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Edward Arron & Friends at FAC, second of chamber music series

Posted: February 6, 2014 5:17 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County is pleased to bring Edward Arron & Friends to Camden for the second concert of the three-part Chamber Music Series on Tuesday. The concert will begin at 7 p.m., immediately following a cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. The concert will feature selections by Mozart, Brahms, Schumann and Turina. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the concert, with a student ticket for $15. Special sponsorship is provided by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the Frederick S. Upton Foundation, Tom & Virginia Ann Mullikin, Bank of America, Kennedy Insurance Agency and Wavering Place Landscape Design and Build.

Cellist Edward Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances and creative programming. Arron has appeared in recital, as a soloist with orchestra and as a chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Arron is the artistic director of the Caramoor Virtuosi and is the co-artistic director along with his wife, pianist Jeewon Park, of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Arron has performed numerous times at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, New York’s Town Hall and the 92nd Street Y. He is also a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York.

Arnaud Sussmann, violinist, is a multi-faceted and compelling artist who has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Central America, Europe and Asia, and at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museum and the Louvre Museum. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony and Stamford Symphony .

Sussmann is a passionate chamber musician and has been a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006. He appears with CMS both in New York and on tour. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman and Peter Frankl.

Canadian violist Max Mandel is one of the most acclaimed and versatile musicians of his generation. Comfortable in many styles and genres, Mandel is a member of New York's pioneering avant-garde ensemble the FLUX and is also a founding member of The Knights, one of the most dynamic ensembles in America, which the Los Angeles Times claims is "at the forefront of...the future of classical music."

Mandel's other group affiliations include Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, The Smithsonian Chamber Players, The Caramoor Virtuosi, Blarvuster, ClassNotes and I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble.

Avery Fisher Career Grant Winner Benjamin Hochman, pianist, made his highly acclaimed New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was soon followed by engagements with the New York Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall. A native of Jerusalem, he was selected to participate in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two, Isaac Stern's International Chamber Music Encounters at the Jerusalem Music Centre and Carnegie Hall's Professional Training Workshops. His numerous engagements at New York's 92nd Street Y have highlighted a penchant for diverse programming.

Hochman has performed as soloist with the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras, the Prague and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, Istanbul State Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada. Mr. Hochman is on the piano faculty of the Longy School of Music and Bard College.

The FAC’s Chamber Music Series consists of three performances in the FAC’s Wood Auditorium. An annual staple of FAC programming, the series continues to draw attention for its world-class performances. Edward Arron and Friends will perform for students from Kershaw County in the Wood Auditorium on Tuesday prior to the evening’s performance. The musicians will engage the young audience members throughout the concert, encouraging them to listen, to think, and to provide feedback for a truly interactive concert experience This performance is made possible through a partnership with the Kershaw County School District and the FAC's School Arts Series headed by Reberta Karesh.

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 Street 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 is 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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