News Release, College of Southern Maryland
The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) hosts the last of six free concerts in its 2018-2019 Ward Virts Concert Series at its Prince Frederick Campus May 12. This season’s final concert will feature Jazz One’s “Happening Now.”
“This season has had a central theme of new angles to classic music,” said CSM Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Chair Dr. Stephen Johnson. Jazz One is led by CSM faculty member Phil Ravita and the group will present a unique approach to jazz and jazz originals, Johnson said.
The Ward Virts Concert Series celebrates the life and talent of Ward Virts, a talented Southern Maryland pianist who died suddenly in 1993. A group of Ward’s friends and classmates conceived the Ward Virts Piano Project to bring the love of life, beauty and music that Ward embodied to a new generation of Southern Maryland students, performers and appreciative audiences. The concerts are performed on a world-class handcrafted Bosendorfer Grand Piano, a gift to CSM’s Prince Frederick Campus from the Ward Virts Piano Project.
Sponsors of the 2018-2019 series include the CSM Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Henry Virts, Eric and Rané Franklin, Mary Anna Phillips and Stovy and Anne Brown. Additional funding is provided by Arts Council of Calvert County and Maryland State Arts Council grants.
CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: Jazz One, “Happening Now.” May 12, 3 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Jazz One will perform. Free. www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/ward-virts-series/index.