The CSM offers a trio of virtual concerts this fall


A contemporary-classical violinist, jazz quartet and clarinetist known to perform ‘with flair’ will all offer virtual performances this fall as the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) continues to provide secure access to classy music. world through the Benny Morgan Recital Series. and the Ward Virts Concert Series.

“We continue to provide our students and the community with high quality musical performances,” said Stephen Johnson, CSM Associate Dean for the Liberal Arts and President of Visual and Performing Arts. While the performing arts are best experienced in a live environment, the CSM has produced several professional and student virtual performances over the past year during the COVID pandemic. “

Clockwise from top left are musicians Ledah Finck, Julie Detweiler, David Detweiler, Bill Peterson, Rodney Jordan and Leon Anderson ~ who are all performing virtual concerts this fall for CSM .

First of all, onOctober 16 at 3 p.m.. the Benny Morgan Recital Series will present a virtual recital with Ledah Finck on violin.

According to her biography, she is a passionate performer, creator and curator of contemporary classical music, Finck is co-founder of the Bergamot String Quartet and the experimental duo The Witches, in addition to being a member of Atlantic Extraction andatrial space. Her music embodies the desire to create and share a world of sound in which classical tradition, the folk music she grew up with in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a great improvisational sensitivity can be in productive dialogue.

Finck holds an undergraduate and master’s degree in violin performance and composition from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Herbert Greenberg, Oscar Bettison, and Judah Adashi. She studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Kenan Scholarship, a full scholarship for musical and academic merit. She divides her time between Baltimore and New York when not traveling.

The David Detweiler Quartet to perform as part of the Ward Virts concert seriesNovember 14 at 3 p.m.The quartet includes David Detweiler, Leon Anderson, Jr., Rodney Jordan and Bill Peterson.

Their biographies explain that tenor saxophonist, composer, educator, and Vandoren artist Detweiler was born in Houston, Texas. He got his bbachelor’s degree inMusic from William Paterson University, a Masters of Music from Florida State University (FSU), and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music. In 2016, Detweiler joined the FSU faculty as an Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone after serving as Director of Jazz Studies at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Detweiler has released three albums as a frontman, and his album Celebrating Bird, co-directed with bassist Fumi Tomita, was recently released on the Outside in Music label.

The other members of the quartet are also faculty members of the FSU. Anderson currently teaches drums, jazz ensembles, jazz combos, and jazz history at FSU College of Music, and his musical background includes that of a classical and jazz percussionist, educator, clinician. and a composer. Jordan is a professor of jazz studies and was assistant principal bassist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and principal double bassist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, GA). Peterson is a music professor in jazz studies and music theory / composition, and teaches jazz piano, jazz arrangement and jazz combo. He has released his own recording of a jazz trio on Summit Records and has also recorded on the Unity label, as well as performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Jazz Club NYC, the Paraguay International Jazz Festival and the Savannah Music Festival.

“One advantage of having virtual events is the ability to host performers outside of southern Maryland’s normal commuting distance,” Johnson said.

The final performance takes placeNovember 20 at 3 p.m.. when clarinetist Julie Detweiler takes the virtual stage as part of the Benny Morgan Recital Series.

Detweiler is an assistant instructor at FSU and performs regularly with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. She holds a doctorate in music from FSU as well as degrees from Northwestern University and the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Detweiler previously taught in the pre-college programs at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music and continues to maintain a private teaching studio. Her media reported that she was also heavily involved in chamber music and was a founding member of the Apricity Ensemble, a Tallahassee-based oboe-clarinet duo. Detweiler is a Vandoren artist-clinician.

All CSM events will take place on Zoom with a question and answer period afterwards. The recital will be available on CSMYouTube for 24 hours after the performances for those who cannot attend the event live.

Benny C. Morgan has been a beloved music teacher in St. Mary’s County schools for 30 years and has served as organist and choir director in several churches in the area. In January 2016, Morgan donated his precious Steinway grand piano to the Leonardtown campus of the CSM. Sadly, Morgan passed away a few weeks later, knowing that his generosity will add to the musical culture of students at CSM as well as the Southern Maryland community for years to come. The Benny C. Morgan Recital Series was established in 2016 in his memory.

The Benny C. Morgan series is presented by sponsors Johnny Alvey and the CSM Foundation. The series is also supported by the St. Mary’s County Board of the Arts and the Maryland State Board of the Arts.

The Ward Virts Concert Series celebrates the life and talent of Ward Virts, a talented pianist from Southern Maryland who died suddenly in 1993. A group of Ward friends and classmates designed the Ward Virts Piano Project to bring love of life, beauty and music that Ward embodied in a new generation of Southern Maryland students, artists and admiring audiences. Over the years, many musicians from the guest concert series have performed on the world-class Bosendorfer grand piano, a gift to the Prince Frederick campus of the MSC of the Ward Virts Piano Project.

The CSM Ward Virts Concert Series is presented by CSM Foundation sponsors, Dr and Mrs Henry Virts, and Stovy and Anne Brown. The series is also supported by the Arts Council of Calvert County and the Maryland State Arts Council.

To register for the free Ledah Finck concert and receive Zoom login information, visit https://www.csmd.edu/calendar/2021/10/benny-morgan-finck.html

To register for the free David Detweiler Quartet concert and receive Zoom login information, visit https://www.csmd.edu/calendar/2021/11/ward-virts-david-detweiler.html

To register for Julie Detweiler’s free concert and receive Zoom connection information, visit https://www.csmd.edu/calendar/2021/11/benny-morgan-julie-detweiler.html



Corina C. Butler

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