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Benny C. Morgan Series

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Benny Carroll Morgan was a beloved music educator in the St. Mary’s County Schools for 30 years and served as organist and choir director in several area churches. In January of 2016, Mr. Morgan generously donated his prized Steinway grand piano to the College of Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown campus. Sadly, Mr. Morgan passed away several weeks later, however, with the knowledge that his generosity will add to the musical culture of CSM’s students as well as the Southern Maryland community for years to come.  The Benny C. Morgan Recital Series was instituted in his memory. Admission to the recitals in the series is free due to the generosity of community sponsors. All performances take place in the Auditorium of Building A on CSM’s Leonardtown Campus.

 

Performances

October 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. | Bruce Swaim Jazz Quartet

Bruce Swaim QuartetThe Bruce Swaim Quartet, which consists of Bruce Swaim on saxophone, Paul Langosch on bass, Jay Cooley on piano, and Dominic Smith on drums, is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s premier jazz quartets.

Swaim attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a performance major in saxophone. Since moving to Washington, D.C. he has had the opportunity to work professionally with many notable musicians, including the Four Tops and the Temptations. Langosch began his college studies at Montgomery College’s School of Music in Rockville and then attended American University. He resides in the Washington, D.C. area and has worked with many leaders in the jazz world including Herb Ellis, Al Cohn and Bud Shank.

Cooley studied music at Montgomery College’s School of Music as well as Catholic University’s School of Theory and Composition. Cooley has appeared with Charlie Byrd, Chuck Redd and Ethel Ennis and has been the musical director and guest accompanist for many musicians. Smith attended Towson University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. He has studied in New York City with musicians such as Kenny Washington, Ralph Peterson and Kim Plainfield and has played with jazz musicians Buster Williams, Mark Elf and Dennis Erwin.

In 2010, the quartet received Washington Area Music Association awards for Jazz Group of the Year as well as the Jazz Recording of the Year for “Winter’s Waltz,” repeating the honor the following year with their CD, My Heart Stood Still.


November 18, 2017 at 3 p.m. | Michael Langlois

Mike Langlois is a versatile pianist and collaborative artist active throughout the DMV region: he is Director of Music at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church (Leesburg, VA) and keyboard artist at Adas Israel Congregation and Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation. Among the artists with whom he has appeared in concert are mezzo-soprano Tanya Ruth Langlois, soprano Carmen Balthrop, violinist James Stern, and cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski. He has previously been a collaborative piano fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, apprentice coach for the Maryland Opera Studio, and a staff accompanist at the Indiana University School of Theatre and Drama. His formal training took place at Indiana University in Bloomington with Émile Naoumoff (B.M.) and at the University of Maryland (M.M.), where he is completing his D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano with Rita Sloan.


February 17, 2018 at 3 p.m. | Antony Zwerdling

Antony ZwerdlingAntony Zwerdling is an active performer in the DC area. He performs over twenty‒five operatic roles, including Papageno in The Magic Flute, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Eisenstein and Falke in Die Fledermaus, Sid in Albert Herring, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Mama Agata in Le Convenienze teatrali, and Pooh Bah in The Mikado. He appears with numerous opera companies, including Washington National Opera, Opera Lafayette, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lake George Opera, and Washington Concert Opera.

As an Oratorio soloist, his repertoire includes Händel’s Messiah, the Requiems of Brahms, Mozart and Fauré, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. He performs with Handel & Haydn Society, Washington Bach Consort, Washington Master Chorale, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and Philharmonia Baroque. Zwerdling has also presented solo recitals for Music at Penn Alps, Church of the Epiphany, and Ward Virts.

He received his Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and Masters from Boston University. In 2007, he earned his Doctorate from Shenandoah Conservatory, writing about songs of Samuel Barber. Dr. Zwerdling is an active voice teacher, maintaining a studio at Hood College and College of Southern Maryland.


March 17, 2018 at 3 p.m. | Calvert Chamber Players

Calvert Chamber PlayersIn 1989, the Calvert Chamber Players (CCP) began as a group of musicians getting together to enjoy their love of performing classical music. In the 1990s, the Calvert Chamber Players were well established and the members included Benny C. Morgan, keyboard; Barbara Lorton, cello; Marlene Browne, violin; Beth Wagner, flute; and Janet Gross, oboe. Marci Fleck is the current keyboard player for CCP. All members of CCP are current or retired educators.

The Calvert Chamber Players specializes in Baroque and Classical period chamber music, but also plays some Celtic, waltz, ragtime, and various other types of music. CCP has performed in the Southern Maryland area providing music for weddings, receptions, recognitions, arts festivals, school events, vocal groups, and churches. It is an honor to perform in the memory of our dear friend and mentor Benny C. Morgan.