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Seize the Music 5 "This American Life"
Worthington, Ohio
Friday, 22 May 2015 - 8:00 PM
Sunday, 24 May 2015 - 3:00 PM
Seize the Music Concert Series. Presented by Carpe Diem String Quartet and the McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, concert series 5, "This American Life" Friday, May 22 at 8 PM and Sunday, May 24 at 3 PM. This concert features guest artist Jeff Midkiff, mandolin. Jeff is a composer and virtuoso mandolin player, and we will present the world premiere performance of the quintet arrangement of his beautiful mandolin concerto, called "From the Blue Ridge". Drawing heavily on American folk music, "From the Blue Ridge" concerto is a melodic and virtuosic showcase for both the mandolin and the strings. More information about Jeff and his work can be found at
Other works on the program include Samuel Barber's String quartet, which includes the famous "Adagio" for strings, and the String Quartet No. 2 by Arthur Foote. Not as widely known as he deserves, Arthur Foote composed gorgeous, romantic music somewhat in the style of Dvorak and Brahms, but with a little of his own "American Life" informing the musical landscape. Listen to a beautiful Foote Piano Quintet here:
Finally, there may well be some traditional encores with Jeff - think Bill Monroe meets Carpe Diem and you have the picture!
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