Classical Music News for January/February 2011:

LOS ANGELES -- The Music Guild, now in its 66th year, will present the Carpe Diem String Quartet in three concerts during the month of January. The famed Quartet, in residence at Ohio Wesleyan University, will perform works by Ernst von Dohnanyi, Vittorio Monti, Korine Fujiwara, Zoltan Kodaly and Jonathan Leshnoff at such venues as Schoenberg Hall, UCLA; Cal State Long Beach; and Cal State Northridge.
Leshnoff's first string quartet, "Pearl German," won critical plaudits on its release in 2009. Now Leshnoff's "String Quartet #2" will be premiered by Carpe Diem. The composition, called "The Edelman String Quartet," was commissioned by the family and friends of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Edelman of Baltimore, MD., in honor of their fitieth wedding anniversary. Leshnoff is an Associate professor of Music at Towson University in Maryland.

"I consciously constructed the melodic and structural aspects of the music to reflect the Edelmans' character," the composer said. "The principle motif of the first movement is a fragment of a melody that Dr. Edelman sings every Friday night to welcome the Sabbath." The second movement is called "Flowing," which Leshnoff described as a simple, rich and melodic song--reflecting Mrs. Edelman's warm and caring personality. "The final movement is full of kinetic energy and motion, concluding the composition with an upbeat and vivacious ending, also an allusion to the Edelmans' positive attitude on life."

Carpe Diem will also feature the Los Angeles debut of "Stillwater Gorge" and "Peasebottom" by Korine Fujiwara, the group's violist.
Carpe Diem recently recorded for the Naxos label all nine of the string quartets written by Sergey Taneyev. The group also continues its collaboration with Columbus Dance Theater; their joint project, "The String Machine," was aired recently by WOSU-PBS television.

Carpe Diem is comprised of Korine Fujiwara; Charles Wetherbee, violin; John Ewing, violin; and Kristin Ostling, cello.
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