The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present Carpe Diem String Quartet in its fourth concert of the 2011-12 season. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
This event is available to concert association members. Full-time students will be admitted to the concert for a $5 donation at the door. The auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m.
Carpe Diem has been praised as "a classical string quartet that rocks." From Pink Floyd to Beethoven, this group pushes the boundaries of string quartet literature. Last year, Carpe Diem was the only quartet in America chosen to receive a prestigious PNC ArtsAlive Award. The quartet also has been featured in "Strings" Magazine.
In residence in Columbus, Ohio, the group has captured the imagination of audiences and the respect of critics. It is becoming one of the most versatile ensembles of its generation, earning critical acclaim for its innovative programs, electrifying performances and passion for audience engagement.
In 2010 Carpe Diem released several new CDs, including one titled "Montana," by composer (and quartet member) Korine Fujiwara. "The Carpe Diem String Quartet... must be one of the most adventurous groups of its kind, wrote Edith Eisler of String Magazine. "Believing that attention to living composers begins at home, the players devoted an entire record to works of its own violist, and with performances of idiomatic empathy and infectious enthusiasm, they prove that she fully deserves their championship."