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Claire Bryant and Friends return to Camden

Posted: October 21, 2010 3:03 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2010 5:00 a.m.

South Carolina native Claire Bryant brings New York City’s finest young artists including fellows and alumni from The Academy: A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute to Camden for a Community Residency,  promoting arts education, community engagement, and arts advocacy through Chamber Music. “Claire Bryant and Friends” is a new collaboration between South Carolina communities and New York City’s most active and innovative chamber musicians. As young artists of the 21st century, these musicians are dedicated to the importance of community connection, through work in the public schools, retirement communities, health care facilities, community centers and other venues that make up the core of our society.

The Academy is an innovative two-year fellowship program created by Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School for the country’s finest young professional musicians, providing performance opportunities, advanced musical training, and the opportunity to work in partnership with a K-12 music teacher in a New York City public school. These experiences as part of The Academy have inspired these young musicians to adopt an artistic mission that encompasses a high level of music making, collaborative programming, and interactive performance.  In addition, they have a passionate desire to push beyond the formal concert setting, and bring music to the public, in hopes of garnering a greater connection between our society and the arts.

From Oct. 25 to 29, five exceptional artists, all alumni and current fellows of The Academy: A Program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute, Anna Elashvili and Owen Dalby, violins, Margaret Dyer, viola, and Julia MacLaine and Claire Bryant, cellos, will immerse their ensemble into the Camden community using the music of Prokofiev, Chen Yi, and Schubert as a springboard to explore, express, create, and collaborate with members of the community.

Sponsored by BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Tom and Virginia Ann Mullikin, Kennedy Insurance Agency and the Colony Inn, and presented by the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County, “Claire Bryant and Friends” will bring an innovative and engaging interactive performance to five public middle and high schools across Kershaw County, a performance at Morningside Assisted Living Home, a late-night bar show at the Venue on Broad St. on Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. and, finally, a culminating chamber music celebration at the FAC on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., featuring the music of Prokofiev, Chen Yi, and Schubert. For more information on the residency and artists, visit www.fineartscenter.org and www.clairebryant.com.

Tickets for the performance at the FAC are $30 in advance; $35 at the door and $15 for students, seniors and military.
For more information or tickets call 425-7676 extension 300 or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The FAC is located at 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden. Box office hours are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The FAC is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

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