Is Wadsworth stepping down?

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In today's P&C, Charles Wadsworth, founder of Spoleto's chamber music series and series director for more than 30 years, hints at it. The piece is about the appointment of Geoff Nuttall, violinist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, as associate artistic director, the first time Wadsworth has needed an assistant.

"In recent years, it has been very much on my mind that I needed someone to help me with the details of the chamber music series at Spoleto, and I decided to ask Geoff. He is not only a wonderful musician, but also I like him very much as a type of person who brings a high quality to everything he touches."I want the chamber series to continue on here in the right direction," adds Wadsworth, "and the important thing is that when Geoff has an idea about the way something should be done, I respect it immensely."

I called Spoleto about the above quote. Paula Edwards, a spokesperson, said Spoleto has not heard news about Wadsworth's stepping down. However, she did reiterate Wadsworth's age, 79, and that he is "obviously" prepping for the time when he won't be the director of chamber music anymore.

"He wants to make sure it's in the right hands," Edwards said. "Geoff is the right person to lead the series into the next phase. There's no word yet on when he might be stepping down.

"We'll see what happens."

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