Fall Concert Series

Every year, Ruthmere features four classical music concerts, two in October and two in November, that make up our Fall Concert Series. These concerts, each performed by acclaimed musicians, help Ruthmere to reach its mission in supporting fine art and culture to Elkhart. The performers typically change on a yearly basis, with the first concert always featuring the winner of the yearly Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize. Join us for an unparalleled series of musical talent.

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2022 Fall Concert Series

October 13th - Beardsley Piano Prize Winner, Chi Hoi "Jimmy" Cheung

Sponsor - James Rieckhoff

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The first concert in the Fall Concert Series is always reserved for the winner of the Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Competition. This year's competition winner is Chi Hoi "Jimmy" CheungChi Hoi Jimmy Cheung is an emerging artist with a versatile career as a performer and educator. An accomplished pianist, he is a laureate in numerous national and international competitions, including the Ohio MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition, Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition, and the Birmingham International Piano Competition in England. He has performed in major venues including Steinway Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Austrian Cultural Forum. Cheung is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), who is also pursuing an Artist Diploma. His teachers include Ran Dank and James Tocco. Equally dedicated to teaching, Cheung is a Graduate Teaching Assistant in piano and a faculty member of CCM Prep. He also serves as the Coordinator of the OhioMTA Junior and Senior Competitions. Upcoming projects include recordings of the complete instrumental duets with piano by Frederic Chopin, and recitals at Indiana State University.

October 27th - Ariadne Antipa

Sponsor - Marie Smith

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Pianist Ariadne Antipa enjoys a balance of solo performing, collaboration, and pedagogy. Originally from the foothills of Northern California, performances and competitions took her around the West Coast from an early age. She received first place in numerous competitions, including the Auburn Symphony Young Artists Competition, the Ann Krusche Piano Competition, and the Rochester International School of Music & Arts music competition. She won her first concerto competition in 2008 and since then has appeared as a soloist with the Central Valley Youth Symphony as well as the Sacramento State Symphony. Ariadne has studied and performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including at the Gijon International Music Festival, the Schlern International Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Professor Rebecca Penneys and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Michigan where she studied with Professor Logan Skelton.

November 10th - Jeff Barnhart & Bob Milne

Sponsor - Ruthmere Concert Fund

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Jeff Barnhart is an internationally renowned pianist, vocalist, arranger, bandleader, recording artist, ASCAP composer, educator and entertainer. Jeff began his professional career at age 14 playing and entertaining four nights a week in a restaurant in his home state of Connecticut. Here he began to learn the classic swing, jazz and ragtime repertoire of the early 20th century. The 21st century has found Jeff constantly appearing as a soloist and band pianist at parties, festivals, clubs and cruises throughout the world.  In addition, he has lead two bands in the UK: the Fryer-Barnhart International Jazz Band, and Jeff Barnhart’s British Band. In 2006, Jeff joined the roster of artists featured on the Arbors Records label, the most recent featuring jazz legends Bob Wilber and Bucky Pizzarelli. Jeff has recorded as both pianist and vocalist on over 120 full-length albums.  In addition to his active performance and recording schedule, Jeff is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator.  His double BA’s in Music and English, combined with his MA in Education, make Jeff a formidable and entertaining force in clinic, masterclass and inspirational speaking forums.

Bob Milne is considered to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world. He was filmed and documented for future generations in 2004 during three days of interviews at the Library of Congress, and was declared a National Treasure at the conclusion. A French horn player in High School, he went to the prestigious Eastman School of Music at the age of 17, and then became assistant First Horn in the Rochester Philharmonic at age 19. Playing in concert halls now since 1991, Mr. Milne plays worldwide every year. He teaches music history at various universities around the country, and is also the founder and director of the Frankenmuth Ragtime Festival in Michigan. Mr. Milne is also the founder of the Michigan Music Retreat, a four-day event held in his hometown every September during which he teaches music and music history to students of all ages. "You can't educate a piano," he says, "but you can educate yourself to know everything about it."

November 25th - Nicholas Roth

Sponsor - Terry Trimmer

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Nicholas Roth began formal studies at age twelve, receiving critical acclaim for his appearances by the age of eighteen. He appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard, among many others. Roth is a featured performer and teacher throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has taught masterclasses at Indiana University, SoundSCAPE Festival in Italy, Isidor Bajić School of Music in Serbia, Conservatorio Superior Nacional de Musica in Quito, Ecuador, International Beethoven Festival in Chicago, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Chicago and many other schools in the USA. Roth was honored by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana for his "contribution to the performing arts, his accomplishments as a concert pianist, and his inspiration to young musicians."

Roth is Professor of Piano at Drake University. Previous appointments include University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and Alma College. He has recorded for the Blue Griffin, Naxos, MSR Classics & Innova recording labels.

Fall Concert Sponsors

Legacy Sponsor
The Late Robert B. Beardsley

Presenting Sponsor
Ray and Mary Pat Mathis

Concert Sponsors
James Rieckhoff
Marie Smith
Terry Trimmer

Season Sponsors
Robert & Gail Martin

Patricia Morison
Dale & Shelly Seely

Jon Smoker
Phyllis & Gordon Hostetler
Dena Phillips
Janet Evanega

Brenda and Michael Tudor



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