The American music school combines classical and jazz for a concert

NEW BUFFALO — The School of American Music presents “Classical to Jazz” at 3 p.m. April 24 at Converge Community Church, 601 W. Buffalo St.

The concert features Nic Orbovich on fiddle, Ron Spears on electric guitar and Dino Jackson on French horn. Spears and Jackson perform together as Duo Jazz.

In addition to his roles as a classical violinist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Hot Springs Festival Orchestra and many others, Orbovich and his wife, Sunny, are co-founders of the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival.

Spears plays guitar for Down by the Docks, a Northwestern Indiana big band, and teaches at the School of American Music. Jackson can often be found playing with one of the bands from the Ed Bagatini Musical Groups, a St. Joseph-based collection of ensembles that perform in the area.

The concert program includes selections from Duo Jazz performed by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Sonny Rollins and others.

Orbovich will perform his own arrangement of JS Bach’s Recitativo alla Fantasia et Chaconne, Henri Vieuxtemps’s Caprice in G Major and Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Sonata.

Tickets are free but must be reserved.

For more information call 269-409-1191 or visit

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