May 31: “Friends Making Music For Friends” The GSMF is a celebration of friendship and community as much as it is a celebration of music. Local musicians Claude Cymerman (piano), Eric Edberg (cello), Ben Hogan (percussion, mandolin, and voice), Cathie Malach (keyboard and vocals), and Tad Robinson (vocals) come together in a variety of combinations with music ranging from Gershwin to improvisations to some surprise songs!
June 7: “New Friends, Part 1” This concert features GSMF debuts by DePauw faculty members soprano Mary Martin (accompanied by pianist Allan Armstrong) and pianist Maria Lyapkova (joined by Eric Edberg), with music from Schumann to Strauss to Debussy to musical theater.
June 14: “New Friends, Part 2” Virtuoso multi-genre acoustic and electric violinist Teagan Faran, DePauw’s innovative new violin professor, presents a wide array of music, joined in parts of the program by cellist Eric Edberg and percussionist Ben Hogan.
June 21: “Music and Dance of Northern India” with Anindita Sen (dance choreographer), Kathak Dancers, Amudhan Venkateswaran (tabla), and longtime GSMF friend, George Wolfe (tanpura and saxophone).
June 28: “One Piano, Four Hands: New Friends, Part 3” Pianist Anthony Weinstein performs Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and is then joined by his wife Tatiana Lokhina for Anton Rubenstein’s Sonata for “four hands.” This is their first GSMF performance.
July 5: “Celebrating America with Florence Price” Pianist Claude Cymerman celebrates America, the day after Independence Day, with a program showcasing the music of Florence Price, the great Black American 20th-century composer whose Romantic-style works have recently been rediscovered and are increasingly popular in the world of classical music.
July 12: “New Friends, Part 4” Innovative flutist Leo Sussman, DePauw’s new flute professor, makes his GSMF debut, sharing a program with returning friends Toco Rio, specialists in traditional Brazilian choro music.
July 19: “Cathie Malach and Friends” Greencastle’s beloved composer, pianist and accompanist artist curates another amazing program of original music and covers, bringing together a musician community including Eric Edberg, Ben Hogan, Steve Snyder, and Tad Robinson.
July 26: “Back to Bach” Celebrate founder Eric Edberg’s 65th birthday as he joins the extraordinary concert pianist May Phang in an evening of music by J. S. Bach.
August 2 “Percussion Group DePauw,” led by Greencastle’s own Ming-Hui Kuo, returns for another evening the amazing sound world created by their jungle of percussion instruments.
August 9: “Joe Peters and Michael Kelsey” Long-time friends singer-songwriter Joe Peters and the creative multi-genre guitarist, who both performed on the GSMF in its early days, bring their unique musical chemistry in their first GSMF duo performance.
August 17: “Tad Robinson Band” As s now a tradition, the GSMF concludes it’s 19th season with the our very own, the internationally celebrated Blues singer Tad Robinson and his band.
June 1: Celebrating "Friends Making Music with Friends" with pianist Claude Cymerman, percussionist Ming-Hui Kuo, singer/songwriter Bobbie Lancaster, pianist/composer Cathie Malach, and jazz keyboardist Steve Snyder.
June 8: Singer/songwriter/poet/storyteller Joel Elliott with his unique fusion of African and American folk traditions
June 15: Percussion Group DePauw
June 22: Duo Cantabile (cellist Simona Barbu and pianist Nariaki Sugiura)
June 29: The Vivaldi Project, an early-music string strio including former Greencastle resident Allison Edberg Nyquist
July 6: Violinist Zachary DePue (former ISO concertmaster) and violist Michael Isaac Strauss
July 13: Local Artists "Variety Show"
July 20: An Evening of Jazz with Steve Snyder and Friends
July 27: Pianist May Phang plays virtuoso favorites, followed by Isralei pianist Galit Gertsenzon and saxophonist George Wolfe
August 3: Paris-based pianist and GSMF favorite John Kamfonas
August 10: An Evening with Cathie Malach
August 17: Tad Robinson and His Band
June 2: “Together Again!” with Claude Cymerman (piano), Eric Edberg (cello), Joe Heithaus (poet), Bobbie Lancaster (vocals), Cathie Malach (piano), Tad Robinson (vocals), and Steve Snyder (jazz organ)
June 9: “From Vienna to Buenos Aires”: Beethoven and tangos, performed by Randy Salman (clarinet) with Claude Cymerman (piano) and Eric Edberg (cello)
June 16: Beethoven and Brahms with the Abel Family Quartet and Friends
June 23: Virtuoso pianist May Phang
June 30: “Notes from the Griot” with DePauw alum Joshua Thompson (including a guest vocalist and dancer)
July 7: Singer/songwriter Bobbie Lancaster and Friends
July 14: Contemporary Christian/Gospel singer and pianist Jason Powell
July 21: Pianist Taka Kigawa
July 28: Toco Rio, with Greencastle’s own Ben Hogan, performs traditional Brazilian choro music
August 4: Percussion Group DePauw
August 11: Pianist/composer Cathie Malach and Friends
August 18: Tad Robinson and his band
Friends Making Music For Friends — 15th Anniversary Opening Concert
The GSMF kicks of season 15 with a concert that celebrates our mission "to bring the community together with friends making music for friends" and previews the coming season. Founding artistic director Eric Edberg is joined by two of his former students, Peter Kim and Peter Lockman, for cello trios; pianist/composer Cathie Malach performs an improvisation; pianist Claude Cymerman plays his new arrangement of Gershwin's "Concerto in F"; Steve Snyder performs jazz; and Blues great Tad Robinson brings the concert to a close, joined by pianist Kevin Anker.
