Spring Concert Series

Introducing Ruthmere's new SPRING Concert Series! Due to the popularity of our Fall Concert Series, Ruthmere's Concert Committee has developed an all-new series of concerts to keep the music flowing all year long. 

The 2022 Spring Concert series will consist of four concerts, one in April, two in May, and one in June. These concerts, each performed by acclaimed musicians, help Ruthmere to reach its mission in supporting fine art and culture in Elkhart.

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2022 Spring Concerts

April 21st - Winston Choi

Sponsor - Ruthmere Concert Fund

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Canadian pianist Winston Choi is Associate Professor of Piano and the Head of the Piano Program at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. His professional career was launched when he was named Laureate of the 2003 Honens Piano Competition and winner of France’s Concours International de Piano 20e siècle d’Orléans in 2002. As a dedicated champion of contemporary music, Choi has premiered and commissioned over 100 works by young composers as well as established masters. A prolific recording artist, Choi’s debut CD, the complete piano works of Elliott Carter (l’Empreinte Digitale in France) was given 5 stars by BBC Music Magazine. Choi obtained his Bachelor and Master of Music from Indiana University, and his DM from Northwestern University. Prior to his position at Roosevelt University, he was on the faculties of Bowling Green State University and the Oberlin Conservatory. He has been a guest professor at Indiana University, and he also currently teaches at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago as well as the New Music School in Chicago.

At the request of the performing artist, face coverings are encouraged at this concert.  

May 5th - Youmee Kim

Sponsor - Marie Smith

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An active performer, pianist Youmee Kim has appeared in over 130 recitals, concert series, festivals, conferences, and masterclasses in South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, Canada, Serbia, and across the United States. An active collaborative pianist, Dr. Kim recorded ‘Clarinet and Piano Fantasies’ with R. Rischin, where her collaborative performance was described as “Kim plays with great suavité allied to great delicacy.” and "Kim is perfectly supportive recital partner: imaginative and technically immaculate.”(FanfareMagazine). A specialist in American contemporary piano music, she has authored a book ‘An Analysis and Performance Guide to Benjamin Lees' Odyssey I and II’ and is frequently invited to premiere new pieces, recently to perform Perino’s Piano Sonata II at New York University, NY. A dedicated teacher, Dr. Kim has more than 12 years of college teaching experience. She received degrees in piano performance from Ewha Woman's University in Korea (BM), Indiana University (MM and Performer Diploma), and The Ohio State University (DMA). Prior to joining Ohio Wesleyan University Department of Music, Dr. Kim has served as piano faculty at Ohio University and Wright State University.

At the request of the performing artist, face coverings are encouraged at this concert.  

May 19th - Fischoff Soirée

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The Fischoff is the nation’s largest chamber music competition bringing together young musicians from across the country and around the world.The 49th Annual Fischoff Competition will take place on May 20-22 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.

The Ruthmere Fischoff Soirée brings this celebration of great music to Elkhart and will feature a performance by The Monterey Piano Trio from Los Angeles, California. The Trio, consisting of Connie Kim-Sheng (piano), Strauss Shi (violin) and Bennie Fried (cello), met as students at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Collectively they have received degrees from New England Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and The Glenn Gould School. Here is more about this dynamic trio:

 Monterey Trio Website

At the request of the performing artist, face coverings are encouraged at this concert.  

June 2nd - Liana Paniyeva

Sponsor - James Rieckhoff

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Award-winning pianist Liana Paniyeva has performed at international festivals in Norway, Hungary, Canada, Italy, South Africa, and Israel. She performed three times at Carnegie Hall in New York. Her solo recital in 2016 at the Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago was broadcast live on WFMT Radio. Ms. Paniyeva is the winner of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music; Grand Prize at the Metropolitan International Piano Competition; and the winner of the AFAF Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition. She graduated from the Donetsk Music Academy in Ukraine and went on to earn her Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music in 2011. Her career continues with recitals in Hungary, Israel, Ukraine, the USA, England, Syria, Canada, South Africa, and  Norway. Ms. Paniyeva finished her Artist Diploma at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Most recently, Liana played in concert halls of Scotland, South Africa, and in multiple states of the USA including Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts; Chicago Cultural Center; Epiphany Church in Downtown Washington DC; Chicago Public Library; and the Grand Country Concert Series in Colorado.

At the request of the performing artist, face coverings are required at this concert for all audience members and staff.  

Spring Concert Sponsors

Legacy Sponsor
The Late Robert B. Beardsley

Presenting Sponsor
Dorinda Miles Smith

Concert Sponsors
James Rieckhoff
Marie Smith

Season Sponsors
Janet Evanega
Gordon and Phyllis Hostetler

Patricia Morison
Dale & Shelly Seely
Jon Smoker
Cheryl Waldman



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