The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble will open the 2005-2006 Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series at Converse College on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall.
The 22nd season of the chamber music series, which is made possible by the Friends of the Petrie School of Music organization, will feature a tour of global chamber music with other performances by Joseph Kalichstein and the International Sejong Soloists, and Charles Wadsworth. Membership in the Friends program is required to attend each performance. For membership information, call (864) 596-9193.
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the large chamber works-from quintets to octets-with players who customarily work together, instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. The ensemble tours as a string octet, string sextet and in other configurations including winds. In addition to the Spartanburg performance, the ensemble has touring commitments in 2005 in France, Germany, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. During their performance at Converse, the ensemble will perform works by Borodin, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.
Joseph Kalichstein and the International Sejong Soloists; Feb. 27
Pianist Joseph Kalichstein regularly enthralls audiences throughout the US and Europe, winning equal praise as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. In the fall of 1997 he was appointed artistic advisor for chamber music to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. During his performance at Converse, Kalichstein will join with the International Sejong Soloists in performing works by Mozart and Dvorak. International Sejong Soloists are a New York-based conductor-less string ensemble comprised of today’s leading young soloists. The ensemble, which has been acclaimed for its gorgeous sound, fresh interpretations, and broad range of orchestral and chamber repertoire for strings, performs internationally under the artistic direction of Hyo Kang, a renowned violin professor at The Juilliard School.
Charles Wadsworth and Friends; April 24
Renowned for presenting superlative programming, dazzling artists and witty commentary, Charles Wadsworth will be making his 13th appearance at Converse. 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., which he continues to direct, perform, as pianist and introduce as its acclaimed host.
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.