Musical Mosaic: Claude Cymerman & Eric Edberg
Pianist Claude Cymerman and cellist Eric Edberg perform a wide variety of original song transcriptions and short pieces from the classical and popular traditions.
An Evening of Jazz w/ Steve Snyder & Sandy Williams
Snyder is a pianist/organist who maintains an active playing schedule locally, nationally, & internationally. The Austin Chronical has called his work "superb". Seemagazine.com says. "incredible solos... particularly from the not-so-surprisingly sensational Steven Snyder."
Cathie Malach & Friends
Pianist & Composer Cathie Malach is known for her emotionally dynamic and revelatory compositions; evocative, memorable melodies, and sensational keyboard work that is lush, sparse, percussive, and exuberant. Echoing influences of Liz Story, Keith Jarrett, Bruce Hornsby, and Ludivicio Einuadi.
Norwegian guitarist Espen Jensen and violist Donna Lively Clark offer a rich and varied repertoire they have developed for this delightful combination. Both musicians are known for their interpretation of twentieth-century music and their performances of Latin American music.
The Vivaldi Project
The Vivaldi Project continues its celebration of the Classical string trio, bringing to life a significant, untold part of chamber music history. Founded in 2009, ensemble members Elizabeth Fields (violin), Stephanie Vial (cello), and Allison Edberg Nyquist (violin & viola), will present a program drawing from works their CD "Discovering the Classical String Trio", as well as other new gems.
Young Virtuosos: Ethan Murphy & Braden McConnell
GSMF welcomes first-time guest artists to our festival. Cellists Ethan Murphy and Braden McConnell are students at the Indiana University String Academy. Witness the future of classical string music during this exciting concert by two rising stars!
Classically trained international soloists Kornel Wolak (clarinet) and Michael Bridge (accordion) use virtuosity, comedy, and musical sensitivity to bring their custom repertoire to life. Playing classical, jazz, and folk, Bridge+Wolak have taken their show across the world. We are excited they are bringing it to Greencastle this summer!
Percussion Group DePauw
Percussion Group DePauw formed when Ming-Hui Kuo and Ben Hogan joined the GSMF concert series during the summer of 2017... and they've played every year since! Percussion Group DePauw performs various styles of music from classical and electronic music to modern jazz-influenced compositions; from solo pieces to ensemble works.
Gospel Artist Jason Powell
Experience an uplifting evening of high-energy music with contemporary gospel artist Jason Powell. Powell is a minister, musician, singer, songwriter, recording artist, spiritual teacher, and author. Powell's latest single "I Know God Cares" can be streamed on iTunes Music and Spotify.
Brahms & Friends: Claude Cymerman, Nicole Brockmann, Eric Edberg, and Tarn Travers
Violinist Tarn Travers and violist Nicole Brockmann, DePauw music faculty members, are joined by their retired colleagues pianist Claude Cymerman and cellist Eric Edberg for an evening featuring the Brahms Quartet in A Major for Piano and Strings as well as music by Brahms's friends, including Robert and Clara Schumann.
Indiana Wind Symphony
Founded and directed by Dr. Charles P. Conrad, the Indianapolis Wind Symphony was established in 1997 and has become the region's premier wind symphony. In addition, the Indianapolis Wind Symphony holds the distinction as the resident ensemble at The Palladium. We hope you will join us as we welcome these first-time guests to our GSMF series.
Tad Robinson closes out our 15th Anniversary Season with a blues experience like no other! Since 2005, Tad Robinson has been nominated eight times for the Blues Music Awards, most recently for Soul Blues Album of the Year. Downbeat Magazine describes Robinson as placing "near the top of the list of finest living singers of soul blues."