College of Southern Maryland
Fine Arts Center Box Office
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
240-725-5499, ext. 7828
443-550-6199, ext. 7828
301-870-2309, ext. 7828
Box Office Hours:
Monday & Friday: hours vary
Tuesday-Thursday: 12 - 5 p.m.
and one (1) hour prior to each performance
Hours vary during summer months
Checks payable to CSM
CSM's campuses are accessible to patrons with disabilities. Audio description for the visually impaired and sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired are available with a minimum two week advanced notice. If you are interested in these services, please contact the academic support or ADA coordinator at 301-934-7614.
The Ward Virts Concert Series celebrates the life and talent of Ward Virts, a talented Southern Maryland pianist who passed away suddenly in 1993. A group of Ward’s friends and classmates conceived the Ward Virts Piano Project in order 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 Bösendorfer Grand Piano, a gift to the College of Southern Maryland’s Prince Frederick Campus from the Ward Virts Piano Project.
The 2014-2015 Ward Virts Concert Series will be in the multi-purpose room 104 in Building B on the Prince Frederick Campus. The series will be inaugurated by perennial Ward Virts Series favorite, pianist Brian Ganz, on October 5.
All performances begin at 3 p.m. Concerts are free with donations accepted with gratitude. The doors will open at 2:30 p.m. No tickets or reservations are needed.
The Ward Virts Concert Series is presented by our generous sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Henry Virts, and Edward and Patricia Mehosky.
October 5 | 3 p.m.Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. A laureate of the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud and the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competitions, Mr. Ganz has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the National Symphony, and the City of London Sinfonia, and has performed with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Piotr Gajewski.
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.” For many years Mr. 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 the classics of composers from Chopin to Shostakovich come to life with authentic emotional power. In January of 2011, Mr. Ganz began a multi-year project in partnership with the National Philharmonic in which he will perform the complete works of Chopin at the Music Center at Strathmore outside of Washington DC.
Mr. Ganz is on the piano faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he is artist-in-residence, and is 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).
November 2 | 3 p.m.
February 8 | 3 p.m.
March 1 | 3 p.m.
April 12 | 3 p.m.
May 3 | 3 p.m.