both Indiana University and the New England Conservatory when each institution experienced a golden age of string pedagogy. He is in great demand giving master classes and workshops all over the world. Yet performance continues to be the center of his life as a musician, and praise for his “sensitive, evocative, compelling playing,” continues unabated today.


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