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SAM will present “Viola Virtuosity!” featuring renowned violist and composer Rudolf Haken and violist/violinist Kunito Nishitani at a free concert on Saturday, January 25, 7pm EST, at the Converge Community Church in New Buffalo. The concert, part of SAM’s Free Family Concert Series, will feature pieces by classical composers as well as a viola/violin composition by Haken.

Haken is Professor of Viola at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A virtuoso violist, he has performed in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Haken’s compositions often combine classical and popular themes. Nishitani has taught at universities and music schools in the U.S. and Japan. He founded and is music director of the Shakuji International Orchestra and the Kunito International  Youth Orchestra, both in Tokyo.

Free tickets to the concert are available on this website. Click on the Tickets and Merchandise tab to order tickets.

The New Buffalo performance is the result of a collaboration between SAM and the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival (MCCMF), which is best-known for its acclaimed week-long summer chamber music series. “Our collaboration with the School of American Music brings our programs and musicians to a fresh audience,” says Nic Orbovich, MCCMF artistic director and co-founder of the festival, now in its 19th year. “We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with SAM.” Garth Taylor, SAM president, adds, “We’re delighted to be working with Nic and MCCMF. The quality of its programs and performances are topnotch, and we’re proud to bring them to Harbor Country.”

Converge Community Church is located at 601 West Buffalo Street, New Buffalo. SAM has scheduled additional MCCMF collaborative programs for February, April and May. Its Free Family Concerts are paid for by a grant from the Pokagon Fund.

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