The opening concert of the Starr Ward Chamber Music Series and the SC Chamber Music Festival will be held Sunday Feb. 21, 2016 in the banquet room at Victor’s Bistro. The approximately 1 hour concert will begin at 5:00 PM and followed by a meet the artist reception. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The program will feature Paolo Gualdi, piano, John Laughton, clarinet and Oral Moses, bass-baritone. They will perform works by Brahms, Saint-Saens, Poulenc and Gershwin.
John Laughton, clarinetist, is a soloist and chamber musician whose career has taken him around the world performing in major concert halls, teaching in major conservatories and universities, and developing arts programs and festivals focusing on the arts and community development. He is passionate about the need for the integration of the arts disciplines into the fabric of the democracy, using innovation, creativity, and research to address economic, social, and health related issues. As a performer he has been featured in major concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Brazil, New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of China. He holds advanced degrees in performance from The University of Iowa (DMA) and The Catholic University of America (MM) and has done post-graduate work at the University of Texas, Boston College, Harvard University, and the Banff Center in Canada.
Italian pianist Paolo André Gualdi has played recitals in Italy, France, Brazil and the United States for music organizations such as A.Gi.Mus., Accademia Ori, and Accademia Amadeus (Italy); Universidade Federal do Rio Grande so Sul and Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (Brazil); Musée Würth (France); International Piano Series of Charleston, American Liszt Society, Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (U.S.A.). He has also appeared with many orchestras including the Georgia Philharmonic, Wilmington Symphony, Atlanta Philharmonic, Florence Symphony, DeKalb Symphony, and the Universidade de Caxias do Sul Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for Mark Records and IFO Classics, and his performances have been broadcasted by radios such as NPR and Radio Vaticana.
Oral Moses, bass-baritone performs regularly throughout the United States and Europe singing Oratorio and recitals with special emphasis on a wide variety of Negro Spirituals and Art Song repertoire by African-American composers.
He has had numerous successes in Oratorio and Opera performing major roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Regina, La Boheme, Albert Herring, Tremonisha, Rigoletto, and Die Zauberflöte among many others. Symphonic engagements have included works with the Nashville Symphony, the Jackson Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony.