Chestertown, MD, September 24, 2002 — The 51st season of the Washington College Concert Series will open Wednesday, October 9, 2002, with a performance by pianist Scott Beard. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Tawes Theatre, Daniel Z. Gibson Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Washington College.
Scott Beard is coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Shepard College in Shepherdstown, WV, and holds a degree in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory and the University of Maryland. Beard has performed to critical acclaim as a recital and orchestral soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland and France. He specializes in the music of famed nineteenth-century pedagogue Theodor Leschetizky and has released a CD recording, Leschetizky: Piano Treasures. His second recording is an all-Chopin CD titled Chopin: Poet of the Piano.
A champion of French music, Beard has participated for many years in the France Piano Internationale Festival and Competition held at the Schola Cantorum. At the 1994 Festival he received the Rousell Foundation prize for the best performance of that composer's works. In July 1998 and in 2000 he was awarded the jury prize for the best performance of a work by a French composer as well as the jury prize for Baroque music.
For ticket information and a 2002-2003 Washington College Concert Series season brochure, call 410-778-7839 or 800-422-1782, ext. 7839. Season tickets are available for $50.00 per person, and individual tax-deductible patron sponsorships begin at $75.00. Single tickets at the door are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth and students. Season tickets can be purchased by check or money order through the mail from the Washington College Concert Series, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620-1197.