Chestertown, MD, August 12, 2004 — The Washington College Concert Series—now in its 53rd season—will host an exciting season of music for 2004-2005. All concerts are held at the Tawes Theatre, Daniel Z. Gibson Performing Arts Center, on the campus of the College. Single tickets can be purchased at the door, $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth and students. Season tickets are available for $50.00 per person in advance or at the box office on performance nights.
The 2004-2005 season will feature performances by the following musicians:
J. Y. Song, pianist, Saturday, October 23, 2004, 8 p.m.
Since her nomination as 1994 Pro Piano Artist of the Year and her Alice Tully Hall recital debut in 1996, J.Y. Song has established herself as a musician with broad and idiosyncratic musical tastes, probing interpretations of traditional repertoire and critically acclaimed performances of twentieth-century music. In Tune wrote “besides sheer technique, Song displays magnificent intellect in all her mood painting.”
The Baltimore Consort, Saturday, November 20, 2004, 8 p.m.
With their variety of instruments and the unique singing of Custer La Rue, the Baltimore Consort has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and earned their CDs a place on the Billboard Top 10 list. The Consort's arrangements of early music from England, Scotland and France speak to the heart as well as to the mind, and their love for the early music of English and Scottish heritage has led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional balladry and dance tunes preserved in Appalachia and Nova Scotia.
The Chiara String Quartet with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, Friday, February 4, 2005, 8 p.m.
First welcomed to Washington College's stage last season, the Chiara String Quartet is one of the nation's most sought-after young ensembles. These Julliard-trained musicians bring commitment, ardor and passion to traditional quartet repertoire, and, with an eye toward the next generation of music, perform commissioned pieces from today's talented, working composers. The Quartet is joined by American pianist Simone Dinnerstein, a charismatic and commanding performer of both the solo and chamber music, noted for her warm and varied tone and for her unusual and compelling interpretations. The Philadelphia Inquirer called her “remarkable,” noting her “gorgeous blend of power and finesse.”
Sparx, flute and harp duo, Sunday, March 20, 2005, 4 p.m.
This Delaware duo of Joan Sparks, flutist, and Anne Sullivan, harpist—Artists in Residence at the Tatnall School in Wilmington—brings radiance to a repertoire that includes composers of the 20th Century such as Rodrigo, Saint-Saens and Faure, and works from time-honored masters such as Mozart, C. P. E. Bach and Vivaldi. Composer Lowell Liebermann choseSparx to perform the World Premier of his Sonata for Flute and Harp, Op. 56, in 1996.
The Frances Poulenc Trio, piano, oboe and bassoon, Friday, April 29, 8 p.m.
Comprising three uniquely gifted virtuosos—American bassoonist Bryan Young, Russian pianist Irina Lande and Russian oboist Vladimir Lande—the Francis Poulenc Trio combines 21st-century vibrancy with the best of European instrumental tradition. The Trio's performances leap beyond the ordinary concert experience, transporting audiences into a world of beautiful sonorities, playful rhythms and dramatic excitement.
For ticket information and a 2004-2005 season brochure, call 410-778-7839 or 800-422-1782, ext. 7839. Individual tax-deductible patron memberships begin at $75.00. Contributing patron memberships begin at $150.00, supporting at $250.00 and sustaining at $500.00. All membership packages include two tickets, and all donations over the price of the tickets are tax-deductible.
Season tickets and memberships can be purchased by check or money order through the mail from the Washington College Concert Series, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620-1197.