Fine Arts Music Society Summer Music Festival

July 7, 2012 • Arts, Events, News

The Chicago-based Fine Arts Music Society is excited to announce its concert series for the first annual Fine Arts Music Society Summer Music Festival in Brown County that will take place from July 13-21, 2012.

Friday, July 13
“The Magic of the Violin” featuring David Yonan on violin featuring composers: Bach, Augusta Read Thomas, Piazzolla, Ysaye, Paganiniat at 7 p.m., special “Meet & Greet” at 6 p.m. with wine and hors d’oeuvres at Story Inn. Tickets $40 and may be purchased at Story Inn.

Sunday, July 15  “The Magic of the Piano” featuring Susan Merdinger, piano; Steven Greene, piano; John Urban, piano; David Yonan, violin. Featured Composers: Grieg, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Wieniawski. At 4 p.m. at Nashville United Methodist Church, 36 S. Jefferson Street in Nashville. The performance is free.

Wednesday, July 18 Young Artist Recital featured Student: Aidan Perreault, violin. Age 14 and winner of the Walgreens National Concerto competition. Featured Faculty: Saori Chiba, piano Featured Composers: Mozart, Kreisler, Mendelssohn, Paganini. At 7:30 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church on SR 45 in Bean Blossom, IN. The performance is free.

Friday, July 20  “The Magic of the Clarinet”at 7:30 pm at Nashville United Methodist Church, 36 South Jefferson Street
Featured Faculty: Cory Tiffin, Clarinet; David Yonan, violin; Christopher Ferrer, cello; Susan Merdinger, piano; Ilya Levinson, composer and pianist Featured Composers: Mozart, Brahms, Levinson, The performance is free.

Saturday, July 21 – “Festival Finale” at 7:30 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church in  Bean Blossom, IN
Featured Student: Aidan Perreault, violin Featured Faculty: David Yonan, violin; Susan Merdinger, piano; Cory Tiffin, clarinet; Christopher Ferrer, cello Featured Composers: Beethoven, Khachaturian, Mendelssohn. The performance is free.

The Fine Arts Music Society (FAMS) was founded in 2002 through the artistic vision of its founder and artistic director David Yonan. The name of the organization originates from Yonan’s long association with the Chicago landmark, the Fine Arts Building ( This historical building has long been associated with the arts and culture of an international standard. Musicians, painters, and artists of other mediums occupy the space that inspires the mission of FAMS. More information about FAMS may be found at

Berlin born violinist David Yonan is the founding member and artistic director of the Fine Arts Music Society in Chicago and began studying violin at the age of six. At ten he made his recital debut in Berlin, Moscow and St. Petersburg after winning the Berlin Youth Competition. His debut with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall was at the age of twelve. He’s studied at the Berlin Music Academy where he received his Masters of Music, Artist, Graduate and Soloist Diplomas in Music with additional post-graduate studies at Northwestern University, the Music Institute of Chicago, the Julliard School New York, and the Aspen Music Festival. The Price Waterhouse, Berlin, released his debut recording in 1995. He has since recorded numerous CDs and DVDs.
Yonan is currently Coordinator of String Studies at Columbia College Chicago and was previously on faculty at North Park University in Chicago.

Yonan performs and gives master classes around the globe. His Festival appearances included the Aspen, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Rheingau, Cervo, and Bowdoin Music Festivals. He has won 1st prizes at the International Violin Competition Kloster Schoental (1993); the International Ruggiero Ricci Competition (1995) and Hanns Eisler Competition (Berlin); the silver medal at the 1995 International Violin Competition Vina del Mar, Chile; the Brahms prize at the Carl Flesch Academy (1995); and the International Queen Sophie Charlotte Violin Competition, Germany (2005). More information about David Yonan may be found at


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