The Crystal Valley Concert Series welcomes musicians from around the world to the beautiful heart of the Midwest to share the gift of classical music with friends and neighbors in Middlebury, Indiana, and the greater Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan region beyond.
Hosted by the First United Church of Middlebury, this rich offering of virtuoso, classical performances features an imaginatively curated collection of performers of instrumental and choral music. The season runs from September through June, with a unique soloist or ensemble scheduled to perform twice monthly.
Crystal Valley’s professional chamber music performances invite new audiences to connect with artists and compositions from various genres and styles. Recitals reflecting the best of human creativity and expression across time create opportunities for listeners to engage with the experience and expression of others; in this way, series programming provides a concrete way to open paths toward enrichment and understanding by offering greater access to the performing arts. Crystal Valley’s Indiana home plays a significant role in realizing this mission.
While the young concert series counts performers of international acclaim among those who have appeared on past and future programs, Crystal Valley is equally proud to showcase the talent of professional musicians living and working close to home. Ketevan Kartvelishvili, an award-winning pianist, will take the stage in Middlebury in November. Violinist Brendan Shea, a senior lecturer of music IUSB, along with his wife, pianist Yerin Kim, teaching professor at the University of Notre Dame, will perform as the Shea-Kim Duo in a separate concert later that same month, as well.
Artistic & Executive Director
Dr. Anthony Beer
Serving the series as both artistic director and executive director, Anthony Beer brings 30 years as a concert performer and collaborative artist to his work developing each season. His own roots in the area run deep: Mr. Beer began his professional training as an undergraduate at Goshen College before moving on to IUSB before the Eastman School of Music. His creative direction on behalf of Crystal Valley is a labor of love for the region.