Carpe Diem closes its doors

Operations ceased Monday, 18 months after the arts center opened
Monday, November 1, 2010 | 8:58 p.m. CDT; updated 9:22 p.m. CDT, Monday, November 1, 2010

COLUMBIA — Since it opened in May 2009, Carpe Diem, the arts space on the corner of Eighth and Locust streets, has promoted and encouraged appreciation of classical music and arts in an informal way.

All that is now history. Carpe Diem has closed after 18 months. It is effective immediately.

In an e-mail sent out Monday evening to subscribers of the arts center’s mailing list, co-owners Alex Innecco and Dianna Long confirmed the center’s sudden closing but did not provide additional details.

"It's been a terrific run, but Carpe Diem has closed its doors," the e-mail stated.

In a small building that almost resembled a living room inside, Carpe Diem offered a variety of services to the art and music lovers of Columbia, including music lessons and recitals, art shows, pre-concert lectures, plays and concert trips.

Innecco, who is the artistic conductor of Columbia Chorale and the music director at Missouri United Methodist Church, also taught music history and music appreciation classes at Carpe Diem.

In September, Innecco gave a series of lectures called “Dangerous Liaisons." In three of the nine lectures, he talked about the music of Mozart, Wagner and Chopin and discussed their affiliations and relationships with Antonio Salieri, Adolf Hitler and George Sand, respectively. In between playing their arias and sonatas from his iPod and describing historical details, he kept the audience, which usually consisted of 10 to 12 adults, engaged with constant jokes and quips.

The e-mail sent out Monday thanked the loyal members of the Carpe Diem community while maintaining a tone of optimism.

“We will miss you immensely, but you will see us in concert halls and art galleries — and we look forward to talking to you then,” the e-mail stated. “Once again, thank you for your trust and for your friendship.”

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