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A “Sublime Blend”

The School of American Music presents a program of classical violin and jazz standards

“From Classical to Jazz,” a unique pairing of solo violin and the Great American Jazz Songbook, will be presented on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at 3 p.m. EDT at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St., in New Buffalo, Mich. Tickets are free but must be reserved online or by calling SAM at 269/409-1191. Donations are welcome.

Ron Spears on electric guitar

The Free Family Concert will feature legendary locals Nic Orbovich on violin, Ron Spears on electric guitar, and Dino Jackson on French horn. Spears and Jackson perform together as Duo Jazz, a new venture that has even surprised its founders. “The fusion of jazz electric guitar and the French horn produces a sublime blend of tonality and harmonics,” said Spears. “That was totally unexpected when Dino and I began our duo.” Spears plays guitar for “Down by the Docks,” a NW Indiana big band, and teaches at the School of American Music. Jackson can often be found performing with one of the bands in Ed Bagatini Musical Groups, a St. Joseph-based collection of ensembles that perform around the area.

For the SAM concert, Duo Jazz will perform selections from the great American Jazz Songbook, including music by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Sonny Rollins and others. Orbovich will perform his own arrangement of “Recitativo alla Fantasia,” “Chaconne” by J.S. Bach, “Caprice in G Major” by Henri Vieuxtemps, and” Sonata for Violin” by Antonio Vivaldi.

Dino Jackson on French horn

“Nic Orbovich is not only the consummate concert violinist, he also is one of the best music educators I know,” said Donna M. Mitchell, Executive Director of the School of American Music. “His talent, combined with the originality of Duo Jazz, will leave audiences feeling enriched by the complex tapestry of music we’re presenting.”

In addition to his roles as a classical violinist with the South Bend Symphony, the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, and many others, Orbovich and his wife Sunny are the co-founders of the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival (MCCMF). He is a prolific performer, appearing in more than 20 concerts annually.

“From Classical to Jazz,” is a free concert, but donations are appreciated, and reservations are requested. For more information, to make a donation, and to reserve a spot, please go online to the events page of the or call SAM at 269/409-1191.

The SAM Family Concert Series is made possible by a grant from the Pokagon Fund, and donations to the School of American Music. Please join SAM in celebrating Art Attack, April 29–May 1 in Three Oaks, Michigan. Harbor Country’s kick-off to the warm-weather season, Art Attack showcases Michiana’s cultural life with music, visual arts and other special events.

Visit the School of American Music online for more information or to make a donation to the Future Fund, an endowment campaign to guarantee SAM’s financial future. Every dollar donated to the Fund is matched by the Michiana Arts Foundation. SAM is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible. Donations can be made on SAM’s website.

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