Rieth Chamber Series

A cornerstone of classical chamber music at the Goshen College Music Center

As we begin our sixth season, the Rieth Chamber Series continues to build a reputation of providing captivating classical music in Michiana. The 2018-19 series will include a riveting performance by the Fischoff Gold Medal Wind ensemble the Donald Sinta Quartet, the magnificence of the Taylor and Boody “Opus 41” organ, a collaboration with the Goshen College Music Department Faculty, and distinguished musicians sharing repertoire from the Baroque to the present — all chosen with this series and you in mind!

Donald Sinta Quartet

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Fri, Sep 28th @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

The Donald Sinta Quartet, Gold Medal winners at the Fischoff Competition, has earned praise from audiences and critics alike for its virtuosic performances, compelling recordings and distinctive repertoire. Hailed as “…a tight-knit ensemble exploding with power and virtuosity and an un- concealable ambition to connect with its newly found listeners” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), the DSQ performs entirely from memory, which strengthens an already palpable connection with its audiences.

Named for its mentor, legendary University of Michigan Saxophone Professor Donald Sinta, the quartet’s competition successes include, 1st prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, 1st Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, the Grand Prize and 1st Place of the Coleman Chamber Competition, and 1st Prize in the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.

Euclid Quartet

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Oct 28th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the EUCLID QUARTET is comprised of members from four continents: violinists Jameson Cooper (Great Britain) and Brendan Shea (United States), violist Luis Enrique Vargas (Venezuela), and cellist Jacqueline Choi (South Korea).

Formed in Ohio in 1998, The ensemble was awarded the String Quartet Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and was invited to study with the Emerson String Quartet at the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop.

The Euclid Quartet won numerous international awards including the Osaka, Hugo Kauder, Carmel and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competitions. In 2009, the Euclid Quartet was awarded the esteemed “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2007, the Euclid Quartet was appointed to the prestigious string quartet residency at Indiana University South Bend.

Craig Cramer, organ

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Jan 20th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Craig Cramer is Professor of Organ and artist in residence at the University of Notre Dame. One of the most traveled organists of his generation, Cramer maintains an active recital career across the United States, Canada and in Europe, on some of the most important historic organs in the world. This fall he will be performing in China for the first time.

Cramer was instrumental in the installation of several new organs by Paul Fritts on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Widely recognized as a pedagogue, the University of Notre Dame recently recognized Cramer with a Kaneb distinguished faculty teaching award.

Goshen College Faculty Trio

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Fri, Jan 25th @ — Rieth Recital Hall

The Goshen College Faculty Trio brings together three of GC’s instrumental faculty for an outstanding concert of chamber music on the Rieth Recital stage. A native of Ukraine, violinist Solomia Soroka is Professor of Music and teaches applied violin, music theory, and chamber music. Cellist and Associate Professor José Rocha conducts the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, teaches applied cello, and music education courses. Pianist and Professor of Music Matthew Hill is is Chair of the music department, teaches applied piano, music history, piano pedagogy, and chamber music courses.

The Trio’s program will include performances of Anton Dvorák’s “Dumky” Trio, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49.

Cathal Breslin & Sabrina Hu

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Feb 10th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Sabrina Hu, flute, and Cathal Breslin, piano, have been performing extensively together since 2001, in many cities throughout the U.S.,
Europe and Asia. Their performances have been described as “emotional engagement and expressive depth” and with “superb intensity and passion.” They have recently performed in many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the National Concert Hall in Ireland, Beijing University, the Korea Foundation in Seoul, Hong Kong UST, and they have broadcast regularly on TV and radio for BBC, RTE and RTHK.

As founding members of Trio Festivale (flute, cello, and piano), they have commissioned many new innovative works from leading composers. As Artistic Directors and Founders, they created the Walled City Music Festival in Northern Ireland, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary year in 2019, as one of the most successful European festivals.

Gail Archer, organ

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Sun, Mar 17th @ 4:00 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer who draws attention to composer anniversaries or musical themes with her annual recital series. Ms. Archer was the first American woman to play the complete works of Olivier Messiaen for the centennial of the composer’s birth in 2008; Time Out New York recognized the Messiaen cycle as “Best of 2008” of classical music and opera.

Ms. Archer is the founder of Musforum, www.musforum.org, an international network for women organists to promote and affirm their work. Ms. Archer
is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard- Columbia Chorus. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.

Njål Sparbo, baritone & Einar Røttingen, piano

Where: Rieth Recital Hall

Price: $16

Wed, Apr 03rd @ 7:30 pm — Rieth Recital Hall

Returning to Goshen for a third time, 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.

Norwegian pianist Einar Røttingen has performed extensively in major cities in Europe, USA, Japan and China, and is a regular guest at the Bergen International Festival and Edvard Grieg Museum concert series. He has been awarded the City of Bergen Cultural Prize and The Bergen International Festival’s Robert Levin Festival Prize.

Sparbo and Røttingen will be joined by other guests to feature magnificent vocal and chamber works by Edvard Grieg and other Norwegian composers.

2018-19 Series Tickets

As was the case last year, subscribers will receive a 10% discount over individually-priced tickets for the entire series! We are thankful for our past subscribers who helped build this series through their additional donations.

Our series of 7 outstanding concerts is now available for a subscription of $97. If you wish to further support this series with a donation you can do so on the subscription form. We appreciate your support. Your subscription will help to sustain the series and the gift of music to our community. Please join us!

To reserve your chamber series subscription for the coming year, please download the series order form and return with your $97 payment.  Order forms can be mailed to:

Goshen College Box Office
1700 S Main St
Goshen, IN 46526

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