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Photo by Heather Brogden. IU dancer rehearses for Moses's "Hammer and Nail" piece. Courtesy of Indiana University

The Indiana University Bloomington Contemporary Dance Program and the Jacobs School of Music present the fourth annual Hammer and Nail Concert on the 18th and 19th in the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre.

Composer Jonathan Sokol is a grad student in composition in IU’s Jacobs School of Music.

“I got my first taste for this project last year. This year, I wanted to do something unique, so I’ve set a poem that I’d wanted to do for a while with a vocalist and a string ensemble. Part of the uniqueness is that at one time or another they all play triangles.”

Utam Moses is a sophomore in the dance program.

Last year she danced in Jonathan Sokol’s piece. This year she’s his choreographer.

“Although there is a text here, I’ve really worked for the mood through the setting and the motions of my dancers to create a certain feel, an almost wistful quality.”

Dance faculty member Selene Carter said that Hammer and Nail is free to the community, but they’re encouraging the audience to come to see the dances, to dine downtown and to donate to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

“Our catch phrase is Dance-Dine-Donate,” says Carter.

The vocalist for the piece is IU Jacobs School of Music student Elizabeth Pearse. She says nothing, but you can hear just a tantalizing bit of her singing when you listen to the complete piece.

The Hammer and Nail concert of original music and choreography takes place in the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Saturday April 18 and Sunday April 19, 2009 with program A at 4:00 p.m. and program B at 7:30 p.m.

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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  • Cheryl Pearse

    I wish I lived close enough to attent and hear the whole thing!
    Good luck to all especially Elizabeth!

  • J.J. Pearse

    Hooray for John’s piece! I’m very excited to be a part of it.

  • Brianna Burner

    Liz, you sound amazing! You will be wonderful! This piece sounds extremely interesting. I wish I could be there to see/hear this in person.

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