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Jacobs School of Music

Last modified: Thursday, April 7, 2011

IU Jacobs School of Music presents 'Music in the Media' panel discussion April 9

WHAT: Panel discussion about the media, reporting and the arts
WHEN: Saturday, April 9, at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Musical Arts Center, Room 301, 101 N. Jordan Ave., IU Bloomington campus

April 7, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Concurrent with the premiere of IU Opera Theater's Vincent, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will present a panel discussion this Saturday, April 9, at 9 a.m. in Room 301 of its Musical Arts Center. The event about the media and the arts, with representatives from local, regional and national organizations, is free and open to the public.

Vincent, the opera about painter Vincent van Gogh by composer Bernard Rands and librettist J. D. McClatchy, receives its world premiere this weekend, April 8 and 9. Additional performances are April 15 and 16. Visit for tickets and comprehensive information.

Saturday's panel will be moderated by Bloomington classical music columnist Peter Jacobi and includes Susan Elliott (Musical America), Andrew Patner (Chicago Sun-Times), Norman Ryan (Schott Music publishing) and Elizabeth Kramer (Louisville Courier-Journal).


Susan Elliott

Susan Elliott is the news editor for and has contributed articles to the New York Times, Dance Magazine, Symphony and Opera News. A composer by training, Elliott is a one-time critic for the New York Post and former managing editor of High Fidelity/Musical America under the late Shirley Fleming. She is an officer on the board of the Music Critics Association of North America.

Andrew Patner

Chicago-based author, broadcaster, journalist and arts critic, Andrew Patner is the classical music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. He is a critic-at-large for 98.7 WFMT Radio Chicago and He is the author of I.F. Stone: A Portrait (Pantheon, 1988; Anchor pb, 1990) and his blog, Andrew Patner: The View from Here.

Norman Ryan

Norman Ryan has held positions at the New York City Opera, The Public Theater, in the programming department of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and, most recently, at G. Schirmer, Inc., where he was creative director. In his roles at G. Schirmer and now at Schott Music, he has worked with many of the world's leading composers of contemporary music and opera and collaborated on projects with such distinguished opera companies as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Minnesota Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), American Opera Projects and Opera Boston, among many others. He is a contributing writer to Stagebill and Playbill magazines. He serves on the board of directors of OPERA America, the American Music Center, Music Publishers' Association, American Opera Projects, and Fort Greene Park Conservancy (Brooklyn) and was formerly on the Music Advisory Board for the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS.

Elizabeth Kramer

Elizabeth Kramer is the primary arts writer at the Courier-Journal, Louisville's daily newspaper. She was previously the arts and humanities reporter at Louisville Pubic Media in Kentucky, where she produced stories originating from throughout the region. Her stories also aired on National Public Radio. She also served as the managing editor and arts and special projects editor of the Louisville Eccentric Observer, an alternative newsweekly. Before returning to her hometown of Louisville, Kramer worked at WMUB in Oxford, Ohio, and lived in New York City, where she regularly contributed reports to WFUV and earned her graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. During much of the 1990s, Kramer worked in international humanitarian development and relief for UNICEF in Africa. She earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, where she studied journalism and political science. In 1986-87, she served as arts editor of the Indiana Daily Student.

Peter Jacobi

Peter Jacobi is professor emeritus and visiting Riley professor at Indiana University's School of Journalism, and former professor and associate dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He serves as music columnist and critic for the Bloomington Herald-Times newspaper as well as columnist on writing techniques for the professional newsletter Editors Only. Among his book credits are The Magazine Article: How to Think It, Plan It, Write It; Writing with Style: The News Story and the Feature; and The Messiah Book: The Life and Times of G. F. Handel's Greatest Hit.