A world premiere, an additional new production, an updated production and a tribute to one of the Jacobs School of Music’s most distinguished faculty members await explorers of all kinds at Bloomington’s Musical Arts Center during the 2013-14 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season — “9 Stops: 1 Incredible Journey.”
The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of violinist and conductor Joseph Swensen as visiting professor of music (violin). He will join the faculty in the fall of 2013.
The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will present its annual Jazz Celebration at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, in Bloomington’s Musical Arts Center with a significant tribute to Indiana legend Cole Porter. Guest vocalist Sunny Wilkinson will join Tim Noble, IU distinguished professor of voice, and several Jacobs School student and faculty ensembles for the celebration. The variety of ensembles performing includes a 55-piece string ensemble, big band, vocal jazz ensemble, a jazz faculty combo, and a student piano trio.
Note: This performance will be live-streamed via IUMusicLive!
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumnus and “Saturday Night Live” band drummer Shawn Pelton recently worked with percussion students in Bloomington and donated a drum kit he used on the set of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning late-night comedy showcase.
The Jacobs School will celebrate Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday with a free performance of the Italian composer’s “Requiem” in Bloomington, Wednesday, April 17 in the MAC and Friday, April 19, at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. This will mark the school’s first formal appearance at the center’s Palladium. The Concert Orchestra, Oratorio Chorus and four student soloists, will be conducted by David Effron.
Note: The Bloomington performance will be live-streamed via IUMusicLive!
The annual “SpringFest,” a free concert celebration of winds, brass and percussion takes place at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Bloomington’s Musical Arts Center. With performances by the Jacobs School of Music Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, the concert will feature guest conductor Donald Hunsberger, conductor emeritus of the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Department of Ballet presents its annual ‘Ballet at the BCT: The Choreography Project’ at 7:30 p.m. on April 17 and 18 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. Thirty short ballets will be performed, displaying diversity in style and technique, with an equally diverse set of musical selections. The highly anticipated performances are free and open to the public.
Composer Joan Tower “Five Friends” residency includes lecture today and performance of works with New Music Ensemble, Friday
Joan Tower, widely regarded as one of the most important American composers living today, will spend this week at the IU Jacobs School of Music, offering a lecture Wednesday April 17, group lessons to composition students and will be the featured composer in the New Music Ensemble concert, Friday April 19.
In addition to Ballet at the BCT, the Verdi Requiem, SpringFest, and Jazz Celebration, remaining major events this semester include the New Music Ensemble—directed by Don Freund—Friday night, the IU Children’s Choir Saturday afternoon, and Menahem Pressler in an April 21 performance with the Jewish Studies Program. For a complete event listing, click here.
The most recent updates include Kim Carballo, coordinating opera coach for IU Opera Theater, being featured on the IU Research website; student harpist Liza Wallace’s Waken CD; alumna Emma Gerstein winning a position with the New World Symphony; and much more!