CSM Closes the Ward Virts 2012-13 Season With Pianist, Brian Ganz, May 5

Classic Pianist Brian Ganz will present the final concert of the 2012-13 Ward Virts Concert Series season beginning at 3 p.m.

The College of Southern Maryland will close out the Ward Virts Concert Series with classical pianist, Brian Ganz at 3 p.m., May 5 at the Prince Frederick Campus, Room 119. Ganz’s performance is the final of six in the concert series, which is held at CSM’s Prince Frederick Campus, 115 Williams Road, Prince Frederick.

Ganz is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and has appeared as a soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, The St. Petersburg Philharmonic (of Russia), the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the City of London Sinfonia, among others.

Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Washington Post critic Joan Reinthaler has written: “One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth.”

For many years Ganz has made it his mission to join vivid music making with warmth and intimacy onstage to produce a new kind of listening experience, in which the classics of composers from Chopin to Shostakovich come to life with authentic emotional power. As one of Belgium’s leading newspapers, La Libre Belgique, wrote, “We don’t have words to speak of this fabulous musician who lives music with a generous urgency and brings his public into a state of intense joy.”

Ganz says that he is “an active explorer of the many ways in which the study and performance of great music can remind us of the Spirit that unites all living things.”  He has donated numerous performances in benefit concerts and was a founding member of the Washington Chapter of Artists to End Hunger. He resides in Annapolis.

The Ward Virts Concert Series is sponsored by Edward and Patricia Mehosky, St. Clair and Mary Tweedie, Gerry Van De Velde and Rene Cunningham, and CSM. The centerpiece of the concert series is a world-class Boesendorfer Grand Piano, which was gifted to CSM by the Ward Virts Piano Project (WVPP) for the enjoyment by the Southern Maryland community.

 Admission is free and seating is open but limited.  Contact 443-550-6011, rfleming@csmd.edu or www.csmd.edu/Arts.