Edward Arron & Friends will perform in the Kershaw County Fine Arts Center’s Wood Auditorium for the second concert of the three-part Chamber Music Series Thursday at 7 p.m. The concert will feature selections by Mozart, Gustav, Musto, and Fauré. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the concert, with a student ticket for $15.
A native of Cincinnati, OH, Cellist Edward Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
In 2013, Arron completed a 10-year residency as artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber music series created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s Concerts and Lectures series. Currently, he is the artistic director, host, and resident performer of the Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, CT, as well as the Festival Series in Beaufort, S.C. and Chamber Music on Main at the Columbia Museum in Columbia, SC. Additionally, Arron curates a series, Edward Arron and Friends, at the Caramoor International Music Festival, and is the co-artistic director along with his wife, pianist Jeewon Park, of the new Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.
Arron has performed 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, and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic. Festival appearances include Ravinia, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, BRAVO! Colorado, Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe, Seattle Chamber Music, Great Mountains, Charlottesville, Telluride Musicfest, Seoul Spring, Lake Champlain Chamber Music, Chesapeake Chamber Music, and Bard Music Festival. He has participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project as well as Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters.
Since his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum in 1984, Pianist Phillip Bush has appeared as a recitalist throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 2001 with the London Sinfonietta to critical acclaim, replacing an ailing Peter Serkin on short notice in concerti by Stravinsky and Alexander Goehr. He has also appeared as soloist with the Osaka Century Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Houston Symphony and several other orchestras, in repertoire as far-ranging as the Beethoven concerti and the American premiere of Michael Nyman’s Harpsichord Concerto.
Bush has also performed and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, has appeared frequently on New York's Bargemusic series, and has performed at numerous festivals worldwide. Between 1991 and 1999, he performed over 250 concerts in Japan with the piano quartet, Typhoon, and recorded five CD's with the group for Epic/Sony, all of which reached the top of the Japanese classical charts.
Bush has performed with many of the New York area's most renowned new music ensembles, including Bang on a Can All-Stars, Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, Group for Contemporary Music, Newband, Sequitur, Parnassus and New Music Consort. His discography as soloist and chamber musician has now reached 40 recordings on labels such as Sony, Virgin Classics, Koch International, ASV, New World Records, Denon and many others.
A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, Bush was appointed Research Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of South Carolina School of Music in 2012.
Violist Nicholas Cords has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, the Cologne Philharmonie, and the Library of Congress. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the New York String Seminar Orchestra. Recent highlights include performances at the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, in works ranging from Feldman to Wuorinen, and the Vail International Dance Festival, where he performed Stravinsky's Élegie for solo viola in a late Balanchine choreography (dormant for the past 30 years) with the Brazilian ballerina Carla Körbes. His debut solo album, Recursions (2013-In a Circle Records), features works ranging from Biber to Hindemith to Cords' recently composed Five Migrations.
Cords is a regular member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and has taken a role in the organization and development of new creative projects, programming for concerts and museum residencies as part of two long-term residencies with the group. Cords appears on all four of the ensemble’s albums; Silk Road Journeys, Beyond the Horizon, New Impossibilities and Off the Map.
Cords began his musical education at the Juilliard School where he won top honors in the viola competition and completed his studies at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.
Violinist Ara Gregorian made his New York recital debut in 1996 in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and his debut as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra in Symphony Hall in 1997. He has performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and in major metropolitan cities throughout the world including Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Cleveland, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Tel Aviv and Helsinki.
Gregorian is the founder and artistic director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina, which recently celebrated its 15th Anniversary Season, and has appeared at festivals worldwide. He has also performed extensively as a member of numerous chamber music ensembles including Concertante, the Daedalus Quartet and the Arcadian Trio and has recorded for National Public Radio, New York’s WQXR radio station, and the Bridge and Kleos labels.
Gregorian received his bachelor and master of music degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with Joseph Fuchs, Harvey Shapiro, and Robert Mann. He performs on a Francesco Ruggeri violin from 1690 and a Grubaugh and Seifert viola from 2006.
The 2015-16 Chamber Music Series is sponsored by The Frederick S. Upton Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Tom & Virginia Ann Mullikin, and Van Horn Insurance Agency.
For more information call 425-7676 extension 300 or visit the FAC website at www.fineartscenter.org. The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County 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.