Fall season offers many options for music, opera, ballet lovers

Fall season offers many options for music, opera, ballet lovers

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The Marriage of Figaro

Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013

Peter Jacobi H-T Columnist

 From a six-hour marathon this afternoon of Bach’s works for organ to a “Messiah” Sing-Along on Dec. 22, we’ll have music aplenty here in Bloomington. The fare is rich and varied, a cornucopia of event possibilities from which you can select.

I take note that the scene is changing: The Camerata Orchestra, as I reported a few weeks back, is now officially an entity of memory. A couple of important instrumental outfits, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, have lost their conductors and will play under interim, though eminently worthy, leaders. The Bloomington Early Music Festival slumbers like Sleeping Beauty; one hopes a few potential awakeners on the scene can play the Prince and, before long, kiss the festival back to action. Meanwhile, Chris Ludwa, music director of the Bloomington Pops, tells me: “I am not sure the Pops will continue. We are evaluating the next steps but pretty sure we are not presenting this fall. Sign of the times perhaps. Wish it weren’t so. I loved this group.”

Nevertheless, there’s much to look forward to. Here are some highlights, to be followed by a calendar.

For organ lovers: Janette Fishell’s “Seasons of Sebastian Concert 20,” six hours of Bach’s organ music, starts today at 12:30, in Trinity Episcopal Church, offered as part of the Fourth Street Festival. And on Sept. 15 and 16, look toward inaugural recitals of the newly installed Webb-Ehrlich Great Organ in Alumni Hall.

For symphony lovers: The IU Philharmonic opens the orchestral season Sept. 11, with David Effron on the podium and Andre Watts at the piano, performing music of Nicolai, Grieg and Brahms; later, it plays Mahler’s First Symphony. The Bloomington Symphony, post the Charles Latshaw era, contributes a Faure-Part-Beethoven concert. In October, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra focuses on “Bach & the Italians” and, at the IU Auditorium, Nashville Symphony conductor Giancarlo Guerrero joins banjoist Bela Fleck and an orchestra from IU’s Jacobs School.

For opera lovers: From IU Opera Theater, there’s Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” in September, Massenet’s “Werther” in October, and Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” in November. IU’s Opera Chorus adds a program in October.

For dance lovers: IU Ballet Theater takes you on an October ballet tour to “Classical Europe,” this to see choreographic sights by Balanchine, Violette Verdy, and Hans van Manen while listening to music of Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven. Ballet Hispanico comes for a visit in November. And, of course, “The Nutcracker” returns in December.

For choral lovers: Voces Novae blends music and history for its October concert called “Into the Fray: Henry Ward Beecher and His Culture Wars.” Also in October, a rarity, Handel’s oratorio “Esther,” gets two hearings, thanks to the Pro Arte Singers. The Bloomington Peace Choir voices its gentle message in a November event. In December, make time for the Bloomington Chamber Singers, Quarryland Men’s Chorus, and Singing Hoosiers as they mark the holiday season.

For chamber music lovers: Watch for the Johannes String Quartet in October, along with an extended series of concerts under the rubric of a Japan Festival. The Emerson Quartet arrives in December.

For lovers of musicals: IU Theater lights up “Chicago” in October; IU Auditorium brings us “Mamma Mia” in December.

Special events: “Washington McClain Memorial Concert” (Sept. 7), “Celebrating the Life of Janos Starker” (Sept. 22), “Lewis Rowell Birthday Celebration Concert” (Oct. 20), “Menahem Pressler 90th Birthday, a Concert Celebration” (Dec. 13).

And there’s so much more.

Reach Peter by sending an email to features@heraldt.com with “Jacobi” in the subject line.


From Now to New Year — A Calendar

September

This week: Today from 12:30 to 6:30 in Trinity Episcopal Church, Grant and Kirkwood, Janette Fishell plays organ music of Bach. Come and go and come again or stay; free admission. Tuesday evening at 7 in Ford-Crawford Hall, guest recital of Romanian art songs performed by soprano Camelia Voin and pianist Gary Barnett; free. Saturday evening at 8 in Auer Hall, Washington McClain Memorial Concert by Early Music Institute faculty and friends. Free.

8 — Bach Cantata Project, Stanley Ritchie director, St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 2:30 p.m.

11 — IU Philharmonic, David Effron conductor, Musical Arts Center (MAC), 8 p.m.

14 — Guest recital, violinist Wonji Kim and pianist Wonmin Kim, Ford, 5 p.m.

15 — Inaugural recital Webb-Ehrlich Organ, Alumni Hall (repeated Sept. 16), 8 p.m.

18 — IU Chamber Orchestra, Uriel Segal conductor, Auer, 8 p.m.

20 — IU Opera Theater, Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” (additional performances Sept. 21, 27, 28), MAC, 8 p.m.

