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MMC March Program

  • The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center 601 North Main Street Saint Joseph, MI 49085 (map)


Kelly is a professional harpist—teaching and performing in mid-Michigan for nearly three decades. As a child, she studied piano for eleven years and played violin in high school and college.

 She has a master’s degree in musicology from Michigan State University, where she was awarded a fellowship to do research in Ireland. The focus of her study was the legacy of harper Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738). After his death, patriots used his image as an embodiment of Irishness, constructing an Irish identity that united various classes, religions, and races to fight together for independence. There is rarely a performance where Kelly does not play some of his music—a crossover music between Irish harp music and Italian baroque.

 In addition to the harp, Kelly is also a Tai Chi Instructor and Wellness Facilitator.


Western Michigan University/Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI, U.S.A.

Duo Furioso, the husband and wife team of pianists Silvia Roederer and Leslie Tung, has performed at the Carinthian Summer Festival in Austria and at the Conservatories of Music at Beijing and Shanghai, China.

 Silvia Roederer is a Professor of Music at Western Michigan University, where she has served as chair of the keyboard area. Her extremely active career as chamber musician has taken her all over the world. As pianist of the Verdehr Trio since 1997, she has performed in Moscow, Athens, London, Vienna, Warsaw, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Puerto Rico and throughout the United States.

 Leslie Tung has been recitalist at the First International Festival and Conference on Fortepiano in Antwerp, the Michigan MozartFest, the Connecticut Early Music Festival and Festival Indianapolis. In addition, he has appeared at over 35 colleges and universities, most recently as Distinguished Guest Artist at the University of Memphis School of Music, as soloist at the Conservatoire National de Région Chabrier, guest artist at the Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong and recitalist at the 2012 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival."


The Life and Music of Turlough O’Carolan

Kelly Yoakam, Irish Harp


Sheebeg and Sheemore

Fairy Queen

Eleanor Plunkett

 Duo Furioso

Silvia Roederer, Piano and Leslie Tung, Piano

Andante and Variations, Op. 83a                                                        Felix Mendelssohn

Three Pieces for Piano Four-hands                                       Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
    Allegretto in Eb major
    Allegro molto in C minor
    Allegretto grazioso in Ab major

Three Scenes from "Petrouchka"                                                             Igor Stravinsky           
    Russian Dance
    Petrouchka's Room
    The Grand Carnival