Chamber Music Festival Series kicks off Nov. 7 in Beaufort

The opening lineup for the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Chamber Music Festival Series includes heavy-hitters such as Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. These classical composers will be followed by Bela Bartok, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Giya Kancheli for an evening program notable for its power and variety. The opening performance of the series will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Performing Arts Center on Carteret Street in Beaufort.

Prize-winning and internationally acclaimed artists, violinist Jesse Mills, flutist Marya Martin and violist Theodore Arm, will join artistic director and cellist Edward Arron on stage at the Performing Arts Center.

About the performers:

  • Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills has been a soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States and has joined a variety of chamber musicians for performances at prestigious venues in Europe, such as the Barbican Centre in London, La Cite de la Musique in Paris and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He studied with Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann and Itzhak Perlman and is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
  • Marya Martin is the renowned flutist and artistic director of the Bridgehampton (N.Y.) Chamber Music Festival. She studied the flute with Jean-Pierre Rampal and James Galway and has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in major concert halls and at music festivals throughout the world. She is presently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. She has recorded for Orion Master Recordings, Arabesque Records and the Musical Heritage Society.
  • Veteran chamber musician Theodore Arm, playing both violin and viola, has been a member of the acclaimed chamber group Tashi since 1976 and has toured with Lukas Foss, Chick Corea and Gary Burton throughout Europe and Asia. He holds a Doctorate in Performance from the Juilliard School where he studied with Christine Dethier and Joseph Fuchs. He has recorded for RCA, Delos and ECM.
  • Cellist Edward Arron served as the artistic director for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Artists in Concert Series for the past seven seasons.
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