Classical Music Concerts
Fall Concert Series
Ruthmere proudly announces the Fall Concert Series for 2017. Ruthmere will continue its successful "Game Room Piano Concerts" series that broke all previous attendance records in 2016 and captured public attention as never before. All concerts are held in Ruthmere's historic Game Room, and followed by a Meet the Artist reception.
Ticket pricing for the 2017 Fall Concert Series is as follows: Single concert non-members $40 per seat. Single concert Ruthmere Members $25 per seat. Season Pass for all four concerts $100 per seat. Season pass offers reserved seating, and is available ONLY to Ruthmere Members. Note: Non-member Fall Concert ticket price includes a 10-day trial membership. Ruthmere Fall Concerts are considered private party events.
To make reservations or purchase a season pass, click on the appropriate links above, or call Ruthmere at 574-264-0330 ext. 104. The first three concerts are on a Thursday, and the last one, a Friday. All concerts begin at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Non-reserved seating is offered on a first come, first served basis.
ASK ABOUT OUR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPECIAL RECOGNITION AND TO ATTEND THE PRE-CONCERT ARTIST PREVIEW RECEPTION AT EVERY CONCERT! BECOME A SPONSOR FOR AS LITTLE AS $500. For information on becoming a sponsor call Executive Director Bill Firstenberger at 574-264-0330 ext. 105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NICHOLAS ROTH - CLASSICAL PIANIST
November 24 - Elkhart favorite son Nicholas Roth will treat Ruthmere patrons with a “Russian Night” including a four-hand duet version of the Nutcracker Suite with his student Pablo Valladares. What a way to celebrate the holiday weekend! Nicholas is Professor of piano at Drake University. Don’t miss Nicholas Roth for this once in a lifetime performance! On this night Nicholas will be presented as the inaugural recipient of the Robert Beardsley Annual Piano Prize.
Hailed by the Indianapolis News as "a world of talent, displaying lyrical beauty, percussive driving power never out of control, and never without security and assurance," pianist Nicholas Roth began his formal studies at age twelve, and was receiving critical acclaim for his appearances by the age of eighteen. He has appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard, among many others. Roth has been featured in recitals and festivals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Serbia, and Spain, including the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series of Chicago, the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, and Sunday Afternoons Live from the Elvehjem in Madison, Wisconsin. An avid collaborative pianist, he has performed with premier chamber ensembles such as the Cypress String Quartet, Euclid String Quartet, Felici Piano Trio, and vocalist Cheryl Studer.
Pablo Valladares began piano lessons at the age of four with the Russian teacher, Aliona Ivanenko, and is currently pursuing a BM in Piano Performance with Dr. Nicholas Roth at Drake University. As a winner of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador Young Artist Competition in Quito, Valladares appeared as concerto soloist with that orchestra at the age of 16.
He has participated in various piano festivals including the Edward Auer Piano Workshop and the Jacob School of Music Piano Academy at Indiana University, 1st Texas State International Piano Festival, and the Classical Music Festival Piano Seminar in Eisenstadt, Austria, where he had the opportunity to perform at the Esterházy Palace and the Haydn Conservatory. Valladares has performed in master classes for renowned artists including Jerome Lowenthal (Julliard School), Karen Shaw (Indiana University), Asaf Zohar (Tel-Aviv University), Su Bin (Shanghai Conservatory), and Daniel Shapiro (Cleveland Institute of Music), among others. He was a winner of the 2014 Drake Concerto Competition and a participant in the 2016 and 2017 Drake Student Honors Recital.
In June of 2015, Valladares and Dr. Nicholas Roth presented the Concerto for Two Pianos by Francis Poulenc with several orchestras in Ecuador. Valladares performed at Minzu University of China in Beijing in June 2016, and in February 2017 he participated in concerts presented by the Iowa Chapter of the American Liszt Society. In the summer of 2017, Valladares gave several concerts in Ecuador and served as artistic director of the First Ono Zone International Music Festival in Quito. http://www.drake.edu/life/dosomethingdrake/pablovalladares/
Coming for 2018 - Robert Beardsley Annual Piano Prize
Ruthmere will soon host a new competition of classical piano music - to be known as the Robert Beardsley Annual Piano Prize - and will utilitize Ruthmere’s 9-foot Steinway Concert Grand Piano (1955) in the Game Room. This piano originally was the favorite “loner” piano from Steinert & Sons Steinway Dealers in Boston to Arthur Rubenstein when he was on tour in New England.
The winner of the competition will be awarded a $1,000 prize, and his or her name will be inscribed on a plaque adjacent to a handsome glass-encased antique Sterling trophy cup-with-cover. The cup is 22 inches high, weighs over 75 ounces and was made in London in 1907, one year before construction of Ruthmere began. Judging criteria and terms of application are being developed. All recital-qualified players will be considered. While players of 19th century Romantic and earlier Baroque period piano literature are preferred, gifted improvisationalists are welcome to apply.
Applicants are encouraged to make submissions for consideration either online or by a CD if on-site auditioning is not convenient. The number of competing contestants will be limited to ten.
In honor of and in appreciation for the brillant recitals he has performed at Ruthmere over many years, Nicholas Roth has been named the 2017 recipient of this award. He will accept this prize and perform at Ruthmere on November 24, 2017.