WBAA's John Clare recently spoke with Margot Marlatt, cellist and Artistic Director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society, and pianist Mary Heller about the next performance, 20th Anniversary Concert, Sunday, April 30th at 4:00pm at Purdue University's Fowler Hall in West Lafayette.
Find out more about the concert here.
The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society was founded in 1997 by two musicians, pianist and radio personality Greg Kostraba and cellist Konstantin Jakimow. The Society was designed to fill a niche for chamber music lovers and serve as a platform for musicians from Greater Lafayette to perform chamber music. A successful preview concert at Thomas Duncan Hall in January of 1997 served as a springboard for the organization. The Society was formally chartered as a 501c3 organization and a Board of Directors was elected with Mr. Kostraba serving as the first President and Artistic Director. TCMS thrived with a growing patron base and successful fundraising.
During the summer of 2005, cellist Margot Marlatt took on the role of Artistic Director. Ms. Marlatt created free educational programs called Concert To Go! A chamber ensemble goes to elementary schools in Tippecanoe County and presents music, information and demonstrations for the students at no cost to the schools. Margot also created an annual performance for High School students called High School Showcase. In an effort to highlight the talents of blossoming artists, Margot programs a "Young Artist" concert every other year. In January of 2009, Margot Marlatt was appointed Executive Director of the organization. The appointment was part of a strategic plan developed by TCMS to increase its community presence and educational outreach and provide a more sustainable administrative structure. Through an endowment campaign with the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, TCMS successfully reached a $25,000 goal adding to its endowment. The endowment helps to fund the educational programs of TCMS.