Internationally acclaimed pianist Charles Wadsworth, the Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer, and the Juilliard-trained Ahn Trio will headline the Friends of the Petrie School of Music 2003-04 Chamber Music Season. This represents the 21st season for the world-class chamber music series. Membership in the Friends program is required to attend each performance. For membership information, call (864) 596-9193.
The Friends of the Petrie School of Music was formed in 1983 by a group of devoted Converse faculty, administrators, and community supporters. Their mission was to entice future generations to the Converse campus through new avenues in musical programming, audience development, and support projects for the Petrie School. Spearheading the effort were Carlos Moseley, the first president and later chairman of the board of the New York Philharmonic; Henry Janiec, then Dean of the School of Music; Dicksie Cribb, Converse alumna and respected arts leader; and the late John McCrae, professor emeritus of voice and opera.
Charles Wadsworth; Nov. 17, 2003; 8 p.m.; Daniel Recital Hall
Friends of the Petrie School know Charles Wadsworth as a champion of chamber music from his many appearances in the series and his Dock Street Theatre programs at Spoleto USA. He first drew international attention in 1960 at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, where he originated the Festival’s famed Midday Concerts (Concerti di Mezzogiorno). In 1977, he started the chamber concert series of the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, S.C.
As founding artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (New York), Mr. Wadsworth led 20 seasons of concerts; commissioned 65 new chamber works from celebrated composers such as Boulez, Barber, and Bernstein; and presented in his concerts such artists as Beverly Sills, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Richard Goode, and Yo-Yo Ma. He plays regularly from coast to coast with his “Spoleto USA Chamber Music” group and “Charles Wadsworth and Friends” programs. Mr. Wadsworth has been honored by the city of New York with the Handel Medallion (the city’s highest cultural award), and honorary doctorates from Converse College, the University of South Carolina, and Connecticut College. He has also performed for Presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan at The White House.
Chanticleer; Jan. 19, 2004; 8 p.m.; Daniel Recital Hall
Three-time Grammy award-winning ensemble Chanticleer have developed a remarkable reputation for vivid interpretations of vocal literature-from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.
The San Francisco-based ensemble performs more than 100 concerts a year throughout the world, appearing regularly in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Toronto, Tokyo, and Paris. Chanticleer is the recipient of major grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, The James Irvine Foundation, and the City of San Francisco.