Camden—The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County (FAC) will hold a special dedication and concert on Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 pm for the newly-built Mary Tatum Piano Room.
Named for long-time Camden pianist, teacher and arts advocate, Mary Tatum, the state-of-the-art facility was built to house the FAC’s fabulous concert-grand Steinway piano in a safe, climate-controlled environment and will provide a high-quality rehearsal and teaching space.
To honor Mary, performances (and intimate audience seating) on the Wood Auditorium stage will be given by pianists Annette Matthews & Eddie Huss, Billy Shepherd of the Upton Trio, and Charles Wadsworth, founder of the Chamber Music Series, Spoleto Festival, USA. The concert will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception on stage catered by Catery on Broad.
Construction of The Mary Tatum Piano Room and underwriting of this celebratory concert have been funded by former students, friends, and family of Mrs. Tatum. Admission is free.
Dr. Earl Bryant, local arts supporter and former board member at FAC, emphasizes Mrs. Tatum’s importance to the community: “Mary Tatum taught piano in Camden for 34 years. But more than that, she held the vision that this small community could aspire to greatness in the arts. She and Sibby Wood and Betty Lamar created their own mini-Spoleto, the MADD Festival, here in Camden…basically showing the high quality and creativity found in this community. She is truly an arts pioneer, and we were lucky to have her in this community.”
The evening will begin with the opening of the Bassett Gallery’s exhibition of works by Michael Story – “Landscapes and Jazz Greats” at 5:00 pm with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres provided by Ashley’s at McCaskill’s Farm.