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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 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 CSM Foundation and by our generous sponsors Dr. and Mrs. Henry Virts; Edward and Patricia Mehosky; Exelon Corporation; Stovy and Anne Brown; and The Southern Maryland Chain Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Ward Virts Concert Series Performances 2014-2015

Brian GanzBRIAN GANZ, Piano

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.

As a group, The Bruce Swaim Quartet is one of Washington, DC's premier jazz quartets. Individually, each musician is well respected and admired by their peers. Their talent in performing jazz standards as well as original compositions, written by Jay Cooley and Bruce Swaim, has become a gauge for excellence with live performances as well as recordings. The Quartet had been the recipient of several WAMA awards for jazz quartet and jazz recordings and has had reviews featured in Jazz Times Magazine, Cadence, The Washington Post, and as well as radio play.

"The foursome display a chemistry that comes out naturally. Each musician connects with the others on a plane that is intangible to the audience..." (Reviewed by Susan Frances, Jazz Times Magazine.)

The Quartet's individual performance credits include legends Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Danny Gatton, Keter Betts, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha Reeves, Phil Woods, Michael Feinstein, and Mel Torme.

From The White House to The Kennedy Center's Millenniium Stage, including world stages and festivals, concert series, recordings, session artists, television and radio, this group represents what jazz and musicianship is all about.

Please visit the Quartet's website at


February 8  |  3 p.m.

Pianist Eliza Garth has achieved international distinction through her recordings and through her concert appearances in major cities in the US, Europe, and Asia. An artist with a passionate voice and an adventurous spirit, she has championed some of the most demanding works in the repertoire. Writing for the New York Times, music critic Bernard Holland has stated, "Ms. Garth ... has an exquisite ear for piano sound. One can think of no one better qualified to play this intricate, shining music."

Since graduating from The Juilliard School, Ms. Garth has performed nearly 200 new works, including many written for her. Recent among these is Gradualia, a piano concerto b the American composer Scott Wheeler. Ms. Garth and conductor Jeffrey Silberschlag performed the world premiere of Gradualia at the 2006 Alba Music Festival, and the American premiere at the 2006 River Concert Series in Maryland.

Ms. Garth's recordings are available on the Centaur, CRI, Opus One and Arabesque labels. Her performances have been heard on the BBC Radio 3, WQXR and WNYC in New York, Radio de la Suisse Romande in Geneva, and WGUC in Cincinnati. She is a member of the faculty of St. Mary's College of Maryland, and has been recognized twice by the Maryland State Arts Council with the Individual Artist Award.

JEREMY KOCH, saxophone and

April 12  |  3 p.m.

Jeremy P. Koch is an active saxophonist, chamber musician and teacher based in the Washington, DC area. He has been a member of the United States Air Force Band since 1998 where he has been a featured concert soloist on national tours and has performed with diverse artists such as Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd, and Kool & the Gang. As a freelance saxophonist, Mr. Koch performs with Atlantic Reed Consort, Fairfaz Symphony Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Ensemble, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Serapis Ensemble, DC Syndicate, and Great Noise Ensemble.

Committed to teaching, he regularly presents clinics and recitals throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. He maintains a private studio in Northern Virginia and is adjunct professor of saxophone at Shepherd University and Northern Virginia Community College. A proponent of new music, Mr. Koch consistently commissions and works with composers to expand the saxophone repertoire. He has premiered solo, chamber and saxophone quartet works at numerous conferences internationally.

Mr. Koch holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and received a Master of Music Performance degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His teachers include Debra Richtmeyer, Jonathan Helton, Michael Chesher, and Jean-Marie Londeix at Le Domaine Forget.

A native of Taipei, Taiwan, Yu-Hsuan Liao received her Master's and Doctoral Degrees of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin under Danielle Martin, Dariusz Pawlas, and Gregory Allen. She began her musical studies in Tung-Hai University under Thomas Linde, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is a piano soloist, collaborative artist, and music educator. Ms. Liao has worked with the American Repertory Ensemble and performed piano solo, chamber and accompanying vocal music in the company's performance series. Her solo performance with A.R.E.-"Valses Poéticos", Passion at Play- was nominated for best instrumental in the Austin Critics Table Award for season of 2008-2009.

Ms. Liao gave a piano lecture-recital based on her book Manuel de Falla's Cuatro Piezas Españoles: Combinations and Transformations of the Spanish Folk Modes (2009) and a solo piano performance in composers' new composition concert at the College Music Society conferences. Ms. Liao joined the faculty at Shepherd University in the fall of 2011. She is an active member of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association, and has been granted the National Certification for Teacher of Music (NCTM) by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). She is the district chair of Eastern Panhandle Music Teachers Association. She regularly gives master classes and is in high demand for adjudication at festivals and competitions around the West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and DC region.



May 3  |  3 p.m.

Blue Mountain performs music from diverse style periods written for flute, bassoon, and piano, and also adapts repertoire for this colorful combination. The group actively explores and develops new works that include other instruments or voices, particularly percussion. The name is taken from exceptionally beautiful and diverse natural areas worldwide carrying the name Blue Mountain. The group's engaging and varied programming mirrors the contrasting environments of these places: serene, young, old, laid-back, joyful, and rugged. Members have performed as artist-teachers throughout the United States and Europe, and in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and China.

Michael Burns is a Yamaha Artist and Professor of Bassoon at UNC-Greensboro. He is an active performer nationally and internationally in orchestral, chamber, and contemporary ensembles as well as a published composer. His students hold teaching and orchestral positions throughout the US. Please visit Mr. Burns's website:

Carla Copeland-Burns is Instructor of Flute at UNC-Greensboro and performs with the Greensboro, Salisbury, and NC Symphonies as well as the NC Opera, Carolina Ballet, Blue Mountain, and the performer/composer collective Forecast Music. Please visit Ms. Copeland-Burns's website:



May 31  |  3 p.m.
This is rescheduled from the event that was cancelled on March 1 due to weather.

Holly Roadfeldt holds degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. As a soloist, she made her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13 and continues to be an active solo pianist and chamber musician performing standard and eclectic recital programs in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Additional performance honors include participation in the World International Competition held in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the fall of 2007 as one of the twelve selected pianists. For the 2013-2014 season, Ms. Roadfeldt gave solo recitals at Kent State University, Lafayette College, Westminster College, Youngstown State University, and the University of Albany.

Ms. Roadfeldt's live recordings can be heard on the Kosei Publishing (Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue") and the Composers Union of Armenia (music by Gor Hovhannisyan) labels. Additionally, Holly recorded the music (solo and chamber) for Kirk O'Riordan's Strange Flowers CD, which was released on November 19, 2013 by Parma Records. She is currently teaching at Lafayette College, has a private studio in New York City, and serves as master piano faculty with distinction at The Music School of Delaware. Previously, she taught at the University of Delaware, Susquehanna University, Gettysburg College, University of Colorado-Boulder, Indiana University, Glendale Community College (AZ), Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ), and Paradise Valley Community College (AZ). Ms. Roadfeldt is also delighted to be the Northeast Chapter president of the College Music Society.