Garden Concert Series: Carpe Diem String Quartet




Garden Concert Series: Carpe Diem String Quartet


One of the most sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet is a unique, boundary-breaking ensemble that has earned widespread critical acclaim. With programming that includes classical, Romani, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music, Carpe Diem defies easy classification, but every event is full of surprise and awe.

Discover this “indie” string quartet in Paisley and Ken Pettine’s private garden with breathtaking landscaping and stunning waterscapes. Tucked away in Northern Fort Collins, this one-of-a-kind performance, and one-of-a-kind venue will deliver wonderment and delight.

Featured Musicians

Charles Wetherbee

Charles is an artist dedicated to the music of today, as well as to the great literature of the past. In May of 2007, he was invited to St. Petersburg, Russia, to give the Russian premiere of Grammy Award winning composer John Corigliano’s Violin Concerto, and was subsequently invited back to perform the Beethoven concerto in the famous Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall. Charles has been heard nationwide on the NPR program “Performance Today”, featuring his performance of the Red Violin by Mr. Corigliano with Joanne Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra


Marisa Ishikawa

Dr. Ishikawa is an avid performer, educator, and entrepreneur based in Houston, TX. As a teacher, she is passionate about cultivating a love for music in her students. As a performer in the internationally renowned Carpe Diem String Quartet and co-founder of the arts non-profit Austin Camerata, she is devoted to curating and presenting inclusive and engaging performances that showcase diverse composers and styles of music.



Korine Fujiwara

Named as one of Strings Magazine’s “25 Contemporary Composers to Watch”, critics have remarked of Ms Fujiwara’s music, “The ear is forever tickled by beautifully judged music that manages to be sophisticated and accessible at the same time,” “Contains a very rare attribute in contemporary classical music: happiness.” (Fanfare Magazine); “She knows how to exploit all the resources of string instruments alone and together; her quartet writing is very democratic, with solos for everyone; her solo violin writing is fiendishly difficult.” (Strings Magazine).


Ariana Nelson

Cellist Ariana Nelson is based in Houston where she is a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. Her eclectic tastes have led her to appearances at Jazz at Lincoln Center, performances for patients recovering in Mount Sinai Hospital’s transplant ward, and a performance with the Silk Road Ensemble at Tanglewood. In 2015 Ariana was invited to perform in a small chamber orchestra to accompany Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center as part of the Kennedy Center Honors event.


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