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Hooray and hallelujah! USCB successfully completed its 41st Season, our only pandemic one, of brilliant performances…this time for live, live-streaming and on-demand audiences. Now we are looking with great anticipation to Season 42. While everyone is hoping that the worst of the virus is behind us, we will continue the live-stream and on-demand options through the upcoming season to ensure the artists will come and play no matter what the future holds.
In the grand tradition established by Professor Whisonant and the legendary pianist Charles Wadsworth and continued for fourteen years under cellist Edward Arron, pianist Andrew Armstrong is assembling a troupe of the world’s finest for his first full-season as Artistic Director.
For the Whisonant-Wadsworth-Arron eras, the brilliance of the music and the talents of the artists have surprised and delighted audiences, who had been drawn here by the beauty of the creeks and marshes, little expecting to discover Bach, Brahms, and Beethoven thriving gloriously in the bullrushes. Under the leadership of Mr. Armstrong-Artistic Director, host, and resident pianist-the delightful discoveries will most definitely continue.
The season opener will set a high standard for his debut season when the incomparable James Ehnes, considered by some to be the finest violinist playing in the world today, and his Stradivarius will join Mr. Armstrong for an evening of Brahms and Schumann. When these gentlemen leave Beaufort, they will be playing this program in Glasgow, London, and Geneva; you can hear it first right on Carteret Street in Beaufort’s historic district with convenient free parking and no airport security hassles and possible quarantines. So make this a Halloween to remember: attend live or by live-streaming.
Since we were unable to provide a full house and standing ovation for Edward Arron’s exceptional fourteen-year run as our Artistic Director last December, we have invited the divine Jeewon Park to join him for our first concert in 2022. We will all want to make a most particular effort to come together for this celebratory occasion. Please mark January 9, 2022 on your calendars now.
During the darkest days of the pandemic, very generous donations have given us two other highlights to anticipate. Emily Hart, a long-time supporter of the Series, has given us the largest single donation to the Chamber Music Endowment and asked that we accept it in honor of former Board member William Lortz. Thus, the March concert will be dedicated to Bill’s generous and enthusiastic support of Chamber Music; we hope you will pop on a bow tie (his favorite neckwear), join us for a champagne reception, and enjoy a program including Chopin’s Scherzo No. 2 (his favorite Chopin).
That celebration will be followed by the world premiere of a piece written by American composer Jeremy Turner and made possible by a generous donation from Walda Wildman of Columbia. USCB Chamber Music has commissioned a composition of new chamber music for piano, violin, clarinet, and cello, and a very talented quartet will join the composer to debut the Six-Mile House at the concluding concert of the 2021-2022 season. We are also planning our first post-pandemic Friends’ reception following this premiere performance. Please mark March 6 and April 10 on your calendars now.
Knowing that you won’t want to miss any of the exceptional artists and programming for all five Sundays from Halloween-April, we will offer two options for subscriptions/tickets and three options for enjoying the upcoming concerts:
Live-Attendance Subscriptions/Tickets: You may elect to attend live on Sundays at five; live subscriptions and tickets will also provide virtual access.
Virtual Only (Live-stream and On-demand) Subscriptions/Tickets: You may choose to join those in the hall from the safety and convenience of your home or your travels with live streaming on Sundays at five and also within a week after the concert with on-demand access at your leisure for three weeks.
Even in the best of times, USCB Chamber Music relies on the constancy of our subscribers and the generosity of our Friends to sustain the program. Since we are committed to supporting our artists fully throughout the season, regardless of variants, we ask that you consider subscribing and beFriending the Series as generously as you can. We also ask that you send our website information to friends anywhere in the world who might want to subscribe for a virtual season or for a particular concert of grand music. If we can count on you as a subscriber, Friend, and recruiter, we know we shall fly the chamber music banner high in the Carolina Lowcountry.