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In The Limelight For April 5, 2011: Local Arts News

A look at what's in the headlines this week in local arts news.

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In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of IU's department of music, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will start construction on a new building Friday. April 8 is also the date of the premiere of a new opera there.

Here’s what’s in the limelight for the week of April 4, 2011 in local arts news.

Jacobs School Starts Construction On New Faculty Music Building

The IU Jacobs School of Music will break ground Friday on its $44 million new Faculty Music Building. The 85,000-square-foot facility, the construction of which is supported by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, will house 84 state-of-the-art teaching studios, as well as administrative offices, practice rooms, student spaces, an audio control room, and storage. At the northeast corner of Third Street and Jordan Avenue, its location marks the entrance to the School of Music’s section of campus. A reception will follow the 3 p.m. groundbreaking.

Vincent’s World Premiere

The Jacobs School is busy Friday; after the groundbreaking that afternoon, in the evening a new opera will premiere at the Musical Arts Center. The brainchild of Pulitzer prize-winning composer Bernard Rands and librettist J. D. McClatchy, Vincent tells the story of Vincent van Gogh, one of the most influential painters of the nineteenth century, and a man who was tortured by religion, alcoholism, epilepsy and, ultimately, madness. The opera was commissioned by the Jacobs School of Music, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Indiana University music department in 1910.

Indianapolis Music Groups Collaborate In The Name Of Bach

In other classical music news, next weekend April 16 the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will join the Symphonic Choir to perform J.S. Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. The performance marks the Hilbert Center conducting debut for Eric Stark.

  • Read about this and other Symphonic Choir performances on their Web site.

15-Year-Old Pianist Wins ISO Prize

A young pianist from Fort Wayne, Jiwon Park, won first prize in the 2011 Michael Ben and Ilene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians Contest, held by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. It’s the 15-year-old’s second big win; she also won a corresponding contest held this year by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Park was awarded $2,000 by the ISO; she will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor with them in June.

  • Information about her concert and other Symphony news can be found at their Web site.

Terre Haute: Hub Of Area Art

Two local exhibitions will showcase the work of local artists of all stages of their careers in Terre Haute this month. The Swope Museum will host the 44th Annual Student Art Exhibition from April 16 through May 14. The show will feature hundreds pieces by area students. The work of elementary and middle-school students was chosen by their teachers, but the 68 works of art by high-schoolers were chosen  by Kit Morice, curator of education at the Tarble Arts Center of Eastern Illinois University. Meanwhile, the Wabash Valley Art Guild will mount the 34th Annual Spring Art Exhibition at the Honey Creek Mall. The guild is accepting submissions from artists eighteen and older through April 20 for the exhibition, which will open on the 29th.

Rachel Lyon

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Rachel Lyon came to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing at IU. At WFIU, she is an announcer for All Things Considered and classical music, and she produces features for Artworks. Rachel's glad to be working in radio again after a long drought since her undergraduate years, when she was a DJ for WPRB, the independent station in Princeton, NJ.

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