Chee-Yun shares insight on Wadsworth
Charles Wadsworth has always been a great ambassador for the city of Newnan, according to violinist Chee-Yun, slated to perform here this weekend at the “Friends of Wadsworth Concert – The Legacy Continues” at the Wadsworth Auditorium.
“He is very proud to be from Newnan, and he talks about his hometown so much while he’s on the road,” said Chee-Yun, who has performed with Wadsworth for some years.
“People are born everywhere, and there’s no guarantee that just because you’re born in a big city that you’re going to have a big career,” she said. “But because Charles was born in a small town, he has that small-town personality inside of him that is so endearing to all of us. He’s such a Southern gentleman at his core.”
Chee-Yun toured with Wadsworth for 10 years under the Spoleto USA banner. Cellist Edward Arron, who will also perform at this weekend’s concert, also toured with them frequently.
“We went to Charles and said that we loved playing together so much that we should just take the act on the road, and so we did,” said Chee-Yun. “We had a blast. And every time we would get on the stage and he would start introducing us, Charles would talk about Newnan. He was a good P.R. person for the town of Newnan, Georgia.”
She said it is “so lovely to go back to Newnan and to see all the people who treasure him and adore him like we do. They are all so proud of him, and it’s great being a part of that.”
She said that Wadsworth has taught his fellow performers a lot about how to relate to an audience.
“I learned so much from him, in that way,” said Chee-Yun. “He creates an audience-friendly environment that invites people to want to come back over and over again.”
She said that Wadsworth will “always be a part of us.”
“I don’t ever want to think about him not being a part of what we do,” she said. “I am so lucky to have met so many people through my association with Charles. We have all become such close colleagues and good personal friends. Charles always knew about how to put artists together so that their personalities meshed well together. We all have fun, and a good sense of humor. He looks for artists that have the whole package.”