Chamber ConcertMay 5, 2019
The Michigan City Chamber Music Festival (MCCMF) is proud to present favorites of local audiences, Robert Auler, piano; and Nic Orbovich, violin; in concert! The performance will take place on Sunday, May 5, 3:00 p.m. at 1st Presbyterian Church in Michigan City, IN.
The recital will feature sonatas by Johannes Brahms and Claude Debussy, plus virtuosic solo works by Henri Vieuxtemps, Carter Pan, and more!
Robert Auler is a beloved musical figure in Michigan City and surrounding communities. The New York Times commends Robert Auler’s playing for its “extraordinary rhythmic clarity and expression.” American Record Guide cites his “elegant tone and uncanny sense of voicing.” The Charlotte Observer writes that Auler handles “technical and virtuosic concerns with aplomb.” Auler’s playing has also been described as “beautiful” (Fanfare), “superb,” (Ann Arbor News) “stunning” (LaPorte Herald-Argus) “first-rate” (Cincinnati News-Record), “truly electrifying” (Champaign-Urbana News- Gazette) and “a knockout.” (Syracuse Post-Standard.)
Auler has won first prize in national and international piano competitions, including the Society of American Musicians and the Stravinsky Awards. Auler has performed on six continents, including performances throughout the United States, Canada, Argentina, Venezuela, Germany, Austria, Holland, France, Denmark, the Czech Republic, China, South Africa and New Zealand. Notable venues include Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, and Shanghai Symphony Hall.
Auler has performed in notable summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Monadanock Festival, the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival, the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, Nantucket Musical Arts Society, and Festival A Tiempo Caracas (Venezuela).
He has collaborated with composers such as Steve Reich, Aaron Jay Kernis, Carter Pann, and George Tsontakis, and with world-class ensembles such as the Ying Quartet, MIRO Quartet and Sybarite5.
Auler is also the founder and executive director of Laveck Concerts, a recital series that brings world-class classical music to an underserved portion of upstate New York.
Auler records for Albany Records, performs frequently with Society for New Music, and Syracuse Symphoria, and serves as Professor of Piano at the State University of New York (Oswego). He and wife Tara have a 4-year old daughter, Katie, and a 1-year old daughter, Caroline.
Auler is the 2016 winner of SUNY Oswego’s President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity.
Nic Orbovich is a well known violinist to American audiences and a Michigan City resident. He is a co-founder (with wife Sunny) of the MCCMF and “Robbie” (as he is affectionately known!) is a charter member of the MCCMF, and both have performed annually in Michigan City since 2001.
The concert is free of charge and there will be a reception immediately following the performance.
MCCMF Artistic Director, Co-founder, and violinist