MISHAWAKA–– Sam Rotman, a concert pianist with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Julliard School in New York City, played a concert at Bethel on Oct. 25 dedicated to Beethoven’s works.
According to Kelli Grosse, administrative assistant for the music department, Rotman was planning a piano tour in 2020 to celebrate the 250-year anniversary of the birth of Beethoven. Due to COVID-19, the tour was postponed and was rescheduled to this year. The concert was held in the Paqui and Brian Kelly Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
Rotman had prior visits to Bethel in the 1990s to perform recitals. He has connections with Rob Rhein, D.M.A., associate professor of music, and Bob and Marilynn Hamm, former professors of the music department.
Rotman has received nine awards through grants, scholarships and other prizes. In addition, Rotman has been among winners of five piano competitions in the United States and Europe. His performances have been held in over 60 countries, including Southeast Asia, China, India and the Caribbean.
Many students were able to enjoy a brief preview Rotman gave of his concert in chapel the morning of Oct. 25. Students who were unable to attend the concert but would like to learn more about Rotman or read his testimony can visit his website, samrotman.com.