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IU Art Museum to present rock-infused Bach concerts

The Indiana University Art Museum will present Passionate Convictions, a free, 75-minute concert event directed by Mark Doerries, a Jacobs School of Music graduate student and music director of the 2009 concert Dreaming in Darkness.

The Crucifixion

Albrecht Dürer, "The Crucifixion"

The concert will take place Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Thomas T. Solley Atrium of the IU Art Museum.

Classical music joins modern rock in this multilevel-staged version of St. John Passion, a musical production composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1724.

Doerries said he hopes to speak to people who have only been brought up on alternative popular music and introduce the music of Bach to a younger audience.

"I don't want to bring them to classical music, but move them with classical music," he said. "The content of the music doesn't change by transferring it to a different style. The meaning and content of Bach is always present. It's just the form and vehicle we use to spread the music that changes."

In conjunction with the performances, a self-guided tour through the IU Art Museum's Gallery of the Art of the Western World will highlight a selection of artworks that address the Passion story.

Refreshments will be provided after the performance courtesy of FARMbloomington. The event is sponsored by IU West European Studies Center and FARMbloomington.

About the Indiana University Art Museum

Since its establishment in 1941, the Indiana University Art Museum has grown from a small university teaching collection into one of the foremost university art museums in the country. Today, the IU Art Museum's internationally acclaimed collections, ranging from ancient gold jewelry and African masks to paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, include more than 40,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history. The IU Art Museum is located on 7th Street in the heart of the Bloomington campus. Galleries are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Angles Café & Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Galleries are closed on Mondays and major holidays. The museum and all exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.