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2014 Series Events


Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 20th
7:30 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church

The South Bend Chamber Singers, an ensemble-in-residence at Saint Mary's College, will perform a free holiday concert. This acclaimed ensemble is a finalist for  the 2014 American Prize in Choral Music. Over the past 20-plus years the Singers have presented major choral-orchestral works such as Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, B Minor Mass, and St. John Passion, Vivaldi's Gloria, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, and Orff's Carmina Burana. Yet, the ensemble concentrates primarily on works by living composers and regularly commissions new works and unusual and complex arrangements.  South Bend Singers website

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Cello and Piano Duo
Friday, August 22nd
7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church

The final concert of the summer portion of the 2014 South Haven Performance Series will feature a cello and piano duo whose repertoire will range from classical to jazz. Performing will be cellist Eric Edberg and pianist Claude Cymerman of the DePauw, Ind. University music faculty.

The program will include works by Brahms and Strauss and jazz pieces by Kapustin, in addition to others.

A native of France, Claude Cymerman has been the winner of national and international competitions, including the Grand Prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud contest.  The late French President Georges Pompidou recognized him, in a special ceremony, as "Outstanding Pianist." He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in France and the United States and is regularly invited to perform and give master classes at major festivals in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Japan and Israel. He made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1985. He was named the John C. and Lillian W. Siegesmund Professor of Music at DePauw University in 1996, in recognition of his outstanding teaching and artistic accomplishments.

Eric Edberg is an active concert artist,who addition to being an accomplished classical cellist, is an improvisational musician. At DePauw University he teaches one of the country's few non-jazz improvisation courses for classical musicians and frequently gives workshops on improvisation and self expression, most recently as part of a Music for People Week in Rhinebeck, N.Y. He has given an improvisation workshop at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Committed to music as a healing force, he is a frequent volunteer at hospitals and nursing homes. Trained at Peabody, Juilliard, The North Carolina School of the Arts and Florida State, his teachers have included such eminent cellists as Leonard Rose, Bernard Greenhouse and Stephen Kates.


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Symphony Brass Quintet

Friday, July 25th
7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church

The Symphony Brass Quintet is comprised of players from the Northern Indiana area -- Craig Heitger and Charles Steck, trumpets; Debra Inglefield, French horn; Joe Hickner, trombone; and Robert Rusk, tuba.

 

The concert will include compositions and arrangements for brass quintet by Victor Ewald, J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, George Bennard, Gustav Holst, and Paul Dukas.

 

Craig Heitger is well known to southwestern Michigan audiences as the solo cornet dating back to the 1960s with the St. Joseph Municipal Band. His extensive career has included performing with the Broadway Theatre League, Elkhart Symphony, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He was a member of the music faculty at Indiana University South Bend.

 

Debra Inglefield has been a French horn performer and teacher since 1988. She is the principal horn in the Elkhart, Ind. Symphony and performs with the Southwest Michigan Symphony and Elkhart Municipal Band. She serves as an instructor of horn at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University – South Bend and Andrews University.

 

Robert Rusk has a distinguished career performing the tuba for a quarter of a century with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of the music faculties at the Indiana University School of Music, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Northwestern University School of Music. He frequently performs on an instrument he has built himself.

 

Charles Steck is professor of Trumpet at Valparaiso University. He is also assistant director of band and choir at LaPorte, Ind, High School, the principal trumpet and associate conductor of the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra and this summer is in his second season as director of the LaPorte City Band. His varied career has included performing with the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra, St. Joseph Municipal Band and the Tim Milo Big Band.

 

Joe Hickner is the lead trombone with the Jazz Assemblage big band of Elkhart and has performed with symphonies in South Bend, Elkhart, the Twin Cities and Northbrook, Ill. He has a Masters degree in trombone performance from Northwestern University. He has worked for over 30 years for the Woodwind & Brasswind (now Guitar Center) in various management roles.
The Cavatina Duo
Friday, June 27th
7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church

The Cavatina Duo — Eugenia Moliner, flute (from Spain) and Denis Azabagic, guitar (from Bosnia) — has become one of the most impressive combinations of its kind in the world.

The repertoire includes music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic
and contemporary periods. A high point of their concerts is music
inspired by the folk traditions of their native lands of Spain and the
Balkans.


The husband-wife duo has captivated audiences with their electrifying performances across North America, Europe and Asia in such major venues and festivals as Ravinia (Chicago), Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival (France), Eem & Veem Festival (Netherlands), International Guitar Festival of Frechen (Germany), Symphony Center Chicago, the National Concert Hall of Taipei (Taiwan), National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, National Flute convention Gala Concert, USA, among many others.

The duo's performances have been broadcast by radio and television stations in Europe and North America. They have been the subject of interviews in the international magazines such as Chamber Music America, TodoFlauta (Spain), FluteTalk (USA), Classical Guitar (UK), Guitarra Magazine (web), Soundboard (USA). They are the first guitar and flute duo to be featured on both the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine (UK) and the cover of FluteTalk (USA).

Composers from around the world have been inspired to compose and arrange new works for the duo: Sérgio Assad and Clarice Assad (Brazil); Carlos Rivera, Michael Karmon (USA); Alan Thomas (UK-USA), Erik Otte (the Netherlands); Alejandro Yagüe (Spain); Boris Gaquere (Belgium) and V. Ivanovic (Bosnia/Greece). The Duo received the Encore Prize in 2003 for their collaboration with Michael Karmon. In February 2010 Cavatina duo premiered the Concerto for Flute Guitar and Orchestra dedicated to them by US born composer Alan Thomas with Camerata Serbica in Belgrade.

They have recorded five CD's for Spanish and North American labels: Opera Tres, Cedille, Bridge and Orobroy Records.

Eugenia Moliner has been acclaimed as a "brilliant young musician" by the British Flute Society magazine. She has performed with the principal and co-principal musicians of the Chicago Symphony and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras, and has been featured on radio and television programs in Spain, the Netherlands, Mexico, Taiwan and the
USA. Her discography includes six CD's. Mrs. Moliner is an Artist- faculty Member at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Winner of no fewer than eleven international competitions, Denis Azabagic has been described as a "virtuoso with flawless technique" by Soundboard Magazine. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago and Madrid Symphonies, among many others. His discography includes nine CDs, two DVDs and a manual entitled "On Competitions — Dealing with Performance Stress". He is a member of the
guitar faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University.

The duo's blend of Spanish passion and Balkan sensibility make their
concerts a unique experience.


For more information, visit their website here: The Cavatina Duo
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

Saturday, May 10th
7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church


The opening concert of the 2014 Performance Series will feature 2014 Gilmore Young Artist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner in a solo piano recital featuring works by Liszt, Ravel, Chopin and Beethoven, as well as one of his own compositions.

 

Currently residing in New York, Sanchez-Werner is now studying at The Juilliard School under Yoheved Kaplinsky, chair of Juilliard’s piano department. Sanchez-Werner is the youngest person to have been admitted to Juilliard as a full-time conservatory student.

 

Mr. Sanchez-Werner’s appearance is made possible by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.

 

A California native, 16-year-old Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner began piano studies at age two and by the age of six made his orchestral debut as soloist. He became a full-time student at Ventura College at age five, where he became the youngest person to earn an associate of arts degree. He now resides in New York while continuing his studies at The Juilliard School of Music College Division as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Ilya Itin.

Sanchez-Werner has performed solo recitals at the Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, at the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Canada, and at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. He was selected to be an artist-in-residence at the Canandaigua Music Festival in New York when he was 12 years old. Sanchez-Werner was also the featured soloist in concerts with the New West Symphony and with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.