The Friends of the Petrie School of Music at Converse College announce the 27th season of the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series, featuring four concerts by world-renowned musicians followed by champagne and hors d’oeuvre receptions that provide a rare opportunity to meet the performers. Season subscriptions are open to the public for $125 per person. For information and to subscribe, contact Sarah Spigner at (864) 596-9193 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2011-2012 Moseley Series
All concerts are at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall at Converse College.
The incomparable TEMPEST TRIO, a tremendous success with the Friends audience last season, will open the series on September 19. “I couldn’t be more delighted that they’ve invited me to join them on the program for a performance of the Piano Quartet in G Minor by Johannes Brahms,” said Miles Hoffman, director of the Moseley Series and National Public Radio music commentator. “Fasten your seatbelts for the thrilling final movement of the Brahms, the famous Rondo alla Zingarese.”
“the magnificent acoustics of Daniel Recital Hall enable our patrons to experience every nuance of the performances by these wonderful artists”
On November 28, ENSEMBLE CAPRICE, winner of numerous international prizes and accolades since its formation in Germany in 1989, will fill Daniel Recital Hall with innovative interpretations of baroque music played on flutes and recorders, violins, cello, and drums. Caprice made its acclaimed U.S. debut at the 2005 Boston Early Music Festival, and has since appeared in cities throughout the United States.
Thanks to the generosity of Spartanburg community member Roger Habisreutinger, the STRADIVARI QUARTET of Zurich will make their Moseley Series debut on February 6, playing classic works of the quartet repertoire on four classic Stradivarius instruments. The musicians explore the inexhaustible range of human emotion, breathing life into the work of great artists: the work of Antonio Stradivari and of composers such as Schubert, Bartók and Brahms, whose music the quartet will perform in Spartanburg.
The series closes on April 9 with a duo recital by clarinetist JON MANASSE and pianist (and Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist) JON NAKAMATSU. Manasse has been a soloist with orchestras throughout this country and abroad, in addition to his work as guest artist with some of America’s most distinguished chamber ensembles and as Principal Clarinet with the orchestras of the Metropolitan Opera, the Mostly Mozart Festival and American Ballet Theater. After winning the Tenth Annual Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Nakamatsu has played recitals and concertos on all the world’s major stages. Together they form the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo, recording extensively and presenting programs of duos and solo works. In the summers, the two serve as co-directors of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival.
According to Hoffman, “The Moseley series fills a distinctive niche in the Upstate arts scene by providing a rare opportunity to enjoy musicians of the highest caliber in an intimate setting. And the magnificent acoustics of Daniel Recital Hall enable our patrons to experience every nuance of the performances by these wonderful artists.”
He adds, “Subscriptions to the Moseley series and additional donations made by the Friends of the Petrie School of Music are also crucial sources of support for Converse music students. We’re particularly pleased that all of this season’s artists will be offering master classes for Converse students.”
About the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series
In 1983, a group of devoted faculty, administrators and community supporters formed the Friends of the School of Music. Among them was Carlos Moseley, whose world-wide musical connections helped establish Converse College as a venue for such eminent performers as Charles Wadsworth and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Yo-Yo Ma, Chanticleer, the Tokyo String Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio and many others. In 2004, the Friends of the Petrie School of Music renamed our concert series the Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series.
For decades the name Carlos Moseley has been synonymous with musical excellence. This great musician is revered for his contributions to music not only in his hometown of Spartanburg, but also around the world. Carlos has enjoyed a distinguished career as a concert pianist, professor, and as president of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Chairman of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York. He 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. He is also a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor available to a citizen of South Carolina.