Summer Music concert series
39 days of concerts from the Jacobs School of Music as part of the IU Summer Festival of the Arts
June 14-July 23
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 $
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.