The World Premiere performances of Steven R. Gerber’s Spirituals in its string quartet version will be given by the Carpe Diem Quartet on Saturday, April 12 at 8 PM and Sunday, April 13 at 4 PM at Harrison Park Community Center, 575 W. 1st Ave. in Columbus, Ohio. This is part of The Randolph A. Foster Concert Series.

The composer writes about the piece, “Spirituals exists in several versions: string orchestra, clarinet and string quartet, and finally string quartet alone. This version is dedicated to the Carpe Diem Quartet, who are premiering it on these concerts in Columbus, Ohio.  The Spirituals are original pieces based on some aspect of the original Negro spirituals – a phrase, a rhythm, a contour, etc.” Other composers on the concerts are Smetana and Beethoven.

Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors. For tickets or more information, visit

The Carpe Diem String Quartet performed over 90 concerts in 33 states across the USA in the 2011-12 season, most recently playing for an audience of over 4000 at the Redlands Bowl in southern California. Their programs include Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music alongside the traditional string quartet repertoire. Visit them at

Steven Gerber’s chamber music is represented on Steven R. Gerber – Chamber Music, (Naxos 8.559618), featuring nine of his finest works in the genre, recorded by violinists Kurt Nikkanen, Cho-Liang Lin and Cyrus Beroukhim, cellist Brinton Smith and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. His most recent release is the Albany Records CD (Mostly) Piano Music (Troy 1416). Visit his website at

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