IU Jacobs School's Summer Music series features array of world-class concerts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- As part of Indiana University's third annual Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music will present Summer Music, a series of more than 50 free and ticketed events from June 14 through July 23. The series will include an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, harp, chamber music, piano, band, percussion, opera, jazz and other special events.
Highlights this year include the triennial USA International Harp Competition, legendary pianist Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler, the Pacifica and Rubens quartets, jazz trumpeter Jason Palmer and special programming for each of the three Festival Orchestra concerts.
See a full list of all Summer Music series performances.
Pressler's performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 with the Festival Orchestra, conducted by Arthur Fagen, will kick off the series at 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, in the Musical Arts Center.
A "Pressler and Friends" program July 6 and 7 will feature several members of the Pacifica Quartet -- Simin Ganatra, violin; Sibbi Bernhardsson, viola; and Brandon Vamos, cello -- in concert with the founding member and pianist of the former Beaux Arts Trio.
Welcoming over 50 harpists from 21 countries, the ninth USA International Harp Competition begins July 10, concluding July 20 with a concert including the Festival Orchestra conducted by David Effron in the Musical Arts Center.
Additional Festival Orchestra concerts will feature soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, with Effron on the podium, July 12, and Dominick DiOrio conducting the orchestra and Festival Chorus in Mozart's Mass in C Minor July 23.
Considered one of the finest ensembles in the region, this year's Festival Orchestra musicians include distinguished Jacobs School faculty members, guests from symphony orchestras in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Louis, and some of the finest Jacobs students.
The Pacifica Quartet -- the school's quartet-in-residence -- will be joined by pianist Ilya Friedberg and violist Atar Arad July 17. The Rubens Quartet presents recitals June 27 and July 2, teaming with pianist Chih-Yi Chen July 5.
Members and guests of the American Liszt Society, will present the rarely heard "Hexameron" -- containing six composers (including Liszt and his contemporaries) and six performers -- in addition to other Liszt works for solo piano. Performers include Mark DeZwaan, Read Gainsford, Matt Gianforte, Mike Hanson, Simeon Kim and Meeyoun Park.
The Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio returns, while other solo and chamber recitals feature mezzo-soprano Mary Ann Hart performing a new song cycle by Jacobs composer Eugene O'Brien; the Festival Chamber Players performing 12 Caprices for Solo Viola by Atar Arad; clarinetist Howard Klug; violinists Erin Aldridge, David Gillham, William Harvey and Sarah Kapustin; violists Roeland Jagers, Tze-Ying Wu and Stephen Wyrczynski; cellists Csaba Onczay and Peter Stumpf; pianists Evelyne Brancart, Chiharu Iinuma, Jeannette Koekkoek and Cory Smythe; and Janette Fishell, organ; among others.
Among the performers in the piano recital series are Read Gainsford, Christopher Harding, Emile Naoumoff and John O'Conor.
"A Tribute to Freddie Hubbard: An Indianapolis Jazz Legend," featuring Jacobs School of Music faculty with trumpeter Palmer, will introduce the jazz component of the series June 22. The Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp Final Concert will follow, June 28, with vocal camp participants directed by Duane Davis, Dominick DiOrio, Peter Eldridge, Michael Wheaton, Ly Wilder and Zegree. The Steve Houghton Trio, featuring Steve Houghton, drums; Jeremy Allen, bass; and Anders Astrand, percussion; performs July 16, and Park Stickney will play jazz harp, as part of the Harp Competition, July 18.
Additional performances to look forward to include the IU Percussion Academy faculty July 14 and "The World of Percussion," directed by Michael Spiro, July 15.
The Symphony Orchestra, composed of Jacobs students, will perform two free concerts -- June 20 and July 18 -- conducted by Cliff Colnot, principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's contemporary MusicNOW series and of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Operatic performances this summer include Kevin Murphy directing a staged version of Mozart's "The Impresario" June 16 and Dominick DiOrio directing Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" June 25. The Summer Opera Workshops will be directed by Patricia Stiles June 19 and Carol Vaness July 19.
The popular Summer Band concerts, featuring the conducting talents of Stephen W. Pratt and David C. Woodley from the IU Department of Bands, will be held on the lawn of the Musical Arts Center. The concerts, featuring marches, popular favorites, solos and light classics, are scheduled for 7 p.m. June 26 and July 3 and 10.
Some events are free and some require tickets. A limited number of discounted Summer Music Passes are offered to the general public, with further reductions for full-time students. Tickets and passes are available now from the Musical Arts Center Box Office. Call 812-855-7433 for information.