SAMS to present “French Connection”

From left, Richard Belcher, Peter McGuire and Bethel Balge will perform a program called “French Connection” at the Chapel of the Christ on the Martin Luther College campus on Sunday at 3 p.m.

NEW ULM – The Summit Avenue Music Series (SAMS) presents for the second concert of its 2019-2020 season a program entitled “French Connection.”

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in the Chapel of the Christ on the Martin Luther College campus. On Saturday, January 18, at 10 am, there is a free presentation by the musicians in the Chapel of the Christ.

This richly textured array of French Romantic colors will feature the refined and lush harmonies of influential French composers Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy, as well as works from two pioneering women in the world of musical composition, Lili Boulanger and Cécile Chaminade.

This performance will welcome the return of Peter McGuire on violin, Richard Belcher on cello, and SAMS artistic director Bethel Balge on piano.

McGuire is a frequent chamber musician and soloist. He has been featured with the Minnesota Orchestra for the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and has performed with ensembles throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. He is also the current principal second violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis.

New Zealand cellist Richard Belcher has performed as a chamber musician and soloist across the United States and internationally. He is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet, based in New York City.

Bethel Balge, artistic director and founder of the Summit Avenue Music Series, is a multiple award-winning pianist who collaborates frequently with other musicians and has performed as soloist and in recital in Germany, Russia, and the U.S.

Tickets are available in advance through SummitAvenueMusic.com or at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce (1 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm). Individual tickets are $15 (general) and $5 (students with ID). Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert. For artist bios and further information, please visit our website.

The Summit Avenue Music Series is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and from the New Ulm Area Foundation.