The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) continues its year-long celebration of its 60th anniversary by kicking off the 2018-2019 Ward Virts Concert Series with a special performance by CSM faculty October 14 at the CSM Prince Frederick Campus. CSM Adjunct Piano Instructor Michael Santana and CSM Chair/Professor Dr. Stephen Johnson will be performing a variety of works for piano duet, piano solo and solo songs for the 60th anniversary celebration.
“We’ll be four hands and one piano,” shared Johnson, “and we are looking forward to our conversation with the audience throughout our performances.” Johnson added the duo will perform a variety of literature ranging from Mozart to the African American song to piano music of the 20th century.
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.