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Last modified: Thursday, February 14, 2008

IU Jacobs School of Music offers more than 50 events during ArtsWeek 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 14, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music celebrates ArtsWeek 2008 (Feb. 20 to March 1) with a rich variety of events that range from contemporary workshop readings to a musical examination of the meaning of life and death to Mozart's celebrated opera Le Nozze di Figaro. A host of orchestral, chamber, solo and ensemble performances by a wide array of guests, faculty and students completes the schedule during Bloomington's 11-day arts extravaganza.

At least four projects have a close connection to the theme of the 2008 ArtsWeek -- "Politics and the Arts":

SILENCE AND EXPLOSION: A SALON EVENT ON POLITICS AND THE ARTS
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2:30 p.m. in Sweeney Hall
An afternoon of workshop readings of segments from several contemporary artistic works with an accompanying panel discussion highlighting expressive interactions of politics and the arts. Featuring segments from Ainadamar, on opera by Osvaldo Golijov about the murder of Federico Garcia Lorca; Mother's aria "O Sorrow," with chorus, from William Grant Still's choral ballad And They Lynched Him On a Tree; American Ma(u)l, a satire by Robert O'Hara on the state of race relations in America; and Fronterilandia and Power Tools, a film by Ruben Ortiz with music by guest composer Gabriela Ortiz on the political and cultural implications of the U.S.-Mexico border.

MUSIC THEORY SYMPOSIUM: POST-WAR POLITICS AND MUSICS
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 3:30 p.m. in Sweeney Hall
Several prominent scholars will give presentations linking politics and music:

  • Eric Drott (University of Texas, Austin), "Music and May '68 in France"
  • Bruce Durazzi (Washington University, St. Louis), "Two 'Committed' Cantatas: Luigi Nono and the Idea of Political Composition"
  • Phil Ford (Indiana University), "Asymmetrical Consciousness: The Hipster Dialectic of Style and Politics"
  • Peter Schmelz (Washington University, St. Louis), "Alfred Schnittke's Nagasaki and Soviet Cold War Cultural Politics"

VERDI'S REQUIEM
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center
William Jon Gray will conduct the IU Philharmonic Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus in this performance of Verdi's masterwork from his late career. Verdi composed his Requiem as a tribute in honor of two Italian national heroes -- the opera composer Gioachino Rossini, and the novelist and political figure Alessandro Manzoni. The composer poured all of the aspects of his mature style into this work -- the supreme operatic dramatist, the patriot-artist of the Italian unification movement, the Romantic composer and the ordinary man with peasant roots exploring the struggle of life, death and faith.

IU OPERA THEATER -- LE NOZZE DI FIGARO by W. A. Mozart
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22, 23, 29, March 1, 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center
Based on a play by Beaumarchais, which was at first banned in Vienna because of its satire of the aristocracy, the opera became one of Mozart's most successful works. Full of plotting, deceit and maneuvering, just like politics, the beloved Figaro returns in this comic "sequel" to The Barber of Seville. For information and a complete Web site about the upcoming production, go to http://music.indiana.edu/opera.

MAJOR EVENTS IN THE IU JACOBS SCHOOL OF MUSIC DURING ARTSWEEK
(Please consult the Jacobs School events calendar, http://music.indiana.edu/events, for a comprehensive listing of the 50-plus events.)

Wednesday, Feb. 20
7 p.m. -- BRASS CONCERTO SHOWCASE, Ford-Crawford Hall

8 p.m. -- CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, Auer Concert Hall
Cliff Colnot, conductor
Mahler/Colnot: Adagio from Symphony No. 10; First American Performance; Thomas: Terpsichore's Dream; Midwest Premiere; Second Performance

Thursday, Feb. 21
8 p.m. -- FACULTY/GUEST RECITAL, Auer Concert Hall
James J. Pellerite, Native American flute, and Walfrid Kujala, piccolo
Snyder: Transverse; Hoover: from Canyon Shadows; Rubin: Breath of Life; Boyadjian: Pleiades; Vivaldi: Concerto for Piccolo; Heins: Enchanted Mesa

Friday, Feb. 22
4 p.m. -- GUEST LECTURE, Auer Concert Hall
Jacobs School of Music Lecture Series: Christopher Hogwood
"The Past is a Foreign Country: they do things differently there"
Distinguished conductor, keyboardist and musicologist. One of the greatest proponents of the early music movement, as well as a renowned conductor of 19th- and 20th-century works.

8 p.m. -- LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Musical Arts Center presented by IU Opera Theater
Will Crutchfield, conductor; Michael Ehrman, director; Robert O'Hearn, designer
Tickets: $25 for adults; $12 for students

8:30 p.m. -- GUEST RECITAL, Recital Hall
Michel Strauss, cello; Maria Belooussova, piano
R. Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Op. 17, Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73, Five Pieces in a Folk Style, Op. 102; Philippe Hersant: Les Ombres de Giverny for Solo Cello (American Premiere); Brahms: Sonata in E Minor; Debussy: Sonata

Saturday, Feb. 23
10 a.m. -- GUEST MASTER CLASS, Recital Hall
Christopher Hogwood

2:30 p.m. -- ARTSWEEK INTERDISCIPLINARY CONCERT & TALK, Sweeney Hall
"Silence and Explosion"
An afternoon of workshop readings of segments of several contemporary artistic works with an accompanying panel discussion highlighting expressive interactions of politics and the arts. Featuring segments from:

  • Ainadamar, an opera by Osvaldo Golijov, on the murder of Federico García Lorca by the Fascists and the issue of artistic freedom of expression
  • Mother's aria "O Sorrow," with chorus, from William Grant Still's choral ballad And They Lynched Him On a Tree
  • American Ma(u)l, a satire by Robert O'Hara on the tenuous state of racial harmony in America today
  • Fronterilandia and Power Tools, film segments by Rubén Ortiz-Torres, with music by guest composer Gabriela Ortiz, on the political implications of the marriage of cultures in the borderland 'imagination' of the U.S. and Mexico.

