Rieth Chamber Series

A Cornerstone of Classical Chamber Music at the Goshen College Music Center

Now in its fourth season, the Rieth Chamber Series has established a reputation of providing captivating classical music in Michiana. The 2016-17 series will again include a riveting performance by the Fischoff National Champion string quartet, the magnificence of the Taylor and Boody “Opus 41” organ and distinguished musicians sharing repertoire from the Baroque to the present – all chosen with this series and you in mind!

Christopher Taylor, solo piano

Where: Sauder Concert Hall

Price: $10

Fri, Sep 30th @ 7:30 pm — Sauder Concert Hall

Hailed by critics as “frighteningly talented” (New York Times) and “a great pianist” (Los Angeles Times), Christopher Taylor has distinguished himself as an innovative musician with a diverse array of talents and interests. A prizewinner in the Van Cliburn and William Kapell competitions, Mr. Taylor has concertized around the globe, collaborating with all the major symphonies and artists. Mr. Taylor brings to his performances an active imagination and intellect coupled with heartfelt intensity and grace, and his concert is not to be missed!

(This concert is held in partnership with the 2016 Indiana Music Teacher’s Association State Conference at Goshen College.)

Ulysses Quartet

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $15

Sun, Oct 09th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

2016 String Division Gold Medalists and Grand Prize Winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Ulysses Quartet has concertized with the Halcyon, Listen Closely and Massivemuse Series since forming in 2015. Hailing from Prince Edward Island, California, Pennsylvania, and Taiwan, the Ulysses members have performed in prestigious halls such as Esterházy Palace, Carnegie Hall, and the Taiwan National Concert Hall and hold principal positions with groups such as the Cape Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Shattered Glass, International Chamber Players, and Broadway Orchestras.

Les Délices

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $15

Sun, Nov 06th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Les Délices explores the dramatic potential and emotional resonance of long-forgotten music, with its diverse members representing the finest Baroque ensembles. The New York Times stated, “Concerts and recordings by Les Délices are journeys of discovery,” and the group’s debut CD was named one of the “Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009” (NPR’s “Harmonia”). Their concert, Caractères de la danse, will feature music for dancing—the heart of French baroque style.

Deborah Lifton, soprano & Charis Dimaras, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $10

Sun, Jan 22nd @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Endowed with a rich, warm and expressively direct lyric coloratura voice, Deborah Lifton is emerging as one of today’s most compelling performers of contemporary American opera and song. Winner of the Joy in Singing Competition, Ms. Lifton’s work has been honored by the National Federation of Music Clubs, the David Adams Art Song Competition and the Hellenic Foundation. Ms. Lifton has performed at the Avignon Opera (France), Szeged National Theater (Hungary), and at Merkin Hall (New York).

Greek pianist and conductor Charis Dimaras is noted for his diverse musicality, appearing as recital soloist, collaborator, and concerto soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, China, Canada, and the U.S. His awards include top prizes in the Conferenza Musicale Mediterranea, Palma d’Oro International Chamber Music Competition, BBC Young Musician of the Year 1990 Competition, and the Artists International Distinguished Artists Award.

Aaron Sunstein, organist

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $10

Sun, Feb 26th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Organist and music theorist Aaron Sunstein performs at home and abroad, with a diverse range of research and performance interests. In November of 2015, he premiered Gunther Schuller’s Symphony for Solo Organ (1986) at the Church of the Advent in Boston. Aaron performs regularly both in the U.S. and Sweden and has been a prize winner in several national organ competitions. Aaron is a candidate for the Doctor of Music in organ performance at Indiana University, while studying Music Theory as a Ph.D student and instructor.

Zach Klobnak, organist

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $10

Sun, Apr 23rd @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Zach Klobnak is College Organist and Instructor of Organ, Harpsichord, and Piano at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Currently Director of Music and Organist at the Presbyterian Church of Danville, Zach directs choirs, administers the “Music on Main Street” concert series, and plays the church’s Taylor & Boody pipe organ. An active recitalist, Zach studied French organ literature and design in Paris and in the Alps region of France. He is currently a doctoral candidate in organ performance at the University of Illinois.

Njål Sparbo, baritone & Amy Kauffman, violin

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $10

Fri, May 19th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Norwegian bass-baritone Njål Sparbo is one of Norway’s most active and versatile singers, with an exceptionally broad repertoire of song, oratorio and opera. He has been awarded the Kirsten Flagstad Prize, the Ingrid Bjoner Prize, and the Grieg Prize for his contribution to renew the musical interpretation tradition of Grieg’s songs by bringing forth the dramatic essence.

Currently a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, violinist Amy Kauffman grew up in Topeka (IN), and studied violin and piano in the Goshen College Preparatory Department. Winner of numerous prizes, Amy graduated from Indiana University and The Juilliard School, where she worked as teaching assistant to Ronald Copes.

Sparbo and Kauffman will be joined by pianists Luke and Mary Rose Norell and other guests to feature magnificent vocal and chamber works by Edvard Grieg and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

(This concert is held in partnership with the 2017 Edvard Grieg Society of the Great Lakes Conference at Goshen College.

BONUS CONCERT: Michael Harley, bassoon & Phillip Bush, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall


Sun, Mar 19th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Called “spectacular” (Washington Post) and “exquisite” (Columbus Dispatch), Goshen native Michael Harley enjoys a diverse career as a teacher, performer, and music advocate. Mike has played in diverse venues on five continents, ranging from nightclubs to Carnegie Hall, the Barbican (London), and the Hermitage Theatre (St. Petersburg). A proud Goshen College graduate (‘94), and former faculty member, Mike returns home to perform with pianist Phillip Bush in this special bonus concert and dessert reception for season ticket holders.

Pianist Phillip Bush has appeared as recitalist throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 2001 with the London Sinfonietta to critical acclaim, replacing an ailing Peter Serkin on short notice in concerti by Stravinsky and Alexander Goehr. His discography includes 40 recordings on Sony, Virgin Records and other labels.

This concert is for 2016-17 Rieth Chamber Series season ticket holders only. For more information about how to become a series ticket holder, please visit the Rieth Chamber Series page.

Series Tickets

Our vision is to bring premier performers to our community at affordable prices. Whether you are new to our series or you have been a subscriber in the past, we appreciate your support.

Without a strong subscriber base, we could not offer such an incredible series, or promote the arts among young people by offering free tickets to Goshen College and Community School of the Arts students. Your sponsorship sustains the series and the music – a gift to our community.

Our series of 7 outstanding concerts is available for a subscription of $135, which includes a $50 tax-deductible donation. Additionally, as our thanks for your support, you are invited to a subscribers only special dessert concert with Goshen native and GC alumnus Michael Harley. Eight exceptional concerts and the opportunity to support the arts all in one package – the Rieth Chamber Series!

To reserve your chamber series subscription for the coming year, please download the series order form (.pdf) and return with your $135 payment.  Order forms can be mailed to:

Goshen College Welcome Center
1700 S Main St
Goshen, IN 46526

Telephone orders or questions may be directed to the Welcome Center by calling (574) 535-7566.