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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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The 2007 IU Summer Music Festival -- an international feast of plenty

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Vocal ensemble Chanticleer one of many tempting elixirs

April 25, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Attracting an impressive array of internationally renowned musicians and showcasing some of the extraordinary faculty and student talent at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, the upcoming IU Summer Music Festival (June 17-Aug. 4) promises sonorous and visual splendor.

The festival features more than 30 events in Bloomington, including an opera theater production, orchestral concerts directed by famed guest conductors, an expanded chamber music series, the return of last summer's Festival Jazz Orchestra, outdoor band concerts, an acclaimed vocal ensemble and numerous solo performances. The final concert of the 7th USA International Harp Competition with the Festival Orchestra adds a special touch to the already extraordinary line-up.

The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer is one of the surprise additions for this year. Acclaimed by the New Yorker magazine as "America's favorite choral ensemble" and lauded by the Los Angeles Times for its "luxurious perfection," the seamless blend of 12 male voices--including a Jacobs School alumnus--will perform a single concert in Auer Hall on July 6.

World-famous conductors Michael Stern, Roberto Abbado and David Robertson, will conduct the Festival Orchestra in the Musical Arts Center (MAC) on June 28, July 19 and Aug. 2, respectively, in performances that include Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony, as well as Mahler's Fourth and Fifth. Considered one of the finest ensembles in the region, the Festival Orchestra's musicians include distinguished faculty members and outstanding students at the Jacobs School.

The Festival Jazz Orchestra, led by Distinguished Professor, renowned jazz educator and composer David Baker, returns to the MAC on July 16. In a tradition established last year, the ensemble includes a number of the finest Jacobs School jazz alumni who have made their mark in the national world of jazz performance. The ensemble also includes members of the IU jazz faculty.

Festival audiences can look forward to hearing several acclaimed chamber music ensembles in Auer Hall, including the venerable Beaux Arts Trio (July 8-9), the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (June 17), the Biava Quartet (June 18, 24, 29 and July 5), the American Chamber Players (June 19), the Penderecki Quartet (June 24 and 27) and the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio (July 12 and 15).

The Watts-Shifrin-Wiley Trio (July 2-3) combines the powerhouse talents of two Avery Fisher Prize winners and one Avery Fisher Grant winner. One of the world's most celebrated pianists, Prize-winner André Watts joined the Jacobs School of Music faculty in 2004. Fellow prize-winner and clarinetist David Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. A former member of the Beaux Arts Trio and cellist of the Guarneri String Quartet, grant-winner Peter Wiley completes the ensemble.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio features IU faculty members Jaime Laredo, violinist, and Sharon Robinson, cellist. Making its debut at the IU Summer Music Festival this year, the trio has thrilled audiences worldwide for 30 years. The American Chamber Players includes IU piano professor Jean-Louis Haguenauer and National Public Radio personality and violist Miles Hoffman. Violinist Mark Kaplan and pianist Yael Weiss, two recent additions to the Jacobs School faculty, form two-thirds of the acclaimed Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio Trio.

Additional festival performers include violinists Carole Cole, Sara Kapustin, Soovin Kim and Vilmos Szabadi; violists Atar Arad and Evelina Chao; cellist Csaba Onczay, double bassist Peter Lloyd; and pianists Chih-Yi Chen, Christopher Harding, Jeannette Koekkoek, Yong Hi Moon, Tali Morgulis, Ann Shein and Corey Smythe.

IU Opera Theater offers what promises to be a lavish production of Gaetano Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, a perfect opera for a balmy summer's night. Flirtatious and boisterous, with ample magic potions and romantic confusions, this is comic opera at its vivacious best. Performances will be held July 27-28 and Aug. 3-4 in the MAC.

Founded in 1989 by renowned harpist and Jacobs Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald and hosted by the Jacobs School of Music, the USA International Harp Competition is one of the largest and most prestigious music competitions in the world, and consistently attracts the finest young talents from around the globe. The final concert of the competition (July 14 in the MAC), accompanied by the Summer Festival Orchestra, is a must-see.

Sunset band concerts will be held on the lawn of the Musical Arts Center, located on Jordan Avenue. The concerts, which will feature marches, popular favorites, solos and light classics, are scheduled for July 11, 18 and 25.

Some events are free and some require tickets. A Festival Pass, discounted by more than 50 percent, is offered to the general public (with further reductions for any full-time students).

For more information and a complete list of performances during the 2007 Summer Music Festival, visit

Additional activities
The IU Jacobs School of Music academic second summer session provides support for much of the IU Summer Music Festival. Other activities during the summer include Summer Adult Workshops in arts management, clarinet, natural horn, violin, viola, kodály, opera, wind band conducting and music cataloging. Summer Academies include ballet, college audition preparation, piano academy, string academy and a summer music clinic.

For more information on these activities, go to

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