8 p.m. -- LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Musical Arts Center presented by IU Opera Theater
Will Crutchfield, Conductor; Michael Ehrman, Director; Robert O'Hearn, Designer
Tickets: Reserved seating: $15-35 for adults; $10-20 for students

8 p.m. -- GUEST RECITAL, Auer Concert Hall
Gilles Apap, violin; with Violin Virtuosi and Chih-Yi Chen, piano
Vivaldi: Four Seasons

Sunday, Feb. 24
2 p.m. -- BRASS CHOIR, Auer Concert Hall
Edmund Cord, director

7 p.m. -- CONCENTUS, IU Art Museum Atrium
Sponsae Christi -- The Wives of Christ
Performed by the Early Music Institute, with members of the IU Children's Choir. A celebration of nuns and virgin martyrs featuring vocal and instrumental music of the twelfth through early sixteenth centuries.

Monday, Feb. 25
7:00 p.m. -- EMI GUEST MASTER CLASS, Ford-Crawford Hall
Guests: Wilber Hazelzet, Jaap ter Linden, Jacques Ogg

8 p.m. -- JAZZ ENSEMBLES, Musical Arts Center
Brent Wallarab, director; associate instructors
Jones: Big Dipper; Holman: A View from the Side; Evans: Waltz for Debby; Fedchock: Blues du Jour Strayhorn: Isfahan; Holman: Petaluma Lou

8 p.m. -- ORION STRING QUARTET, Auer Concert Hall
Jacobs School Resident Ensemble with Jaime Laredo, viola; Sharon Robinson, cello
Strauss: Sextet from Capriccio (1942); Lowell Lieberman: String Quartet No. 4, Op. 103; Brahms: Sextet in G Major, Op. 36

Tuesday, Feb. 26
8 p.m. -- GUEST RECITAL, Auer Concert Hall
DaXun Zhang, double bass; Yang Wei, pipa; Tomoko Kashiwagi, piano
Curb: Tango; J. C. Bach: Adagio; D. Anderson: Sonata for Double Bass and Piano; Chinese Traditional: Rainbow Dance; Hai-Huai Huang: Galloping Horses; Yao Chen: Jun Chen Gang: Sun Shines on Taxkorgan

8:30 p.m. -- FACULTY/GUEST RECITAL, Recital Hall
Wilber Hazelzet, Flute; Jaap ter Linden, Viol; Jacques Ogg, Harpsichord
Veracini: Sonata in E Minor; Vivaldi: Sonata VI in B Flat Major; Couperin: Concert IX in E-major "Ritratto dell'Amore" (from Concerts Nouveaux); J. S. Bach: Sonata in B Minor BWV1030; Leclair: Sonata No. 5 in G Major

Wednesday, Feb. 27
3:30 p.m. -- MUSIC THEORY SYMPOSIUM, Sweeney Hall
"Post-War Politics and Musics"
Eric Drott (University of Texas, Austin): "Music and May '68 in France"
Bruce Durazzi (Washington University, St. Louis): "Two 'Committed' Cantatas: Luigi Nono and the Idea of Political Composition"
Phil Ford (Indiana University): "Asymmetrical Consciousness: The Hipster Dialectic of Style and Politics"
Peter Schmelz (Washington University, St. Louis): "Alfred Schnittke's Nagasaki and Soviet Cold War Cultural Politics"

8 p.m. -- ORATORIO CHORUS & PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, Musical Arts Center William
Jon Gray, conductor
Verdi: Requiem

Thursday, Feb. 28
8 p.m. -- NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE, Auer Concert Hall
Akira Mori, interim co-director and conductor; Ben Bolter, associate conductor; Cliff Colnot, guest conductor
Fox: Sonaspheres I; Phan: Horn Concertino; Martensson: Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano; Schuller: Chamber Symphony

8:30 p.m. -- GUEST RECITAL, Recital Hall
Liz Upchurch, piano

Friday, Feb. 29
7 p.m. -- AUDITION EVE RECITAL, Ford-Crawford Hall
Trombone Faculty and Trombone Choir performing works by Handel, Verdi, Brahms, Carmichael, Monk, Plog and others

8 p.m. -- LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Musical Arts Center presented by IU Opera Theater
Will Crutchfield, conductor; Michael Ehrman, director; Robert O'Hearn, designer
Tickets: Reserved seating: $15-35 for adults; $10-20 for students

8 p.m. -- BAROQUE ORCHESTRA, Auer Concert Hall
Stanley Ritchie, director; MaryAnn Shore, oboe; Brandi Berry, violin
Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in D Minor; Leclair: Violin Concerto

Saturday, March 1
2 p.m. -- INTERNATIONAL VOCAL ENSEMBLE, Auer Concert Hall
Katherine Domingo, conductor with guest Carol Ponder
Music of Southern Appalachia

8 p.m. -- LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Musical Arts Center presented by IU Opera Theater
Will Crutchfield, conductor; Michael Ehrman, director; Robert O'Hearn, designer
Tickets: Reserved Seating: $15-35 for adults; $10-20 for students

8 p.m. -- FACULTY RECITAL, Auer Concert Hall
Don Freund, composition
Freund: Romeo and Juliet, Act III *Concert Premiere*

Don't miss the Jacobs School of Music student recitals throughout ArtsWeek, with many additional performances. For more information, go to http://music.indiana.edu/events. For information about the many additional events during ArtsWeek, go to http://artsweek.indiana.edu.