Dean Emeritus Charles Webb to perform premiere with Symphonic Band

Since retiring as dean of the Jacobs School of Music in 1997, Charles H. Webb has continued an active career as solo pianist, collaborative performer, and chamber musician. Bloomington audiences will have an opportunity to enjoy a performance of his with the Symphonic Band this Tuesday, March 27, at 8pm in the Musical Arts Center.

Webb will perform the world premiere of a new transcription of the Lutoslawski Paganini Variations for wind ensemble and piano, conducted by Jacobs
Associate Professor Jeffrey D. Gershman. The work was transcribed by William H. Petersen.

Additional works on the program by the Symphonic Band are:
– Bennett: Down to the Sea in Ships, edited by Kyle R. Glaser, who will conduct
– Ives: “The Alcotts” from Piano Sonata No. 2, transcribed by Richard Thurston
– Milhaud: Suite Francaise, Op. 248, conducted by Anthony Messina

The Concert Band, conducted by Assistant Professor Eric M. Smedley, will also perform a program:

– Wagner: Fest Marsch from Tannhauser, transcribed by Robert Rumbelow
– Gould: Jericho Rhapsody
– Copland: The Promise of Living, from The Tender Land, transcribed by Kenneth Singleton and conducted by Brett A. Richardson
– Kallman: Metamorphosis (on an Original Cakewalk)


On July 1, 1997, Charles Webb retired from the faculty of Indiana University, having served the Jacobs School of Music as dean from 1973 to 1997. During that time, the Jacobs School of Music was named number one in quality in three independent national surveys. A native of Dallas, Texas, Webb received his A.B. and M.M. degrees from Southern Methodist University in 1955 and his D.M. from Indiana University in 1964. In addition to his administrative duties, he has maintained an active performance career as conductor, pianist, and organist. Webb served as artistic director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir from 1967 through 1980, conducting the choir and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in many choral-orchestral works and preparing the Symphonic Choir for performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Webb is chairman of the Board of Advisors of International Music Festivals Inc., was appointed in July 1976 by Governor Bowen to the Indiana Arts Commission, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as a member of the recommendation board for the Avery Fisher Prize, a director of the Busoni Foundation, member of the advisory board of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, and member of the National Advisory Board of the American Guild of Organists. In 1983, he was named a member of the prestigious Indiana Academy and has received three “Sagamore of the Wabash” awards, from Governors Bowen, Orr, and O’Bannon, the highest award that the State of Indiana gives for meritorious service. In 1989, Webb received the Governor’s Award for the Arts from Governor Evan Bayh and, in 2004, was named a “Living Legend” of the State of Indiana by the Indiana Historical Society and was appointed to a Congressional Committee by Colin Powell, “Committee to Advise the Secretary of State on Cultural Diplomacy.”

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