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Cellist, pianist to perform at FMU, Oct. 21

Cellist Kenneth Law and pianist Douglas Weeks will perform at Francis Marion University as part of the FMU Artist Series, Thursday, Oct. 21.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Law, an assistant professor of violoncello at Converse College’s Petrie School of Music, received undergraduate and graduate degrees and diplomas in performance from the Eastman School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Peabody Conservatory, and served as a chamber music fellow at the Juilliard School from 1994-1996.

Law has appeared internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with such artists as Earl Carlyss, formerly of the Juilliard String Quartet; Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet; and the Ying String Quartet. Most recently, Law performed in Panama as a member of the Converse Trio, and in Winterthur, Switzerland, as a member of the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic Soloists.

Law performs with the Phoenix Players, directs the Palmetto Cello Choir and the Converse College Chamber Music Workshop, and is a past president of the South Carolina chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Douglas Weeks is the Babcock Professor of Piano at Converse. During the summers, he coordinates piano studies at the Brevard Music Festival in the North Carolina mountains. He has performed throughout the Southeastern U.S. both as soloist and as a member of the Converse Trio. He has also performed and taught in 12 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia under sponsorship of the U.S. Information Agency.

In spring 1999, Weeks taught for four months at the Conservatory of Music in Cairo, Egypt, as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. Most recently, he has performed as soloist with the Spartanburg and Greenville, S.C. Symphonies, the Winterthur (Switzerland) Symphony, and in Panama with the Converse Trio.

A prize winner in the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition, Weeks competed in the VI International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He is a National Patron of Delta Omicron Music Honorary Fraternity and a two-time recipient of the S.C. Arts Commission’s Artist Fellowship in Music.

He has been awarded the Kathryne Amelia Brown Award at Converse College for excellence in teaching and the S.C. Commission on Higher Education’s Distinguished Professor Award.

His articles have appeared in “Clavier” and in the online journal, “Piano Pedagogy Forum.” Weeks holds a B.M. degree from Illinois State University, an M.M. degree with a performer’s certificate from Indiana University, a D.M. degree from Florida State University, and a License de Concert from the Ecole Normale de Musique, in Paris, France.

His teachers include Abbey Simon, Jack Radunsky, Edward Kilenyi, Tong Il Han, Rosina Lhevinne, and Maria Curcio Diamand.

#46 / 10-14-04

Last Published: October 18, 2004 7:16 AM
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