THE 2023 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Free, family-friendly and accessible chamber Music concerts
The RRAC Summer Concert Series aims to find connections between the visual and musical arts and to make classical music more accessible to all members of the Buchanan area community. Performances are presented in a casual setting, allowing interaction between the musicians and audience. Musicians share the history and stories behind the works presented, and they create a deeper connection between the audience and music. These concerts are family and kid-friendly, accessible, and free to the public.
BAYBERRY STRING QUARTETSUNDAY, JUNE 25 @ 2 pm
The Bayberry String Quartet combines performing and education to encourage people from all walks of life to enjoy and play music together. The name of the group comes from a neighborhood in New York, where first violinist Nurit Pacht lives, and it exemplifies its spirit of teamwork and cooperation. BSQ embodies this spirit, believing that playing together, rather than alone, is its greatest source of inspiration. Through their individual and collaborative work, the four musicians have impacted the lives of thousands of musicians.
The members live in three different states and rely on rehearsing virtually with a Digital Audio Workstation. They codified their virtual chamber music approach in a program called PhoenixPhest Virtual, and have worked with student, professional, and amateur groups across North America.
OBOE VIOLIN DUOSUNDAY, JULY 23 @ 2 pm
Oboist and English Hornist Abigail Pitts is a passionate performer, educator, and arts administrator. Abigail is the current Institutional Giving Associate with The Cleveland Orchestra. Her performance experience includes playing substitute English horn with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, substitute principal oboe with the Evansville Philharmonic and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, as well as second oboe with Danville Symphony Orchestra and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. Abigail holds a Performers Diploma and Master of Music degree in Oboe Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
American violinist Daniel Fields currently performs as a substitute musician with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Past engagements include performing as Concertmaster of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s Concert Orchestra, as well as Principal Second Violin of the Philharmonia. Daniel is a proud alumnus of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he earned his Master of Music. He also attended the University of Cincinnati where he earned his Bachelor of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music, and a Minor in Marketing from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.
LAKESIDE PIANO TRIOSUNDAY, AUG 27 @ 2 pm
An outspoken proponent of experimental sounds and expression, violinist Charlotte Munn-Wood is an improviser, chamber musician, and sought-after educator in New York City and beyond. Her music and visual art explores the textures and timbres of the natural world and of inner psychological environments. Munn-Wood is a graduate of the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Dr. Curtis Macomber, and of Western Michigan University as a student of Renata Knific. Away from the violin, she is an avid runner, rock climber, and prolific fiber artist.
Emily Munn-Wood is a cellist and teacher based in Chicago. She holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and DePaul University, where her principal teachers were Astrid Schween and Stephen Balderston. Emily is a cellist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She is also a committed teacher of the cello and maintains studios with four Chicago-area music schools, as well as a private studio. In addition to the cello, Emily is passionate about public service and volunteerism. She is a proud alum of AmeriCorps and currently volunteers with RefugeeOne in Chicago.
Pianist Geena Kam is the founder and artistic director of the Roti Roti Art Center Summer Concert Series. She has concertized throughout the Midwest, Asia, and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, and her piano students have won regional and international competitions. A passionate educator, Geena has created and directed venues for young pianists and has presented workshops and masterclasses for area music teachers. Geena is a member of the piano faculty at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, and director of the Chamber Music Academy of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association. She received her D.M.A degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa.
Your gift does make difference! As a small non-profit concert series, we are proud to provide free public concerts for the community. You can choose from several different levels of sponsorship. The donations are used for concert series expenses including stipends for performers, piano rental, promotional costs, and any other expenses. Click HERE to support our 2023 concert series!
Dr. Geena Kam, Founder & Artistic Director / email@example.com