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2017 Series Schedule


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

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.

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.