Carlson Performs HCCA’s First Concert of the Year

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Jan. 4, 2012 – Pianist Stephen Carlson returns to Hartsville to perform the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association’s (HCCA) first concert of the New Year, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, in the Watson Theater in the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.

“Dr. Carlson is an exciting performer and has chosen a varied program of piano masterworks for this recital ranging from lyrical Chopin and athletic Liszt to introspective Beethoven and colorful Stravinsky,” said Associate Professor of Music and HCCA Vice President Graham Wood.  “We are looking forward to having a former Coker faculty member back on campus.”

The concert will begin with Liszt’s “St. Francis of Paola Walking on the Water” followed by “Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111” by Ludwig van Beethoven. Following a program intermission will be “Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52” by Frederic Chopin and conclude with “Three Movements from Petrushka” by Igor Stravinsky.

A member of the Bemidji State University Music Department since 2006, Carlson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician who has performed at many colleges, universities, and festivals throughout much of the U.S. and Eastern Canada.  In 2005, Carlson made his New York debut as a solo recitalist in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with a program that included Schumann’s “Symphonic Etudes,” Stravinsky’s “Three Movements from Petrushka,” and various works by Beethoven, Debussy and Scriabin.  Appointed to the Performing Artist Roster of the South Carolina Arts Commission, he has also performed chamber music with members of the South Carolina Philharmonic as well as the Charleston and Greenville symphonies in South Carolina.  He has appeared with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra three times: last season in which he played Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto,” in 2009 when he played Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” and in 2007 when he played Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” with Michelle Laliberte and Patrick Riley.

He completed the doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa where he studied with Uriel Tsachor.  He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois and Gustavus Adolphus College where he studied with Ian Hobson and John McKay, respectively.

This season, Carlson has recitals scheduled in Arizona, Minnesota, North and South Carolina, North Dakota, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Also an innovative clinician with wide-ranging interests, he is frequently called upon to give master classes, piano teacher workshops and to adjudicate contests.

Prior to coming to Bemidji State where he is associate professor of music, Carlson was a tenured faculty member at Coker College.  He has also taught piano at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Gustavus Adolphus College and St. Joseph’s School of Music in St. Paul, Minn.

A partnership between Coker College and Hartsville, the Hartsville Community Concert Association presents an annual program of performing arts events in downtown Hartsville and on the Coker College campus.  Individual tickets are sold for each event or discounted season tickets are included in the Association’s membership.

Tickets for Carlson’s concert, which are available at the door, are $25 for adults, $7 for children under 18. Coker students with college identification are admitted for free.

Carlson will also lead an informal master class and discussion for students from Coker and the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics at 3.30 p.m. on Jan. 9 in the Hannah Lide Coker Music Recital Hall.

For more information about the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association visit or call 383-8125.

PHOTO: Pianist Stephen Carlson.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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