2021 Featured Performances and Connection Events

Carpe Diem String Quartet

One of the most unique and sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet is a boundary-breaking ensemble that has earned widespread critical and audience acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. Carpe Diem defies easy classification with programming that includes classical, Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music. The quartet appears on traditional concert stages (from Carnegie Hall in New York City to Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan) as well as unconventional venues (from Poisson Rouge in New York City to The Mug & Brush in Columbus, Ohio). Carpe Diem has been awarded five transformative grants from the PNC Foundation for their community outreach in Central Ohio.

Carpe Diem has become one of America's premier “indie” string quartets without sacrificing its commitment to the traditional quartet repertoire, and continues to rack up accolades and awards.

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University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1918, the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra is a 100-member all-student orchestra presenting more than 50 concerts each year, including classical, chamber, and education concerts. The group is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States, Asia, South America, and Europe.

The orchestra performs regularly with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Denyce Graves, Christine Brewer, Pink Martini, Ronan Tynan, Mark O’Connor, Wynonna Judd, Keith Lockhart, and Arlo Guthrie. They have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., regularly tour the state of Kentucky, and have played in major concert halls throughout China including Shanghai, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Yangzhou, and Beijing.

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Newcomers' Welcome

Are you new to ASTA or is this your first ASTA National Conference? Join us to connect with others who are new to the community, grow your network, and meet the ASTA Board of Directors.

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