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The School of American Music (SAM) will present “Return of the Fiddlers Two,” featuring well-known violinists Zofia Glashauser and Nicolas Orbavich, at a free concert on Monday, April 6, 7pm EDT, at the Converge Community Church in New Buffalo. The concert, part of SAM’s Free Family Concert Series, will feature an evening of duos by classical French and Hungarian composers.

Glashauser has been concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. She is currently a violinist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and has performed for many years with MCCMF. A much-sought-after performer, Glashauser’s style displays “fiery passion and crystalline technique.”

Orbovich, co-founder and artistic director of the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, is a Grammy-nominated and Gramophone magazine award-winner. He has been concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony orchestra, and was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary, The Sound of Dreams. A prolific performer, he is known not only for his classical repertoire, but also for his adventurous exploration of “pop” music. He has also been on the faculties of several universities.

Although the concert is free, tickets are recommended. Tickets are available at SAM’s website, schoolofamericanmusic.com, under the “Tickets and Merchandise” tab.

The performance in New Buffalo is the result of a collaboration between SAM and MCCMF, which is best-known for its week-long summer chamber music series.

“Our collaboration with the School of American Music has brought our programs and musicians to enthusiastic audiences,” says Orbovich. Garth Taylor, SAM president, adds, “The response to these concerts has been outstanding.”

Converge Community Church is located at 601 West Buffalo Street, New Buffalo.

SAM has scheduled an additional MCCMF collaborative program for May. Its Free Family Concerts are paid for by a grant from the Pokagon Fund. Now in its eighth year, SAM offers private, one-on-one lessons in musical instruments and voice at its studios in Three Oaks, Mich. It also operates outreach programs at local schools and sponsors the Harbor Country Singers, a community chorus.

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