Published Friday, March 16, 2012

Wadsworth and Friends landmark; Show returns for 20th concert


World-famous pianist Charles Wadsworth will once again appear in concert on the stage of his namesake Wadsworth Auditorium in the annual concert sponsored by Newnan's Cultural Arts Commission.

This 20th anniversary concert will present a spectacular array of classical musicians to the audience, notes this year's concert chairman, John White.

"To highlight the significance of this 20th anniversary Wadsworth & Friends Concert that began in 1993, the April 21 concert will feature an unprecedented musical program and an unprecedented number of musicians," White said.

Just one of the highlights of the program is the appearance of another famous Georgia son, violinist Robert McDuffie. Born in Macon and now residing in New York, McDuffie generally is considered to be the finest classical violinist from Georgia. He will headline the musical bill and will bring with him a string ensemble of 24 musicians to perform Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."

Additionally, noted soprano Jeanine De Bique and baritone Christòpheren Nomura will be featured on the program and entertain the audience with a selection of solos and duets.

De Bique is a versatile performer whose concerts and recitals have ranged from operatic to spiritual selections. Nomura has been celebrated for his warm, robust, and clear vocal range and his wide repertoire. And, of course, Newnan's own Charles Wadsworth will again serve as host and accompanist.

"Musically and artistically, the evening will feature one of the finest, largest groups of classical musicians ever to perform on the historic Wadsworth Auditorium stage. It promises to be an exceptional and memorable evening and will again prove to be one of Newnan and Coweta County's most outstanding cultural events," White said.

Highly acclaimed and awarded Charles Wadsworth, now nearing his 84th birthday, has greatly reduced his touring and concert schedule but has pledged to return to Newnan for the annual Wadsworth & Friends Concert for as long as "providentially able."

Commenting on his planned 2012 Newnan concert, Wadsworth said, "Few Newnan and Coweta County residents can appreciate the significance of my being able to bring McDuffie to Newnan. They just can't know. McDuffie is a world-class violinist who travels with a multi-million dollar violin, and he picks and chooses any world stage on which he wants to perform. Newnan will never, ever feature a finer classical violinist, and the people who attend this concert will never hear a more accomplished violinist."

General admission tickets for the concert are budget priced at $20, White said, and will be available after March 28 at Scott's Book Store and at Let Them Eat Toffee on the Court Square, at Morgan Jewelers in Ashley Park, or at the Bank of Coweta at Thomas Crossroads.

Patron tickets for the event, including a post concert reception, are also available. Patron inquiries are invited and information is available from concert chair John White at 770-253-1959.

"In view of last year's sold-out concert, early ticket purchases are recommended," White added.

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