Egyptian phenomenon Wael Farouk, who earned not only a Master in Music but also a robust following during his time at Converse College, returns to Spartanburg on Monday, Sept. 22 to open the 2014-2015 season of The Carlos Moseley Chamber Music Series. He jumpstarts an exciting lineup that brings world-renowned musicians to the intimate venue of Daniel Recital Hall. Upstate native and countertenor David Daniels will also perform this season, as well as The Amernet String Quartet and The Dorian Wind Quintet.
Concerts are followed by champagne receptions that offer guests the opportunity to meet and talk with the performers. Season subscriptions are open to the public for $125 per person and may be purchsaed online or by contacting the Petrie School of Music at (864)596-9193.
2014-2015 Carlos Moseley Series
Wael Farouk, Piano
The Zimmerli Piano Concert
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
“A formidable and magnificent pianist.”
—The New York Concert Review
A Spartanburg favorite since his days as a graduate student at the Petrie School of Music, Egyptian virtuoso WAEL FAROUK has performed around the world—on five continents—as both concerto soloist and recitalist. He gave the Egyptian premieres of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, and Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2, and 3, and in 2013 he made his New York solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall. Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of the Performing Arts, where Mr. Farouk is a faculty member, was the setting last season for a remarkable five-recital series in which Mr. Farouk performed the complete solo piano works of Rachmaninoff. More info at www.waelfarouk.net
The Amernet String Quartet
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
—The New York Times
The AMERNET STRING QUARTET has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s premier string quartets. Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami since 2004, the group was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School. The Amernet quickly rose to international attention after their first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition, before being named first prizewinners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition. More info at www.amernetquartet.com
David Daniels, Countertenor
Monday, March 2, 2015
“To say that he is the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever, is to understate his achievement. He is simply a great singer.”
—The New York Times
International superstar DAVID DANIELS is known for his superlative artistry, magnetic stage presence and a voice of singular warmth and surpassing beauty. A Spartanburg native and son of beloved Converse voice professors Perry and Phyllis Daniels, he has appeared with all the major international opera companies and on the world’s greatest concert and recital stages, and he has helped to redefine his voice category for the modern public. In 2002 Mr. Daniels made history as the first countertenor to sing a recital in the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall. His accompanist for that recital, as for so many of his recitals, was the pianist the New York Times has called “the gold standard of accompanists,” Martin Katz. www.danielssings.com
The Dorian Wind Quintet
Monday, April 13, 2015
“One of chamber music’s most sparkling and eloquent ensembles…”
Since its formation at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1961, the Dorian Wind Quintet has appeared in the world’s most renowned concert halls, in brilliant performances of repertoire ranging from the Baroque to Pulitzer Prize-winning commissions. The Quintet has literally been around the world—concertizing in 49 of the 50 United States and Canada, touring Europe eighteen times, and playing throughout the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia. More info at www.dorianwindquintet.org
ABOUT THE MOSELEY 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 was revered for his contributions to music not only in his hometown of Spartanburg, but also around the world. Carlos 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 served on the boards of Converse College and Brevard Music Center, and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School, Duke University, Wofford College and Converse College. He was also a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor available to a citizen of South Carolina.
Subscriptions to the Moseley series and additional donations to the Friends of the Petrie School of Music provide support for Converse music students and make possible an array of education activities by Moseley Series artists. These activities include master classes and open rehearsals at Converse, as well as programs at local high schools.