Classical Music Concerts
Every year, Ruthmere features four classical music concerts, two in October and two in November, that make up our Fall Concert Series. These concerts, each performed by acclaimed musicians, help Ruthmere to reach its mission in supporting fine art and culture to Elkhart. The performers typically change on a yearly basis, with the first concert always featuring the winner of the yearly Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize. Join us for an unparalleled series of musical talent.
2021 Fall Concert Series
Thursday, October 14th
This Concert sponsored by:
Ruthmere Museum will have the winner of the Fourth Annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize kicking off the 2021 Ruthmere Fall Concert Series.
Thursday, October 28th
Described in The WholeNote as “an innovative musician and aggressive thinker with a gift for keyboard brilliance,” Dr. Nicholas Susi enjoys a multifaceted career living out his deep love for music. His varied activities in recent seasons have included solo and concerto performances, masterclasses, lectures, community outreach events, and competition adjudication.
His debut recording, Scarlatti Now, was released in late 2016 to critical acclaim; in addition to nationwide radio airplay, the disc was featured on the prestigious Critics’ Choice list (2017) of American Record Guide and was chosen as a 1st place winner of The American Prize in 2018.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Susi is currently based out of Duluth, Minnesota where he is Assistant Professor of Music at The College of St. Scholastica. In addition to teaching private lessons in piano, Dr. Susi also coordinates the class piano program and teaches courses in music theory. He completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan, with previous studies at the University of Kansas and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln as a two-time DAAD grantee.
Thursday, November 11th
Frank Huang is a Steinway Artist and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Piano at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Previously, he was a faculty member at The College of Wooster and The Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. Huang’s performances have led him throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
An avid chamber musician, he also enjoys performing with others as he has collaborated with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in recitals. Equally active as a soloist with orchestra, he has performed with the Sammamish Symphony, Northwest Philharmonia, Peru National Symphony, Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony, and Sichuan Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Seattle, WA, Frank Huang studied extensively with Willard Schultz at the Academy of Music Northwest before obtaining Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he continued his studies with Julian Martin. Following his training at Juilliard, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Cleveland Institute of Music under the direction of Antonio Pompa-Baldi.
Friday, November 26th
Nicholas Roth began formal studies at age twelve, receiving critical acclaim for his appearances by the age of eighteen. He appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard, among many others. Roth is a featured performer and teacher throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He is a Yamaha Artist, a Beethoven Fellow of the American Pianists Association, earned prizes in the chamber music competitions of Tortona and Pietra Ligure, Italy, and received a DAAD grant to further his studies in Germany. Roth holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University, Artist Diplomas in solo piano performance and art song collaboration from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, and MM and BM degrees from Indiana University.
Roth is Professor of Piano at Drake University. Previous appointments include University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and Alma College. He has recorded for the Blue Griffin, Naxos, MSR Classics & Innova recording labels. His recordings with Blue Griffin have garnered exceptional reviews from International Record Review, Gramophone, Fanfare, and American Record Guide.
In March 2019, Roth participated in a performance of the Hexaméron for six pianos and orchestra in Baku, Azerbaijan. In recent years, he was a featured A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and collaborated with Robert Spano in a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Roth is the founder of the Drake University Keys to Excellence Piano Series, now in its seventh season, featuring renowned artists from all over the world.
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