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Summer Music Concerts Not To Miss: 2013 Edition

There are too many concerts to mention them all, but here are a few you'll want on your calendar.

a harpist performs with an orchestra

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The triennial USA International Harp Competition returns to Bloomington for the 9th time.

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Summer Music concert series

39 days of concerts from the Jacobs School of Music as part of the IU Summer Festival of the Arts


Various venues

June 14-July 23

Summer Music

IU Summer Festival of the Arts

The Indiana University’s Summer Music concert series at the Jacobs School of Music runs June 14 through July 23.  As in the past, there are too many concerts to mention them all, but here are a few you won’t want to miss in 2013.

June 14, 8pm, Musical Arts Center $
Festival Orchestra featuring pianist Menachem Pressler, conducted by Arthur Fagen

Weber: Overture to “Der Freischütz”
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G Major, K.453
Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28

If this opening concert of the series tells us anything, we’re in for a great summer. Pianist and IU Distinquished Professor Menachem Pressler makes an extremely rare orchestral appearance performing music of Mozart, and Arthur Fagen is at the helm of the orchestra for three iconic Romantic works by Brahms, Weber, and Richard Strauss.

June 27, 8pm, Auer Hall $
Rubens Quartet

Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet
Dutilleux: Ainsi la nuit
Bartók: String Quartet No. 4

The Netherlands-based Rubens Quartet is back for the first time since 2010 with their signature focus on 20th century repertoire. The program includes music of composer Henri Dutilleux, who died less than a month ago on May 22, 2013 at the age of 97.

June 28, 7:30pm, Buskirk-Chumley Theater Free
Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp Final Concert featuring vocal camp participants, as well as conductors Dominick DiOrio, Ly Wilder, Duane Davis, Michael Wheaton, Peter Eldridge, and Steve Zegree

The first annual Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp in Bloomington will no doubt go out with a bang. Zegree’s own brand of high-energy performance is sure to infuse the concert which also includes music conducted by another highly-acclaimed addition to the Jacobs Choral faculty, Dominick DiOrio.

July 10-20, Various dates, times, and locations Free
9th USA International Harp Competition

The triennial harp competition returns for the ninth time to Bloomington with 50 harpists from 20 different countries competing for one of the harp world’s most sought-after titles. The ten days will be chalk full of opportunities to hear the competitors and professional harpists from around the world, include jazz harpist Park Stickney.

July 12, 8pm, Musical Arts Center $
Festival Orchestra featuring soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, conducted by David Effron

The second Festival Orchestra concert features the stunning soprano voice of international opera star and IU adjunct professor of practice Heidi Grant Murphy. She’ll be performing music of Bernstein, Britten, and Richard Strauss, including the epic Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (A Hero’s Life). 

July 17, 8pm, Auer Hall $
Pacifica Quartet with Ilya Friedberg, Piano; and Atar Arad, Viola

Bartók: Quartet No. 6, Sz.114
Claude Baker: Tableaux funèbres for Piano Quintet (2003)
Dvorák: String Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 97 (“Viola Quintet”)

The Jacobs School’s ensemble-in-residence appears for the only time as a unit on this concert. Members of the Pacifica Quarter will be heard elsewhere in the summer, but they come together here with Ilya Friedberg and Atar Arad for a concert which includes music of faculty composer Claude Baker.

 

David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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