Carpe Diem String Quartet closes chamber music series' 60th season

Carpe Diem String Quartet: Gregory Sauer, cello; Marisa Ishikawa, violin; Korine Fujiwara, viola: Charles Wetherbee, violin. Photo by Michelle Massey Barnes

Describing one of Carpe Diem String Quartet’s recent performances, The New York Times exclaimed, “The Carpe Diem players turned in a fiery and flexible performance that was astonishingly free.” New York Theatre Guide asserted, “This ensemble must be held in only the highest and most reverent esteem.”

Happily for us, this boundary-breaking chamber ensemble will be appearing at the Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s last concert of its 60th season on Monday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the astonishingly clear and pristine acoustics of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River. The ensemble will be performing contemporary works as well as Dvorak’s "String Quartet in G Major." Also included will be a world premiere commissioned by the RRCMS. 

Carpe Diem seeks out and is sought by musical artists from many different genres including guitarist Willy Porter, klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone, and world master of the Persian santoor Dariush Saghafi. The quartet is dedicated to community engagement and to changing the concert experience of chamber music. Founded in 2005, the quartet has performed across the country and in Suntory Hall, Japan.

In this its 60th anniversary season, Rocky River Chamber Music Society remains firmly committed to presenting concerts to Northeast Ohio audiences at no admission charge. All are welcome. For further information visit the RRCMS website at, or follow RRCMS on Facebook and Twitter.

Carol Jacobs

Carol Jacobs is a retired archivist, librarian, and curator who resides in Westlake and serves on the board of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society.  

Read More on Arts & Entertainment
Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:13 PM, 05.06.2019