The South Haven
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Contributing to the Cultural Fabric of Our Community
Founded in 2010, the South Haven Performance Series is an all-volunteer community based organization dedicated to providing a rich mixture of professional music and the performing arts for residents and visitors of South Haven, along with performance art education opportunities for local youth. The Series is making a positive impact on the cultural fabric of the South Haven community. Suggestions for future concerts are welcomed. Please email them to southhavenm@comcast.net.
2017 Concert Schedule
FRIDAY, JUNE 30
Picosa Chamber Music Ensemble's
Music of the Baroque European Tour

First United Methodist Church - 7:30 p.m.

We all know that Italian, German, English, and French cars are very different, but what about each country’s music? The Picosa Chamber Music Ensemble will take its audience on a tour of different European styles of chamber music in the Baroque era. The concert will feature Baroque music specialists Patti Garvey on cello, Jennie  Brown on flute, and Jason Moy on harpsichord. Garvey is a  member of the Grand Rapids Symphony; Jennie Brown teaches at Elmhurst College; and Jason Moy is a member of the faculty at DePaul University in Chicago. You will come away understanding the difference between an Italian Corrente and a French Courante and will be delighted by their selection of beautiful Baroque masterpieces!

Patti Garvey has been performing for over 20 years throughout North America, South America and Europe. Originally from Wheaton, Ill., she began her studies of the cello at age nine and went on to receive degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She maintains an active interest in early music, playing the bass, tenor, and treble viols and baroque cello. She enjoys performing in a wide variety of musical styles including on American Idol, the Voice, X-Factor and Glee.

Jennie Brown teaches at Elmhurst College and directs the Elmhurst College Summer Music Academy.  She has also been on faculty at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music since 2002. She has performed in Music Festivals at Aspen, the Music Academy of the West, and Norfolk. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music. Northwestern University and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Jennie has performed in multiple National Flute Association annual conventions.

Jason Moy holds degrees in harpsichord and Early Music performance from McGill University in Montreal. He is a native of Chicago, and currently serves on the faculty of the DePaul University School of Music. His concert activities as a soloist and collaborative artist have taken him throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and included appearances at the 2013 and 2015 Boston Early Music Festivals. He is a frequent guest artist with such respected ensembles as the Bach Week Festival Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Newberry Consort, and Music of the Baroque.

FRIDAY, JULY 28

Hope College Sospiro Faculty Trio

Gabe Southard, flute

Sarah Southard, oboe

Sarah Bast, piano

First United Methodist Church – 7:30 p.m.

 

The Sospiro Faculty Trio at Hope College aims to work with living composers to create new works of music for the instrumentation of flute, oboe and piano. The trio, which consists of flutist Robert “Gabe” Southard, oboist Sarah Southard and pianist Sarah Bast, performed at the 2016 Conference of the International Double Reed Society and 2016 Convention of the National Flute Association. Robert “Gabe" Southard conducts the Hope College Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. Sarah Southard has performed with the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Madison Symphony. Mary Bast has been an accompanist at Hope College since 2014. She has taught piano at the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
Baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco
Pianist Spencer Myer

First United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m.
Mario Diaz-Moresco is garnering attention for his versatility and strong stage presence in both Opera and Art Song. An active recitalist, his Art Song repertoire includes works by Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Poulenc, Beethoven, Bolcom and Musto. Also passionate about new music, he has premiered Laura M. Kramer's song cycle The Miracle of the Walking Fish, for voice and guitar, and Julia Adolphe's opera Sylvia. He studied at the University of Colorado and the University of Southern California. He has been a young artist with Central City Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, The St. Petersburg Opera Company and a Stern Fellow at SongFest. In recent seasons Mr. Diaz-Moresco has given recitals with pianist Spencer Myer on California’s  "InConcert Sierra" series, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago and the Rocky River Chamber Music Society of Ohio.


Lauded for "superb playing" and "poised, alert musicianship" by the Boston Globe, and labeled "definitely a man to watch" by London's The Independent, American pianist Spencer Myer is one of the most respected and sought-after artists on today's concert stage.

Spencer Myer's orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia.

  Myer's career was launched with three important prizes: First Prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in South Africa, the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association and the Gold Medal from the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition. He is also a laureate of the 2007 William Kapell, 2005 Cleveland and 2005 Busoni international piano competitions. He enjoys an esteemed reputation as a vocal collaborator since winning the 2000 Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition.

 Myer's most recent recording -- "Bolcom: Selected Rags" -- was  released in January of 2017 on the Steinway & Sons label.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19
South Bend Chamber Singers
Peace Lutheran Church - 7:30 p.m.
Returning to the South Haven Performance Series by popular demand are the South Bend Chamber Singers. In its 28th season, the Chamber Singers are an ensemble-in-residence at Saint Mary’s College. They previously presented concerts in South Haven in 2010 and 2014. The concert will be new music for the Christmas season, featuring world premieres of works by American composers William Averitt and Zae Munn. The program will include new arrangements of familiar carols. Strings will be featured in several works.

We are grateful for the donors, including the South Haven Community Foundation, who faithfully support the South Haven Performance Series.
The South Haven Performance Series is a 501c (3) non-profit organization.