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La Plata, MD 20646-0910
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Ward Virts Concert Series

About the Series

Brian Ganz

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 Wardís 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 Marylandís Prince Frederick Campus from the Ward Virts Piano Project.

The 2013-2014 Ward Virts Concert Series will now be in the new multi-purpose room 104 in the new Building B on the Prince Frederick Campus. The series will be inaugurated by perennial Ward Virts Series favorite, pianist Brian Ganz, on October 6.

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.

Ward Virts Concert Series Performances 2013-2014

Brian GanzBRIAN GANZ, Piano

October 6  |  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: ďOne 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.Ē 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. Maryís 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 Chopinís Preludes (2005).


Kurtis AdamsKURTIS ADAMS, Saxophone

November 10  |  3 p.m.

Award-winning jazz composer and saxophonist Kurtis Adams found his passion for music at an early age while raiding his parentsí eclectic music collection. As a member of the jazz scenes in Denver, Atlanta, and points in between, he has been privileged to share the stage with great musicians including Arturo Sandoval, Paquito DíRivera, Joe Lovano, Conrad Herwig, Bob Mintzer, Tom Harrell, Greg Gisbert, Pat Bianchi, Brad Goode, John Gunther, and Chip Stephens.

His compositions have received high praise including an award for Best Original Composition from Downbeat Magazine. He can be heard on Seabreeze Records as a member of the Mike Pagan Big Band as well as on various small group recordings including his first release as a leader, Two Weeks from Tuesday, and newest release, Collage. As an educator, Dr. Adams has served on the faculties of Gordon College and Boise State University and is currently director of Jazz Studies at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. For more information, visit

Timothy HudsonTIMOTHY HUDSON, trumpet

February 16  |  3 p.m.

Timothy Hudson is a Yamaha performance artist, Summit recording artist, and artist/teacher of trumpet at Gardner-Webb University. He is a graduate of Indiana University, New England Conservatory of Music, and UNC-Greensboro, and studied trumpet with Charles Schlueter, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Edmund Cord, former principal trumpet with the Israel Philharmonic and Utah Symphony Orchestras; and Dr. Frederick Beck, former professor of trumpet at UNC Greensboro.

As a performer, Mr. Hudson has been a member of professional orchestras in the U.S. and abroad under world-class conductors including Lorin Maazel, Yoel Levi, Leonard Slatkin, James DePreist, Mariss Jansons,  Skitch Henderson, and Enrique Bátiz. He has held the principal trumpet position with the Knoxville Symphony (TN), Chamber Orchestra of Northern New York, New England Philharmonic, and Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico. Mr. Hudson is the founding member and director of the Carolina Brass.

He has been a brass educator at universities in the United States, Taiwan, and Mexico. During the summers, he is on the artist/faculty of the Chugach Music Festival in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Hudson has given numerous master classes and solo recitals at many of the nationís leading universities. For the past twenty years, Mr. Hudson has backed up pop/jazz artists such as Ray Charles, The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Neil Sedaka, Tony Bennett, Kenny Rogers, The Moody Blues, Kenny G, Chuck Mangione, Marvin Hamlisch, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others.

Laura ArmstrongLAURA ARMSTRONG, clarinet

March 9  |  3 p.m.

Laura Armstrong is a freelance clarinetist and saxophonist currently living in Baltimore, MD, and is a faculty member of Shippensburg University and Frederick Community College, where she teaches clarinet and saxophone. In 2012, she was invited to perform as a soloist at the International Clarinet Associationís ClarinetFest held in Lincoln, NE. Ms. Armstrong has also appeared as a soloist with the Duquesne University Contemporary Ensemble in a performance of John Adamsís Gnarly Buttons for Clarinet and Chamber Ensemble in 2004. She is an active recitalist, a founding member of the Fortunata Trio, and has been a frequent collaborator with the TEMPO Contemporary Ensemble.

Ms. Armstrong has performed with a variety of orchestras and ensembles including the Honolulu Symphony, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Capital City Symphony, and Library of Congress Chorale Orchestra. Her principal clarinet teachers have been Paul Cigan, Ron Samuels, Valerie Martin, and Amanda Smilo. She has also studied saxophone under Gail Levinsky and Ron Bixler. Ms. Armstrong holds a DMA degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Maryland and has also received an MM from Duquesne University and a BM from Susquehanna University.

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Bernard VallandinghamBERNARD VALLANDINGHAM,  violin

April 6  |  3 p.m.

Bernard Vallandingham began studying violin at the age of nine. At age fifteen, he was selected to be a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow, where he was loaned a Grancino violin for his remarkable talent. He completed his musical studies at Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied violin and viola with Marilyn Macdonald and Isaac Malkin. Since then he has been dazzling audiences in many concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and has worked with conductors Kurt Masur, Yuri Temirkanov, Zdenek Macal, Joseph Silverstein, Marco Armiliato, among others.

Mr. Vallandinghamís unusual versatility as a violist as well as a violinist has led to invitations to many chamber music festivals including the Kennedy Center Summer String Institute, Meadowmount Music Festival, Naples Chamber Music Festival, and Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Vallandingham has been a member of well-established orchestras such as the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Manhattan Virtuosi, with whom Mr. Vallandingham performed as a concertmaster, and the Philadelphia Virtuosi, with whom he toured the east coast of United States in 2000.

One of Mr. Vallandinghamís upcoming engagements includes a trip to China in 2014, where he will join a select group of American and Chinese musicians to perform concerts in Chinaís capital city of Beijing as well as six other major cities.


Michael K. SantanaMICHAEL K. SANTANA, baritone

May 4  |  3 p.m.

Michael K. Santana is a gifted and highly versatile teacher and performer of vocal music with more than 20 years of experience as a music educator. Mr. Santana received his bachelorís degree in music education and vocal/piano performance from Longwood University. He is an active teacher of voice and piano in Southern Maryland with a studio in his home in Waldorf. His specialty is helping high school students prepare for college auditions in the performing arts. His voice and piano students have gone on to prestigious schools such as the Juilliard School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and New England Conservatory.

Mr. Santana was formerly the director of Vocal and Keyboard Activities at the Suitland Performing Arts Center and has served as organist and choir director with several churches in Southern Maryland and Virginia. He is currently the choir director for Pilgrim Church United Church of Christ in Wheaton, Maryland.

Mr. Santana is an adjunct instructor in music at the College of Southern Maryland where he teaches music appreciation and is a vocal coach, accompanist, and music director for CSM Theatre productions. He is the music director of the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, a community chorus with activities throughout the year at venues in Charles County and the surrounding areas. He is an active free-lance bass/baritone and accompanist.