Austin Chamber Music Center Opens Season with Grammy Winner Raul Jaurena

     The Austin Chamber Music Center opens its 32nd Concert Season with Grammy Award winning bandoneonist Raul Jaurena joined by the Carpe Diem String Quartet and the Center's Artistic Director Michelle Schumann.  The concert will play September 28th in a private venue and September 29th at the First Unitarian Church.
     The concert will feature Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and Astor Piazzolla's "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires for Bandoneon, String Quartet, and Piano" - two works written by two vastly contrasting composers.  The concert collaboration marks the fourth time Raul Jaurena has performed with the Austin Chamber Music Center and the third time for Carpe Diem - and a first for all these artists to perform together.
    Considered by many to be the master of tango, Raul Jaurena continues to reinvent the tango by fusing the traditional tango with vibrant improvisations and elements of American jazz.  He received Latin Grammy Award for "Best Tango Album," Te amo Tango, in 2007, and his past collaborations with Paquito D'Rivera, Yo Yo Ma, Giora Freidman and major orchestras around the world have helped the tango become an internationally beloved art form.
    The premiere American indie string quartet, Carpe Diem String Quartet is best known for their unique ability to move through various musical genres with ease and draw their
inspiration from a mix of genres - from folk, to gypsy, to rock, to jazz - while also being equally comfortable with traditional string quartet repertoire.  Composed of violinists John Ewing and Charles Wetherbee, violist Korine Fujiwara and cellist Carol Ou, Carpe Diem has earned critical acclaim with innovative programs, electrifying performances and a passion for audience engagement.
     Since 2006, Michelle Schumann has served as Artistic Director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, where she has won multiple awards from the Austin Critics Table including the coveted award for "Body of Work/Season."  Schumann's specialty is developing unexpectedly integrated and thought-provoking programs, and her brand of performance includes an enthusiastic interplay with the audience - where she shares surprising insights about the music, composers' lifestyles and the social context of music performed.
     Performances will be September 28th in a private venue and September 29th at First Unitarian Church, located at 4700 Grover Avenue.  Both concert performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
    Tickets for the September 28th concert are $60 per person, and tickets for September 29th are $25 per person.  For more information and reservations, call (512) 454-0026 or visit

(Photos of Raul Juarena [top] and Carpe Diem String Quartet courtesy ACMC)
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