April 12, 2012

IU Opera and Ballet Theater announces 2012-13 Season

Three new productions and a collection of classics, including a reprise of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” will take the stage at Bloomington’s Musical Arts Center during the 2012-13 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season. Representing the 64th season of the world’s leading collegiate opera and ballet company, the six operas and three ballets will be artistically led by IU Jacobs School of Music faculty and a number of guest artists.

Jacobs School of Music receives $1.9 million gift in support of Jazz Studies Department

A $1.9 million gift has been made to the Jacobs School of Music Jazz Studies Department by the estate of Anne and Paul Plummer. A tenor saxophonist, Paul Plummer was a close friend of Distinguished Professor David N. Baker. Enjoy a video interview about the gift with Professor Baker!

Booker T Jones, U.S. Ambassador David L. Carden to serve as IU Bloomington commencement speakers

Legendary soul musician Booker T Jones and David L. Carden, the United States’ first resident ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, will be commencement speakers at IU Bloomington commencement ceremonies next month. Both Jones and Carden are IU alumni.

2012 IU Presidential Concert, ‘Jazz Celebration,’ to feature alumnus Randy Brecker and other jazz greats

In partnership with the Indiana University Office of the President, Michael A. McRobbie, the Jacobs School of Music will present “Jazz Celebration” on April 21 in the Musical Arts Center–a star-studded concert featuring four internationally recognized alumni and a host of ensembles. The highlight of the evening will be a quartet performance by renowned alumni guest artists Randy Brecker, trumpet; Alan Pasqua, piano; Robert Hurst, bass; and Peter Erskine, drums. Enjoy a video interview with Tom Walsh about the upcoming concert >

Ballet at the BCT’ to present new choreography from IU Ballet Department

As its final production of the season, the Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department presents the annual “Ballet at the BCT: The Choreography Project” April 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. Like many Jacobs School events, the performances are free and open to the public.

European Union Youth Orchestra communicates through music at IU Auditorium

The European Union Youth Orchestra, an ensemble of Europe’s finest young musicians, will give its Bloomington debut concert at IU Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Founded in 1976, the 116-member orchestra is the only cultural project to include musicians from all 27 European Union member countries, a symbol of European harmony and future hope. Mark Kaplan, Jacobs professor of violin, will perform as soloist with the ensemble.

Jacobs professor Schwartzkopf, veteran Singing Hoosiers director, receives IU’s Distinguished Service Medal

Jacobs professor Michael Schwartzkopf has received Indiana University’s Distinguished Service Medal from President Michael A. McRobbie, presented during a March 31 farewell concert with the Singing Hoosiers. Schwartzkopf, who has led IU’s “ambassadors of song” for the past 17 years, will retire from the university in May.

Jacobs Scholar Katie Minion wins national competition for organists

Congratulations to undergraduate Jacobs Scholar Katie Minion, winner of the Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition in Organ Playing, a prestigious national competition for organists under the age of 30. Minion is a student of Professor Janette Fishell, chair of the Jacobs School Organ Department.

JSoM student guitarist Stevan Jovic places 1st in 2012 IDEA Competition

On April 6, the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (IU Kelley School of Business) sponsored the 2012 IDEA Competition. Stevan Jovic, a Performer Diploma guitarist and student of Ernesto Bitetti, took first place in the competition, claiming a $3,000 cash prize for his invention, Practice-Right.

Additional Upcoming Events

Free events to enjoy in the next week include the Latin American Popular Music Ensemble tonight, Hammer and Nail Contemporary Dance tomorrow and Saturday, the Concert Orchestra and Vocal Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, and three Opera Workshop performances next week. For a complete event listing, click here!

Faculty, Student, and Alumni News Updates

The most recent updates include news from the studio of Eli Eban, students Caroline Weeks and Jeremy Shih being profiled in USA Today, alumnus Bernard Gordillo in Nicaragua, and much more!

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