The Ward Virts Concert Series celebrates the life and talent 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 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.
The Ward Virts Concert Series is presented by the 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.
Photo Credit: Kari Watts
November 1, 2015 | Unified Jazz Ensemble
The Unified Jazz Ensemble, based in Annapolis, is dedicated to bringing the best of jazz to audiences of all ages. Founded in 1992 as the first jazz group in the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency Arts Initiative, the UJE has performed across the U.S. and internationally, engaging listeners in innovative performances of jazz standards and original compositions.
December 13, 2015 | Brian Ganz
Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Mr. Gans 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).
Photo Credit: Yvonda Waltrip
February 14, 2016 | Barry Gurley
Washingtonian Magazine named Barry Gurley “Best Pianist-Vocalist” in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gurley’s career has taken him to countless venues including Washington, D.C.’s Blues Alley, New York City’s The Blue Note, The Monterey Jazz Festival and Le Bilboquet in Paris, France. Mr. Gurley’s eclectic style and repertoire transitions from American standards to songs that have withstood the test of time.
March 6, 2016 | The Merling Trio
The Merling Trio is one of today’s premier ensembles. A truly international trio, it brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese, and Dutch backgrounds. The Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision, and an impeccable blend of sound.
April 3, 2016 | David Kane
Born in 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland, David Kane has been a fixture on the U.S. music scene since 1975 both as a pianist and composer. He is an active composer of both Classical Music and Film Music with hundreds of film and T.V. scores to his name.
May 1, 2016 | Octtava Duo
Pianists Wei-Der Huang and Hsien-Ann Meng, now in their fifth year of collaboration, have been friends since they pursued their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Maryland at College Park. Both pianists now serve on the piano faculty at Howard Community College.