April 4, 2013

IU Opera Theater season closes with Verdi’s comedic 'Falstaff'IU Opera Theater season closes with Verdi’s comedic ‘Falstaff’

Celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday, April 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m., in Bloomington’s Musical Arts Center. The season finale marks the first time stage director Robin Guarino has worked with IU Opera, while conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos returns to the podium and retired professor Robert O’Hearn provides set and costume designs.
Note: The first two performances will be live-streamed via IUMusicLive!


Jacobs School presents 'Jazz Celebration -- A Tribute to Cole Porter' April 20Jacobs School presents ‘Jazz Celebration — A Tribute to Cole Porter’ April 20

The Jacobs School of Music will present its annual Jazz Celebration at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the Musical Arts Center, with a significant tribute to Indiana legend Cole Porter. The event is the first in a series of annual concerts that will focus on the impressive legacy of the art form in the state and coincides with the nationally celebrated Jazz Appreciation Month of April.
Note: This performance will be live-streamed via IUMusicLive!


Free Indianapolis Symphony concert at IU to celebrate 100th anniversary of 'Rite of Spring' Free Indianapolis Symphony concert at IU to celebrate 100th anniversary of ‘Rite of Spring’

The Jacobs School will host a free performance by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the Musical Arts Center. Conducted by newly appointed music director Krzysztof Urbanski, the concert will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.”


Celebrate Verdi's 200th birthday with free “Requiem” performances Celebrate Verdi’s 200th birthday with free “Requiem” performances

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!


Michael Brandenburg wins Grand Prize at Met Opera National Council Auditions Michael Brandenburg wins Grand Prize at Met Opera National Council Auditions

Jacobs School of Music student and Jacobs Fellow Michael Brandenburg, a student of Timothy Noble, was named one of six winners at the annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals on March 10.


Students of Pacifica Quartet presenting community chamber music series Jacobs presents quartet concert at Kennedy Center

Four students from the Jacobs School, all members of the recently formed Wasmuth Quartet, will perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is part of the center’s Conservatory Project, a concert series showcasing artists from America’s leading music schools.
Note: This performance will be live-streamed here!


Latin American Music Center receives Alfonso Montecino legacy collection Latin American Music Center receives Alfonso Montecino legacy collection

Chilean pianist, composer and Jacobs Professor Emeritus Alfonso Montecino has donated his legacy collection to the school’s Latin American Music Center.


Students of Pacifica Quartet presenting community chamber music series Students of Pacifica Quartet presenting community chamber music series

Student chamber ensembles studying with the Pacifica Quartet — the quartet-in-residence at the Jacobs School — are presenting a series of eight free community concerts in Bloomington from Monday, March 25, through Saturday, April 20.


Ritmos Unidos ensemble, directed by Michael Spiro, releases first CD Ritmos Unidos ensemble, directed by Michael Spiro, releases first CD

Jacobs professor Michael Spiro, a seven-time Grammy nominee, is having a huge impact on Bloomington’s local and regional music scene. His impact took another leap forward with the forming of Ritmos Unidos, a high-energy ensemble, which released its first CD in January — “iFunklorico!.”


Arthur FagenAdditional Upcoming Events

This weekend offers an abundance of student recitals, including a Guitar Studio Recital Friday night, a Voice Studio Rectal Saturday afternoon, and a Trumpet Studio Recital Sunday afternoon. Also on Sunday, enjoy evening performances by the University Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fagen, and Concentus. For a complete event listing, click here.


Lissa MayFaculty, Student, and Alumni News Updates

The most recent updates include Lissa May, director of undergraduate studies, receiving the Jazz Journalists Association 2013 Jazz Hero award; orchestral conducting student Paul Ghun Kim being appointed resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony; alumnus tenor Lawrence Brownlee receiving a glowing review in the New York Times; and much more!


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