On Monday, November 10, the internationally acclaimed Hamann Sisters will perform on the Daniel Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Their performance is part of the 26th season of the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series. The concert is for subscribers to the series. For membership information into the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series, contact Sarah Spigner in Converse’s Petrie School of Music at (864) 596-9193.
In just a few years, the Hamann Sisters have won international recognition, captivating audiences and critics alike wherever they appear. Amy and Sara Hamann are the first American Piano Duo to win the Absolute First Prize in the Fryderyk Chopin Concorso Pianistico Internazionale, held in Rome, Italy and the First Prize winners of the International Grieg Competition, held in Oslo, Norway. In 1999, they became the youngest First Prize winners in the history of the National Federation of Music Clubs Ellis Competition for Duo-Pianists, held at Converse. In addition to winning the First Prize that year, the Hamanns received the Lucile Parrish Ward Award for the best performance of American music. The sisters are also past winners of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians administered by the MacPhail Center for Music, in Minneapolis. Along with works by W. F. Bach, Franz Liszt and others, they will perform Darius Milhaud’s dazzling Scaramouche Suite.
The 26th season of the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series features an extraordinary roster of internationally renowned musicians. The American Chamber Players kicked off the season September 22nd; the Guarneri String Quartet will perform March 2nd; and a bonus concert by violist Miles Hoffman and Reiko Uchida (piano) is scheduled for April 13.
For decades the name Carlos Moseley has been synonymous with musical excellence. A Spartanburg native and former executive of the New York Philharmonic, Carlos Dupre Moseley has served on the boards of Converse College and Brevard Music Center, and has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School, Duke University, Wofford College and Converse College. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor available to a citizen of South Carolina, and has been named an Honorary Member of The Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, Inc.
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.