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The School of American Music will present a benefit concert on Saturday, September 26 from 6 to 8pm eastern time at the Dewey Cannon Park in Three Oaks, Mich. The concert, “An Evening in the Park,” will feature a mix of classical, jazz and art songs by SAM instructors and guest artists.

Ticket price is $50, and ticket sales support SAM’s Endowment Fund, part of a 10-year effort to create a fund to address the school’s future financial needs. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the Tickets & Merchandise tab on this website or logging onto An anonymous donor will match net proceeds from the concert.

The evening’s headliner is Martha Cares, a classically trained vocalist who has performed with the Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre and Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, and at various venues in Harbor Country. She will sing works by Connie Converse, a Michigan poet and composer.

Other performers will include the Opus Two String Quartet from the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony Orchestra; SAM teachers Madison Kutch, Elin Boklund and Ron Spears; vocalist Pam Kirkham, and SAM voice student Lauren Eggelston.

Ticket sales are limited to 100 people, and attendees are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs. SAM is marking socially distanced seating areas in the park. The concert area is behind SAM’s Arts & Education Center at 14 Maple Street in downtown Three Oaks.

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