Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Coweta: Wadsworth Concert Brings Master Classes to Students

An exciting and educational facet of the March 6th Charles Wadsworth & Friends Concert is now set to continue. Two of the musicians performing in the concert will arrive earlier in order to conduct Master Classes for Coweta County high school vocal and piano students.

Soprano Courtenay Budd and pianist Steven Prutsman, both accomplished and world-class artists, will conduct the Master Classes at The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Friday, March 5th. The master classes are free-of-charge to the students and the costs are being totally underwritten by the Newnan Rotary Club and Cargill.

“A Master Class is a class given to students of a particular discipline by an expert of that discipline—usually music, but also painting, drama, dance, or any of the arts. In a Master Class, a teacher’s general comments are replaced by the far more personal, intimate, informed, and individualized instructions and comments of a practiced professional in that talent or skill.”

Newnan High School’s Band Director John Erdogan has said of past master classes, “Student participation in Master Classes can hone students’ skills and challenge them. Encountering musicians who perform at this level can benefit students greatly by helping them develop basic techniques, reading literature, tone production... and just from the opportunity to be exposed to a developed talent who has succeeded artistically and professionally. Someone who actually does this professionally can certainly benefit students. Lots of things can come from these master classes.” Erdogan added, “"We are also so fortunate to have local citizens who not only appreciate Wadsworth and support his annual concert here, but also appreciate the musical arts enough to financially support a master class like this for our students.”

Dr. Lyn Schenbeck, Director, Centre Strings (high school) orchestra (also 6th-8th Strings, Smokey Road Middle school) commented, "This opportunity for our students and the Centre Strings ensemble to be a part of a master class can be a life-altering experience. Having the opportunity in past years to learn from someone like violinist Chee-Yun or cellist Edward Arron was very exciting; our students benefited in every way. A big thank you to Newnan Rotary and Cargill for making this happen.”

Tickets for the concert will be available, effective February 5 at Scott’s Book Store on the Courthouse Square, Morgans Jewelers at Ashley Park, The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts and Bank of Coweta at Thomas Crossroads and are budget priced at $20. for adults and $15. for students and (65+ seniors)
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