22 — National Society for Arts and Letters guest recital, Ford, 1:30 p.m. … “Celebrating the Life of Janos Starker,” MAC stage, 4 p.m.

23 — Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensemble, MAC, 8 p.m.

25 — Lotus Festival (through Sept. 29), concerts at various times in various venues. … IU Symphony, David Effron conductor, MAC, 8 p.m.

26 — Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Hersh conductor, Tivoli Theater, Spencer (7:30 p.m.); concert repeated Sept. 28 at Bloomington High School North, 7:30 p.m. … New Music Ensemble, David Dzubay director, Auer, 8 p.m.

28 — Faculty recital, composer David Ward-Steinman, Auer, 6 p.m. … Early Music Institute chamber recital, Ford, 8:30 p.m.

29 — University Orchestra, Michael Palmer conductor, MAC 3 p.m. … IU Brass Choir, Edmund Cord director, Auer, 6 p.m. … Faculty recital, Kathleen McLean, bassoon, Ford, 7 p.m.

30 — Wayne Wallace Jazz Ensemble, MAC, 8 p.m.

October

1 — IU Wind Ensemble, Stephen Pratt conductor, Auer, 8 p.m.

4 — Fall Ballet: “Classical Europe,” (repeated Oct. 5), MAC, 8 p.m.

5 — Voces Novae, “Into the Fray: Henry Ward Beecher and His Culture Wars,” First United Church, 7:30 p.m. … Guest recital, Martin Scheding organ, Auer, 8 p.m.

6 — IU Baroque Orchestra, Stanley Ritchie director, Auer, 2 p.m. … Symphonic Choir, Recital Hall, 3 p.m. … Faculty/Student recital, pianist Emile Naoumoff, violinist Joseph Swensen, and students, Auer, 8 p.m.

8 — IU Symphonic and Concert Bands, Jeffrey Gershman and Eric Smedley conductors, MAC, 8 p.m. … Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Dominick DiOrio director, Auer, 8 p.m.

9 — IU Philharmonic, David Effron conductor, MAC, 8 p.m.

10 — Guest recital, Johannes String Quartet, Auer, 8 p.m.

11 — Singing Hoosiers Fall Preview (repeated Oct. 12), Steve Zegree director, Auer, 8 p.m.

12 — IU Concert Orchestra, Paul Nadler conductor, MAC, 8 p.m.

13 — Percussion Ensemble, John Tafoya director, Auer, 1 p.m. … Bach Cantata Project, St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 2:30 p.m…University Chorale, Juan Hernandez conductor, Recital Hall, 5 p.m…Concentus Ensemble, Wendy Gillespie director, Recital Hall, 7 p.m.

14 — Guest recital, Joseph Levitt tenor, Auer, 8 p.m.

15 — Woodwind Chamber Music recital, Ford, 7 p.m. … IU Opera Chorus, Walter Huff conductor, Auer, 8 p.m.

16 — University Singers, Betsy Burleigh conductor, Auer, 8 p.m.

17 — Latin American Music Center, “Salon Latino,” Erick Carballo, director, Auer, 8 p.m.

19 — Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Barthold Kuijken conductor, First United Church, 7:30 p.m.

20 — Lewis Rowell Birthday Celebration Concert, Auer, 4 p.m.

22 — “Hot Tuesday,” Jazz Combo, Ford, 8:30 p.m.

23 — Japan Festival Chamber Music concert, 7 p.m. (also in Ford or Auer Oct. 24-26 at different times).

24 — Latin American Popular Music Ensemble, Guido Sanchez director, Waldron Arts Center, 8 p.m. … New Music Ensemble, David Dzubay director, Auer, 8 p.m.

25 — Octubafest, Ford, 7 p.m. (also Oct. 26 — 30). …IU Theater presents “Chicago,” Wells-Metz Theater, 7:30 p.m. (additional performances Oct. 26, 29-31, Nov. 1, 2)

26 — IU Opera Theater, Massenet’s “Werther” (additional performances Oct. 27, Nov. 1, 2), MAC, 8 p.m. … Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition, recital, Matt Palmer guitar, Auer, 8 p.m. (Competition events and master classes Oct. 26, 27 in Ford, Sweeney, and Auer halls)

27 — Sundays in Auer, Faculty Chamber Music recital, Auer, 4 p.m. … Guest recital, Luis Orlandini guitar, Auer, 8 p.m.

28 — Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensemble, MAC, 8 p.m.

29 — Early Music Institute Chamber Music concert, Ford, 7 p.m.

30 — Handel’s oratorio “Esther,” (repeat Oct. 31), Pro Arte singers, William Jon Gray conductor, 8 p.m.

