Faculty Tuesdays

Faculty Tuesdays

Oct 12, 2021

Faculty Tuesdays

Bassoonist Yoshi Ishikawa, oboist Peter Cooper and the Carpe Diem String Quartet will present the world premiere of a sextet by Korine Fujiwara, a leading woman composer. Ishikawa and the Carpe Diem String Quartet will also perform intriguing works by Jennifer Higdon—another renowned contemporary composer—in addition to delightful compositions by Antonio Vivaldi and Franz Danzi.

Renowned CU Boulder College of Music faculty artists perform with students and colleagues in chamber music recitals featuring world premieres and beloved classics. Free most Tuesdays August through March.

Performance date and time

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. MDT

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Higdon: Dark Wood; Danzi: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 40 No. 3, for Bassoon and Strings; Fujiwara: Out of the Depths —Sextet for Oboe, Bassoon and String Quartet (World Premiere)

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Program notes

Dark Wood

Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962)

Dark Wood is a work that features the bassoon ... a wonderful instrument that does not have a tremendous amount of chamber literature. I wanted to create a work that features the bassoon prominently, but also respects it within the framework of a true chamber dialogue (along with its partners, the violin, cello and piano). Since much of the literature for this beautiful instrument is slow moving, I made the conscious decision to explore its virtuosic abilities. While there is slow music within the piece, there is an emphasis on real “bite” within the language, rhythm and tempi.

The title refers to the beauty of the bassoon’s wood.

Dark Wood was commissioned in 2001 by St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, with funds provided by The Jerome Foundation. —Program note by Jennifer Higdon

Out of the Depths — Sextet for Oboe, Bassoon and String Quartet  (World Premiere)

Korine Fujiwara

De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine:
Domine, exaudi vocem meam.
Fiant aures tuae intendentes:
in vocem deprecationis meae. 

Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let thy ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications.
—From Psalm 130 KJV

The little cares that fretted me
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the winds at play
From Out in the Fields, Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The prayer De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine is a regular part of Jewish, Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican and other Protestant liturgies.

Out of the Depths was inspired by this psalm, the timeless beauty of Josquin des Prez’ motet De profundis clamavi, and the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning in her poem Out in the Fields. When life’s big events hit hard and fast, and the metaphorical (and occasionally literal) dust settles, the personal journey of self-examination involving faith, spirituality, and purpose canleave one with clarity about things that truly matter.

Out of the Depths was commissioned in 2021 by Yoshi Ishikawa, with funds provided by the Roser Visiting Artists Program.

Due to popular demand for Faculty Tuesdays concerts, we advise arriving early to secure a seat. These concerts are general admission on a first-come-first-served basis. House doors open 30 minutes before concert start.


Yoshiyuki (Yoshi) Ishikawa


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Peter Cooper


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Charles Wetherbee


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Marisa Ishikawa


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Brenda Ishikawa


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Korine Fujiwara


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Ariana Nelson


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