CSM Ward Virts Series Presents Pianist Eliza Garth, Feb. 8

Pianist Eliza Garth will perform on Feb. 8 as part of the College of Southern Maryland’s Ward Virts Concert Series.

The College of Southern Maryland will showcase pianist Eliza Garth as part of the Ward Virts Concert Series beginning at 3 p.m., Feb. 8. Garth’s performance is the third of six in the series, all which are held at the Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick in the Multipurpose Room of Building B.

Garth has achieved international distinction as a performer of the music of our time as well as the standard repertoire, through her recordings and her appearances in major cities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Widely regarded as an artist with a passionate voice and an adventurous spirit, she has championed some of the most demanding works.

In 2012-13, Garth joined the worldwide celebration of the centennial of John Cage, performing his music in major cities, venues and festivals. These included appearances in Manhattan under the auspices of the League of Composers/ISCM; at the Alba (Italy) Music Festival; at the University of Maryland at College Park (Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts); and in Chicago, as part of “a.pe.ri.od.ic presents A John Cage Festival” in collaboration with the renowned Floating World Gallery, one of the world’s foremost dealers in Japanese art.

Garth is a faculty member at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she directs “Piano Festival by the River,” a summer retreat for pianists. She has traveled to China with faculty colleagues to appear in the centennial celebration at Fudan University in Shanghai and also gave performances in Beijing and Dalian.

Garth has been recognized by the Maryland State Arts Council with two Individual Artist Awards, most recently for her performance of Cage’s “Sonatas and Interludes.”

Her Ward Virts performance, entitled “Sound and Color” will include pieces by Cage, Henry Cowell, Claude Debussy and Sheree Clement.

The Ward Virts Concert Series is presented by sponsors Dr. and Mrs. Henry Virts, Edward and Patricia Mehosky, The Southern Maryland Chain Chapter of The Links, Inc., Stovy and Anne Brown, Exelon Generation-Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and the CSM Foundation.

Admission is free and seating is open but limited. For information, contact 443-550-6011, rfleming@csmd.edu or www.csmd.edu/Arts.The remaining schedule for the 2014-15 Ward Virts series is Holly Roadfeldt (piano), March 1; Jeremy Koch (saxophone) and Yu-Husuan Liao (piano), April 12; and Blue Mountain Ensemble, May 3.

CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: Eliza Garth, Piano. 3 p.m., Feb. 8. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Pianist Eliza Garth has achieved international distinction through her recordings and concert appearances in major cities in the United States, Europe and Asia. An artist with a passionate voice and an adventurous spirit, she has championed some of the most demanding works in the repertoire. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. rfleming@csmd.edu, 443-550-6011, http://csmd.edu/Arts/WardVirts/index.html.