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Last modified: Thursday, November 9, 2006

IU Philharmonic Orchestra to perform in Fort Wayne, continuing Moveable Feast of the Arts

Nov. 13, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, the premier orchestral ensemble of the IU Jacobs School of Music, continues IU's Moveable Feast of the Arts series next month at the historic Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Ind., with a performance that features recently appointed faculty violinist Alexander Kerr.

The Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra (above) continues the university's Moveable Feast of the Arts series next month in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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The concert will be held on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. and marks the second year of the Moveable Feast of the Arts initiative, which is designed to showcase the university's cultural resources to Hoosier communities and IU campuses across the state.

Last year, the Philharmonic performed in South Bend, Ind., as the inaugural concert of the Moveable Feast of the Arts.

"It is an honor for the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music to have the opportunity to perform in the city of Fort Wayne and at the home of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Embassy Theatre," said IU Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards. "Recognizing the important cultural role the Fort Wayne Philharmonic plays in the life of our state, it is a privilege to be a guest of the community and to connect to our alumni and friends in the region."

Professor of Music David Effron, who will conduct the orchestra, said, "When you are one of the top music schools in the world, it is important to let all geographical areas experience the great talent that we attract to IU."

The concert is free to all students, faculty and staff with a valid Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) ID, as well as to all students 18 and under. General admission is $5. Tickets may be obtained at the Embassy Theatre box office, by calling 260-424-5665 or through Ticketmaster.

The program will include Silvestre Revueltas' SensemayŠ, Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, in its entirety. Bloomington audiences will have the opportunity to preview the performance by the Philharmonic Orchestra with Kerr and Effron on Dec. 7 at the Musical Arts Center.

Soloist Alexander Kerr, recently named the Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music at the Jacobs School, is the former concertmaster of the famed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

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Soloist Alexander Kerr, the Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music at the Jacobs School, has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe and as a chamber musician at some of the world's premier music festivals. He has collaborated with a number of the world's top musicians, including Grammy Award-winning IU music alums Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer. In 1996, at the age of 26, he was appointed concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, where he served before coming to IU. He has also been concertmaster of the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Conductor David Effron, an IU Jacobs School of Music faculty member since 1998, has a career that includes conducting with the New York City Opera for 18 years.

The IU Philharmonic Orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the opening of the Bastille Opera House in Paris. The Jacobs School ensemble has appeared under Kurt Masur, Gerard Schwarz, Robert Shaw, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Leonard Bernstein and other leading maestros.

Maestro David Effron, who will conduct the IU Philharmonic performance in Fort Wayne, Ind., conducted the New York City Opera for 18 years.

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Built in 1928, the Embassy Theatre features national productions from the Broadway stage, concerts of all musical formats, cinema, educational programming and a continued commitment to young people. For more information, visit

The Philharmonic will also perform the program, with an abbreviated Symphonie Fantastique, the following evening (Dec. 19) in Chicago at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

The Jacobs School of Music has had a longstanding relationship with the Midwest Clinic, an international gathering of many of the world's finest music educators with 12,000 representatives from all 50 U.S. states and more than 30 countries, annually. Ray Cramer, emeritus chair of the Jacobs School's Department of Bands, has been heavily involved in the organization for many years. He is currently the president of the Midwest Clinic's board of directors.