China Tour 2019
From Columbus to Beijing
This September, Carpe Diem had the incredible opportunity to travel to Beijing and Tianjin, China. During our ten day visit, we performed six concerts at locations including the the National Library Concert Hall in Beijing, and the BinHai Performing Arts Center in Tianjin. Our program featured Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E Flat Major with pianist Shao Zheng, Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3, Korine Fujiwara’s beloved Fiddle Suite Montana, and Shao Zheng’s new work Journey to the Spring. In addition to these pieces, we were thrilled to include traditional Chinese folk songs, which resonated with both young and old audience goers.
We were also fortunate to meet and collaborate with musicians from the Hunan Group, an organization which celebrates the unique and beautiful artistic and cultural aspects of the Hunan Province. We are so grateful to have made these new friends, and hope to have the opportunity to perform with them again in the near future!
Stars of our future
Of course, none of us in the quartet could resist doing a bit of teaching while in China. We were thrilled to meet numerous young musicians, speak to them about the joys of performing in a string quartet, and help them improve their musical skills. We are incredibly excited for the bright futures of these young musicians, and hope that music always remains a special part of their lives!
the Grand tour
A trip to China wouldn’t be complete without a tour of its national treasures. During the course of our visit, were were able to visit the National Art Museum, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China. The ancient artifacts, historical landmarks, and cultural gems were astounding, humbling, and inspiring to behold. Thank you to our Chinese hosts for making these once in a lifetime experiences a reality!