2018 Homegrown Concert

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Three of northern Wisconsin’s most accomplished classical musicians will perform the premier concert in RCS’s new Home-Grown Concert Series at 4 pm on February 11 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake. Opening with the traditional American lullaby, All The Pretty Horses, and a traditional poem-song from Finland, Runo-Laulu/Veggevise, the pace picks up with Oblivion, one of composer Astor Piazzolla’s most famous tangos. The centerpiece of the concert will be Ludwig van Beethoven’s Trio for Piano No. 7, Violin and Violoncello, Op. 97 in B flat major, known as the Archduke Trio. Composed in 1811, the trio was dedicated to Archduke Rudolf of Austria, Beethoven’s friend, patron, and composition student. The last of Beethoven’s trios, it is widely considered to be his finest and most beautiful.

Sam Black, Piano
Sam began reading books and playing the piano at a very young age and has never stopped. For 50+ years he has served a variety of church denominations as organist, choir director, pianist, and vocalist. He currently resides in Duluth, MN, working as organist/choral director and custodial engineer for the Duluth Congregational Church and handbell director for the Knife River Lutheran Church. Sam performs as pianist wherever he can, including the Duluth Playhouse, and now with a Chamber Society in the Rice Lake community. He is always available as pianist, piano tuner, and musician-at- large.

Robin Fossum, Violin
Robin began violin studies at age nine with Edward Gradman of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and at 14 began studies with Morris Gomberg at Roosevelt University and Arthur Tabachnick at Interlochen. A professional musician at age 18, Robin toured with many groups through the U.S. before starting her family. Following a business career, Robin is again performing with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Chippewa Valley Symphony, and Red Cedar Symphony, along with playing the Hardanger fiddle and diatonic button box.

Peter Neal, Cello
Peter Neal had his first cello lesson at age 5 from his grandfather, a cellist and conductor. He’s been playing with the RCS for 15 years, and also enjoys playing chamber music with other symphony members. A recently retired surgeon, Peter and his wife Melissa also enjoy listening to music and traveling.