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The College of Southern Maryland welcomes clarinetist Takako Mato, flutist Lucy Snell and pianist Stephen Johnson to perform at the Ward Virts Concert Series at 3 p.m., Nov. 11 at the Prince Frederick Campus, Room 119. The performance is the second of six in the concert series, which is held at CSMs Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick.
Mato is an active clarinet instructor and performer in Southern Maryland. Currently a clarinetist with the Southern Maryland Concert Band, she was previously principal clarinetist in the Pottstown, Pa Symphony Orchestra. Matos recent performances include the Chesapeake Choral Arts Societys 2011 performance of Handels Messiah and with Snell and Johnson in a performance for the Southern Maryland Chamber Music Society. Mato is a certified music instructor through St. Marys College of Maryland where she also studied the integration of technology in the music classroom.
Snell spent 30 years performing in the United States Air Force Band, where she played flute, alto flute, bass flute and piccolo in the Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Trio. She has also performed with the Virginia Symphony, Albuquerque Symphony and Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra. She currently appears as a recitalist and clinician throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Snell earned a masters degree in music education from Indiana University and a bachelors degree in music education from the University of New Mexico. She also holds permanent certification in flute through the Music Teachers National Association.
Johnson is professor and coordinator of music at CSM. He has had an active 30-year career as an accompanist and chamber musician having performed collaborative recitals in Maine, Connecticut, New York, West Virginia and Maryland. Johnson also teaches music theory and history and leads and arranges music for CSMs Latin Ensemble, Ritmo Caché.
The Ward Virts Concert Series is sponsored by Edward and Patricia Mehosky, St. Clair and Mary Tweedie, Gerry Van De Velde and Rene Cunningham, and CSM. The centerpiece of the concert series is a world-class Boesendorfer Grand Piano, which was gifted to CSM by the Ward Virts Piano Project (WVPP) for the enjoyment the Southern Maryland community.
The WVPP was formed by friends and classmates of pianist Ward Virts, whose sudden death in 1993 inspired them to purchase this hand-made piano and dedicate the piano in Virts memory. Inspired by Virts life and spirit, his friends and classmates conceived the project in order to bring the love of life, beauty and music that Virts embodied to a new generation of Southern Maryland students, performers and appreciative audiences.
CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: Takako Mato, Lucy Snell, Stephen Johnson. 3 p.m., Nov. 11, College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Clarinetist Takako Mato, Flutist Lucy Snell and pianist Stephen Johnson will perform as part of the Ward Virts Concert Series, sponsored by Edward and Patricia Mehosky, St. Clair and Mary Tweedie, Gerry Van De Velde and Rene Cunningham and CSM. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. 443-550-6011, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.csmd.edu/Arts.