November

2 — Pre-College Harp Halloween recital, Ford, 1 p.m. … Bassoon Day recital, Ford, 5 p.m.

3 — Percussion Ensemble, John Tafoya director, Auer, 1 p.m. … Bach Cantata Project, St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 2:30 p.m…Guest recital, Molly Barth flute, Auer, 4 p.m…Guest recital, Bram van Sambeek bassoon, Auer, 8 p.m.

4 — Early Music Institute Chamber Music recital, Ford, 7 p.m. … Wayne Wallace Jazz Ensemble, MAC, 8 p.m.

5 — IU Wind Ensemble, Stephen Pratt conductor, MAC, 8 p.m. … “Hot Tuesdays,” Jazz Combo, Ford, 8:30 p.m.

6 — IU Concert Orchestra, David Effron conductor, MAC, 8 p.m.

7 — IU Brass Choir, Recital Hall, 7 p.m…Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Steve Zegree and Ly Wilder directors, Auer, 8 p.m. … Clarinet Choir, Howard Klug director, Ford, 8:30 p.m.

9 — Guest recital, Takayoshi Yoshioka marimba, Auer, 8 p.m.

10 — IU Baroque Orchestra, Stanley Ritchie director, Auer, 2 p.m. … Bloomington Peace Choir, Unity of Bloomington, 3 p.m. … Sundays in Auer, Faculty recital, Beethoven Septet, Auer, 4 p.m.

12 — Latin American Popular Music Ensemble, Guido Sanchez director, Waldron, 8 p.m.

13 — IU Chamber Orchestra, Uriel Segal conductor, Auer, 8 p.m.

14 — Woodwind Chamber Music recital, Ford, 7 p.m.

15 — IU Opera Theater, Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” (additional performances (Nov. 16, 21, 22), MAC, 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Nov. 21)

16 — Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Hersh conductor, IU Violin Virtuosi guest soloists, Bloomington High School North, 7:30 p.m. … Ballet Hispanico, IU Auditorium, 8 p.m.

17 — Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble side-by-side concert with Indiana Bandmasters Association All-District Band, Bloomington High School North, 4 p.m. … IU Symphonic and Concert Bands, Jeffrey Gershman and Eric Smedley conductors, MAC, 8 p.m.

18 — Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble, Steven Pratt conductor, Bloomington High School North, 7 p.m.

18 — Faculty recital, Colin Andrews organ, Auer, 5 p.m. … Latin Jazz Ensemble, Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace directors, MAC, 8 p.m.

19 — All-Campus Band, MAC, 8 p.m.

20 — Brass Department Chamber Music recital, Ford, 7 p.m. … Musical Arts Youth Orchestra (MAYO), “Music Now” project, jazz/rock concert, Monroe County Public Library, 7:30 p.m. … IU Symphony, MAC, 8 p.m.

21 — Latin American Popular Music Ensemble, Guido Sanchez director, Waldron, 8 p.m.

22 — MAYO, “Music Now,” symphonic fare, Monroe County Public Library, 7:30 p.m.

December

5 — New Music Ensemble, David Dzubay director, Libby Larson guest composer, Auer, 8 p.m.

6 — IU Ballet Theater, “The Nutcracker,” MAC, 8 p.m. (additional performances Dec.7 at 2 and 8, Dec. 8 at 2). … Musical “Mamma Mia” (repeated Dec. 7), IU Auditorium, 8 p.m.

7 — Bloomington Chamber Singers, Gerald Sousa conductor, “Music of Winter, Joy, and Peace,” First Christian Church, 8 p.m. (repeated Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.)

8 — All Campus Choir, William Jon Gray conductor, Recital Hall, 3 p.m. … Concentus Ensemble, Wendy Gillespie director, Recital Hall, 7 p.m. … Center for Electronic and Computer Music, Jeffrey Hass and John Gibson directors, Auer, 8 p.m.

10 — IU Philharmonic, Arthur Fagen conductor, MAC, 8 p.m.

11 — “Chimes of Christmas,” Singing Hoosiers and others, Steve Zegree director, IU Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

13 — Menahem Pressler 90th Birthday Concert Celebration, MAC, 8 p.m.

14 — Quarryland Men’s Chorus, Barry Magee conductor, “Peace, Hope, Joy,” First United Church, 7:30 p.m. (repeated Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.) … Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Children’s Concert, “Music from Cartoons,” WonderLab Science Museum, time to be announced.

15 — Pre-College Harp Christmas recital, Auer, 2 p.m.

20 — MAYO, “Music Now,” Faculty chamber recital, Monroe County Public Library 7:30 p.m.

22 — Bloomington Chamber Singers, Gerald Sousa conductor, annual “Messiah” Sing-Along, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.

There will be additions and deletions and changes, no doubt, but there it is for now!

 

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