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IU Jacobs School of Music fall semester offers vast assortment of music and dance

August 29, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music kicks off its general 2012-13 major events season next week, offering a host of performances by orchestral, choral and wind ensembles, jazz combos and bands, chamber music groups, percussion ensembles, soloists and many others throughout the year.

Pacifica Quartet

The Pacifica Quartet makes it much-anticipated debut as the Jacobs School's quartet-in-residence Oct. 20.

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David Effron will conduct the IU Philharmonic Orchestra on Sept. 5 in a season-opening concert at the Musical Arts Center. The program will include Carl Maria von Weber's Overture to Oberon, Darius Milhaud's Concerto for Cello No. 1—with Jacobs professor Peter Stumpf—and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.

In a new twist, Jorja Fleezanis, professor of violin and Henry A. Upper Chair in Orchestral Studies, will lead the Chamber Orchestra Sept. 12 in a program featuring Ravel's String Quartet in F, Webern's Langsamer Satz and Beethoven's Symphony No. 1.

The Jacobs Organ Department will partner with Indiana Organists United to present a three-day celebration on campus Sept. 17-19. Among other elements, the biennial conference—"New Fingers for Old Music"—will feature a performance of J.S. Bach's Orgelbüchlein and a continuation of department chair Janette Fishell's "Seasons of Sebastian" series.

Other fall highlights include first performances by several new Jacobs School faculty members.

The Singing Hoosiers, under the direction of renowned vocal jazz conductor and educator Steve Zegree—following Michael Schwartzkopf's retirement last season—will give audiences a peak at what's in store at their bigger concerts with Fall Preview Oct. 5 and 6. They'll also take the show to Warsaw, Ind., Oct. 20. The popular show choir's annual Chimes of Christmas event will be Dec. 5, joined by the Wind Ensemble, with its Spring Concert March 23.

On Oct. 9, Bloomington audiences will be introduced to Dominick DiOrio—who follows Carmen Téllez as conductor of the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble—with "Vox Battuta: Voices, Percussion, and Combinations." The group's skills will be on display again Nov. 14 when it presents "War Dreams: Composers Give Voice to the Afflicted."

The Pacifica Quartet—the school's first quartet-in-residence, with all members on the faculty, in 50 years—makes it much-anticipated faculty debut Oct. 20.

Classical guitar fans will have plenty to enjoy at the Indiana International Guitar Festival Oct. 20 and 21, while opera fans will get the chance to applaud their favorites at the Indiana District round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Oct. 27.

Another choral highlight this semester is the performance of Joseph Haydn's oratorio Die Schöpfung (The Creation) by the Pro Arte Singers and Chamber Orchestra, conducted by William Jon Gray, chair of the Choral Conducting Department. The concerts will take place Nov. 2 and 3 in Auer Hall, with an Indianapolis performance Nov. 4.

IU Opera Theater will open its 64th season with a revival of W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni Sept. 14, 15, 21 and 22, with guest stage direction from James Marvel, music direction from Professor Arthur Fagen and sets by retired professor C. David Higgins.

IU Ballet Theater will open its new season with the fall ballet "Light and Shade" Sept. 28 and 29. Three trend-setting styles of dance will be presented with Twyla Tharp's Sweet Fields, Peter Martins' Eight Easy Pieces and Eight More, and Martha Graham's Appalachian Spring.

This season's live streaming schedule will include the first weekend of all six opera productions and all performances of The Nutcracker, as well as The Creation and Verdi's Requiem (April 17). All streams may be accessed through IU Music Live!.

The breadth and number of performance opportunities at the IU Jacobs School of Music are unparalleled in college music study, with the school offering more than 1,100 performances a year, including six fully staged operas on a stage comparable in size to that of the Metropolitan Opera House.

For a complete listing of the season's events, go to