World-class chamber music for Halloween at Annie Wright school, courtesy of Carpe Diem string quartet and Tacoma’s Second City Chamber Series
It’s a sad day in Tacoma when a world-class string quartet performs terrific music worth six standing ovations to an audience of 63. That, unfortunately, was the case last Friday night for the opening of the Second City Chamber Series season – a riveting performance of Transylvania-themed music by the Carpe Diem quartet (plus local bassist Chris Burns) in the Annie Wright School Great Hall, only half-full.
With the kind of incredibly unity of thought, emotion and sound that only a top-notch chamber group can attain, the nationally-based Carpe Diem (replacing the previously-booked Odeon) spent the night on the classical end of their indie-rock-classical reputation to whirl their way through a program of Eastern European music. Themed around Transylvania and “Castelul Dracul,” the evening went from the romantic Gypsy virtuosity of Grigoras Dinicu and Vittorio Monti to the Brahmsian Ernö Dohnányi and folk-modernist Zoltán Kodály, right up to the campy Hollywood humor of American composer Jon Deak. From start to finish, the playing was impeccable. Read more »