The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces its 2017-18 fine arts program, which includes visual art shows, theater productions for adults and children, dance performances, musical concerts, recitals and readings by nationally known authors and poets.
The academic year of music will include the Ward Virts Concert Series on the Prince Frederick Campus. Returning this year will be Brian Ganz on the piano at 3 p.m. Oct. 8; Megan Jolley, viola, will perform at 3 p.m. Nov. 1; Tanya Langlois, mezzo-soprano, will perform at 3 p.m. Feb. 11; Michael Kannen on the cello at 3 p.m. March 11; Holly Roadfeldt, piano, will play at 3 p.m. April 8; and Anthony Zwerdling, baritone, will perform at 3 p.m. May 13.
The Benny C. Morgan Recital Series will continue this year at the Leonardtown Campus. This recital series, honoring the late music teacher, will feature performances from the Bruce Swaim Jazz Quartet 3 p.m. Oct. 7; Michael Langlois on the piano 3 p.m. Nov. 18; Anthony Zwerdling, baritone, at 3 p.m. Feb. 17; and the Calvert Chamber Players, 3 p.m. March 17.
Each semester, CSM’s private studio teachers recommend their most accomplished students for performance in the Music Student Honors Recitals. The recitals feature a diversity of musical styles, both instrumental and vocal. This year the recitals will take place at the La Plata Campus at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14; and 2:30 p.m. May 3.
The Southern Maryland Concert Band will perform twice this year, at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and at 2:30 p.m. May 12. CSM’s Latin Ensemble, Ritmo Caché, directed by Professor Dr. Stephen Johnson, will be in concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 on the La Plata Campus. The Solid Brass Jazz Ensemble Concert, under the direction of Randy Runyon, will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 16 also at the La Plata Campus.
The 15th Annual Jazz Festival will be held April 6-7 this year. CSM will kick off the festival with an area public school Jazz Band Clinic on April 6, which will begin at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day. The festival will conclude with performances by the Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m. April 6 and 8 p.m. April 7.
Several vocal ensembles are scheduled to perform at CSM this year. Southern Mix, under the direction of Paul Douglass, will hold a “Special Concert with the CSM Chorale and Chamber Choir” at 8 p.m. Dec.15. The men’s barbershop chorus will also offer a Barbershop Extravaganza at 4 p.m. April 14. Both of these musical events are happening on the La Plata Campus. CSM’s Chorale and Chamber Choir, directed by Siobhan O’Brien, will perform with the barbershop chorus, and can also be heard at the CSM Pops Concert. This event, featuring performances by Southern Mix Barbershop Chorus, Ritmo Caché Latin Ensemble, CSM Chorale and Chamber Choir, will be at 7 p.m. April 7 on the La Plata Campus.