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Last modified: Tuesday, February 10, 2009

IU Jacobs School of Music offers more than 50 events during ArtsWeek 2009

Feb. 10, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music celebrates ArtsWeek 2009 (Feb. 19 through March 1) with a rich variety of events that includes an international panel discussion; a conversation about the influence of politics on the music of the Beatles; and Handel's high-intrigue, politically charged opera Guilio Cesare. A host of orchestral, chamber, solo and ensemble performances by a wide array of guests, faculty members and students completes the schedule during Bloomington's 11-day arts immersion extravaganza.

In a special pre-ArtsWeek concert on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center, Leonard Slatkin will conduct the IU Philharmonic Orchestra with Jaime Laredo, violin, and Sharon Robinson, cello. The program includes Brahms' Academic Festival Orchestra, Rozsa's Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, and Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82.

At least five projects have a close connection to the theme of the 2009 ArtsWeek, "Politics and the Arts:"

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American Politics Through The Musical Looking Glass: Saturday, Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Sweeney Hall

Featured musicians include Meredith Mills Kiesgen, Janice Hauxwell-Hammond, Scott Hogsed and Eric Anderson. Lecture given by Constance Cook Glen. Music and art frequently mirror and chronicle the political world within which they are embedded. Throughout its development, the American musical has had a close and powerful relationship to politics and social change. This will be explored and explained through the music of Cohan, Berlin, Gershwin, Kern and Porter.

Arts, Diplomacy, and the U.S.A.: Sunday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m., Sweeney Hall

A panel discussion featuring Karim Wasfi, director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra; Charles H. Webb, Jacobs dean emeritus; Cliff Colnot, conductor; and others. As a basis for discussion, the panel will consider the 2005 U.S. State Department report of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy.

Politics and the Beatles: A '60s Rock 'n' Roll Band Grows Up: Thursday, Feb. 26, 4:30 p.m., Sweeney Hall

Guest lecture by John Platoff, professor of music at Trinity College. A growing political awareness was a central part of the Beatles' development during the tumultuous decade of the '60s, evident not only in overtly political songs such as "Piggies" or "Revolution" but in much more indirect and ambiguous songs like Lennon's "Come Together" from the band's final album, Abbey Road.

IU Opera Theater presents Giulio Cesare by George Frideric Handel: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 & 28, 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center

One of Handel's most popular operas, Giulio Cesare captures all the intrigue and high-stakes plots and rivalries of the Roman court and, in many ways, of universal politics. Including one of history's most powerful women, Cleopatra, the story opens in Egypt, just after Caesar has conquered Pompey, who has fled Rome after starting a civil war.

East-West Cultural Politics: 'Mugham Opera' of the Silk Road: Saturday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m., Sweeney Hall

Adjunct Lecturer Aida Huseynova will speak about the "Mugham Opera" of Azerbaijan and its reincarnation in the repertoire of Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

Major Jacobs School events during ArtsWeek 2009

See the Jacobs School events calendar,, for a comprehensive listing.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Sweetwater Computer Music Lecture Series: noon, Wells Library E170D

Russell Pinkston, "Building an 'Intelligent Accompanist' for Interactive Pieces in Max/MSP" Hosted by the Center for Electronic and Computer Music. The speaker will describe and demonstrate interactive software written in Max/MSP that he used in two widely performed pieces for solo instruments.

Friday, Feb. 20

Guest Master Class with William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra: noon, Ford-Crawford Hall

Graduate Theory Association Symposium performance and analysis: 3 p.m., Ford-Crawford Hall

University Singers conducted by William John Gray; Rachmaninoff, Vespers: 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church

Saturday, Feb. 21

Graduate Theory Association Symposium, Performance and Analysis: 9 a.m., Ford-Crawford Hall

University Chorale with conductor Philip Moyer (Schubert: Mass No.5 in A-Flat Major, D.678): 8 p.m., Recital Hall

Sunday, Feb. 22

Faculty recital; Mark Kaplan, violin (Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Part II): 3 p.m., Ford-Crawford Hall

Faculty recital; Ik-Hwan Bae, Sung Mi Im, Jeffrey Nelsen, James Campbell, and Nokuthula Ngwenyama (Bartok: Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano and Penderecki: Sextet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Clarinet, and Horn): 6 p.m., Recital Hall

Monday, Feb. 23

Guest recital; Amy Porter, flute: 7 p.m., Ford-Crawford Hall

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Guest master class, Steve Vacchi, bassoon: 11 a.m., Ford-Crawford Hall

Faculty recital; Shigeo Neriki, Piano; James Campbell, Clarinet; Sharon Robinson, Cello (Beethoven: Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 11and Brahms: Trio in A Minor, Op. 114): 8 p.m., Recital Hall

Jazz Combo Concert with Pat Harbison, Director: 8:30 p.m., Ford-Crawford Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Faculty recital; Kevork Mardirossian, violin; Emile Naoumoff, piano (Brahms: Sonatas for Violin and Piano), 8 p.m., Recital Hall

Friday, Feb. 27

Guest Master Class, Kathleen McLean, bassoon: 11 a.m., Ford-Crawford Hall

Symphonic Choir, Vivian Ip & Jennifer Carpenter, Conductors (Byrd: Come Woeful Orpheus; Webbe: As the Moments Roll; Benedict: Dirge for a Faithful Lover; Sullivan: The Long Day Closes ): 7 p.m., Recital Hall

Saturday, Feb. 28

Concentus Recorder Ensemble, Eva Legêne, director (The Recorder Consort in Italy): 3 p.m., Recital Hall

Sunday, March 1

Faculty Chamber Music Recital featuring Emilio Colon, Cello; Shigeo Neriki, piano; Federico Agostini, violin: 2 p.m., Auer Concert Hall

Guest lecture with Larry Bennett, Wabash College; pre-concert talk on Ignaz Holzbauer's Hypermnestera: 3:15 p.m., Ford-Crawford Hall

Baroque Orchestra, Stanley Ritchie, Conductor, Ignaz Holzbauer, Hypermnestera: 4 p.m., Auer Concert Hall

University Orchestra with Arthur Fagen, Conductor (Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman; Glière: Concerto for Harp & Orchestra, Op. 74; Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95): 8 p.m., Musical Arts Center

Don't miss the Jacobs School of Music student recitals throughout ArtsWeek, with many additional performances.

About ArtsWeek

Since its inception in 1984, ArtsWeek has grown into a significant annual showcase for the wealth of creative work at IU and in the city of Bloomington, with prestigious performers, artists and journalists from across the country taking part in ArtsWeek activites. Over its 25-year history, ArtsWeek has extended artistic expression in startling new directions, from graffiti to 3-D computer modeling, ballet to computer-enhanced dance performance, ice carvings to sound gardens, poetry to a pie-laden table sculpture in the middle of the street.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, see the ArtsWeek 2009 Web site at