Artists’ palette, 2013–2014

 

Faculty Artist Concert Series: Variety is the constant

Wei-Yu-and-Keun-A-LeeUIndy’s acclaimed Faculty Artist Concert series continued its tradition of excellence this season with 18 concerts, including the season-opening gala with Maestro Raymond Leppard, the University’s longtime artist-in-residence. In addition to hosting the famed conductor, the University welcomed several other talented guests, including Michael Shelle, Wei Yu and Keun-A Lee, and Gabriela Lena Frank. A number of renowned local ensembles also graced the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center stage, including Echoing Air, the Ronen Chamber Ensemble, and the New Century String Quartet. The season also featured a rich mix of classical, chamber, jazz, and opera music.

Faculty and guests explored the intriguing diversity of American music, from classic Aaron Copland to the premiere of a new work by UIndy faculty member and composer Paul Berns. Cale Hoeflicker, Elisabeth Hoegberg, and Mitzi Westra explored music from the Hebrew tradition. Sylvia Patterson Scott and Mark Gilgallon joined Kathleen Hacker for a night of Italian songs by European masters. UIndy’s resident faculty ensemble, Molto Piano, performed music for four hands, six hands, and two pianos. The series wrapped with a whirlwind tour of the 18th through 20th centuries, covering pieces by Paul Hindemith, Brahms, and Charles Ives. Harry Miedema, Director of Jazz Studies and a member of the Indianapolis Jazz Hall of Fame, concluded the evening with his final performance at UIndy before retiring in May, offering “Solar” by Miles Davis.

Jazz: April is the coolest month

music-476Jazz Week at UIndy celebrated its seventh season, packing the second week of April full of energizing performances. Student ensembles kicked off the week, followed by Sophie Faught, Jamey Aebersold Quartet, and George Garzone. The week concluded with a performance by the Steve Allee Big Band. Steve Allee is a pianist, composer, and arranger from Indiana who has built an international reputation in a career that spans nearly four decades. He is the music director for the nationally syndicated comedy-variety program “The Bob & Tom Show” and is active as a music educator. The Jazz Concert Series continued to welcome local and regional artists to campus throughout the year. Notable performers at these free concerts included the Icarus Ensemble and Brent Wallarab. The Icarus Ensemble, featuring regular players with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, plays a broad mix of music: classically inspired jazz, jazz and pop standards, and original compositions from group members. Wallarab is a lead trombonist with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and an active educator.

Theatre: Spotlight on laughs

Love-Song---63This season the Department of Theatre produced three distinctive shows in addition to the annual Student-Directed Productions. The season opened with the Noël Coward classic Private Lives, a comedy of manners from 1930, known for its wit and sharp dialogue. Continuing its popular tradition of an annual dinner theatre production, the department turned to something more contemporary, offering Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway, a comedy taking place in the Tap Room of the stuffy Quail Valley Country Club. The season wrapped up with John Kolvenbach’s offbeat romantic comedy Love Song, described as “a rhapsody to the power of love in all its forms” and exploring a mysterious relationship after a burglary.

Art: Silver, heads, trucks, and more

The Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery showcased six exhibitions this season, all free and open to the public.

—Forms in Silver: Photography by Gayle Moore and Tom Potter Heads, Real & Imagined—northern Indiana sculptor
—Tuck Langland’s exploration of bronze sculptures
—Why Trucks?—paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures created by John Himmelfarb since 2003
—The Last Thirty Years, Paintings & Works on Paper—the work of Greg Huebner
—Clay, Form, Paint & Texture—abstract paintings by Tamar Kander and ceramic pieces by Jamas Brooke
—UIndy Art & Design Annual Student Exhibition.

The University’s Fifth Third Bank Campus Sculpture Walk, UIndy’s free, year-round outdoor art exhibition, continues to be a popular display when the weather cooperates. A variety of artwork graces the campus and features work by artists from around the country. For the full sculpture tour, visit the map of the Fifth Third Bank Campus Sculpture Walk at www.uindy.edu/arts/sculpture-walk.

Medley: Adding to the mix

There are many arts events on campus each year that don’t fit neatly into the established categories, including concerts of works by student composers as well as guest composers, various types of master classes, and much more. Here are a few highlights from the 2013–14 calendar:

—UIndy’s biennial Opera Theatre production—a collaboration between the departments of Music and Theatre—presented the Broadway classic Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night.
—Nationally known singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson performed on campus for a Homecoming Week concert.
—Acclaimed gospel singer Marvin Sapp and UIndy’s Voices of Worship gospel choir performed together for an expanded schedule of Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities. The program began with spoken-word performances by poets Jasmine Mans and Miles Hodges, members of the New York-based performance collective the Strivers Row.
—Poets and novelists shared their work as part of UIndy’s Kellogg Writers Series. Visiting writers included Patricia Clark, Roxane Gay, Jim McGarrah, Jennifer Percy, R. Flowers Rivera, Jason McCall, and Sandy Florian.
—The dynamic period-instrument ensemble Echoing Air celebrated Halloween on campus with “Echoing Scare,” a performance featuring the music of the later 16th to the mid 18th centuries and popular Halloween favorites.

Several composers visited campus, including David Gompper, Michael Shelle, and Gabriela Lena Frank. Schoolchildren and UIndy students also shared their original works at performances throughout the year.