Pianist Brian Ganz Comes to Prince Frederick March 10 as Part of Ward Virts Concert Series

The CSM Ward Virts Concert Series will feature classical pianist Brian Ganz at 3 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the College of Southern Maryland's Prince Frederick Campus.

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) continues its 2018-2019 Ward Virts Concert Series March 10 at its Prince Frederick Campus with a free performance by classical pianist Brian Ganz, who is widely regarded as one of the leading pianist of his generation.

For many years, Ganz has made it his mission to join vivid music making with warmth and intimacy onstage to produce a new kind of listening experience, in which great works come to life with authentic emotional power. The Washington Post has written: “One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth.”

Ganz is on the piano faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he is artist-in-residence, and is also a member of the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. He is the artist-editor of the Schirmer Performance Edition of Chopin’s Preludes (2005).

The Ward Virts Concert Series celebrates the life and work of Ward Virts, a talented Southern Maryland pianist who died suddenly in 1993. A group of Ward’s friends and classmates conceived the Ward Virts Piano Project to bring the love of life, beauty and music that Ward embodied to a new generation of Southern Maryland students, performers and appreciative audiences. The concerts are performed on a world-class handcrafted Bosendorfer Grand Piano, a gift to CSM’s Prince Frederick Campus from the Ward Virts Piano Project.

The Ward Virts Concert Series is presented by sponsors Dr. and Mrs. Henry Virts, Eric and Rané Franklin, Mary Anna Phillips, Stovy and Anne Brown and the CSM Foundation. Grants provided by the Arts Council of Calvert County and Maryland State Arts Council also make the performances possible.

The series takes place in the Multipurpose Room 104 in Building B on the Prince Frederick Campus. All performances begin at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. No tickets or reservations are needed. Concerts are free.

For information on the Ward Virts Concert Series, visit https://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/ward-virts-series/index.

Calendar

CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: Brian Ganz, piano. 3 p.m. March 10. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, B-104, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Pianist Brian Ganz will perform. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. 301-934-7828 or visit www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/ward-virts-series/index.

CSM Wards Virts Concert Series: Creative Concert Group, “Dvořák Reimagined.” 3 p.m. April 14. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, B-104, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. The Creative Concert Group is comprised of chamber musicians who perform creative versions of well-known classical works. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. 301-934-7828 or visit www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/ward-virts-series/index.

CSM Wards Virts Concert Series: Jazz One: “Happening Now.” 3 p.m. May 12. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, B-104, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Jazz One is an ensemble from the D.C./Baltimore area who perform a variety of concerts focusing on a special genre or time period. Their specialty is recreating historic jazz. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. 301-934-7828 or visit www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/ward-virts-series/index.

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