The Arts at UIndy: Shake up your routine!

63 days. 36 events. (And that’s just the first two months.)

UIndy’s jam-packed arts season began August 30 with the INvision: Photography 2010 art exhibition, and this year’s lineup includes dozens of events you won’t want to miss. So shake up your routine and take advantage of the huge range of cultural events—many of them free. For details on the full season, visit http://arts.uindy.edu.

Faculty Artist Concert Series

The Faculty Artist Concert Series opened its 30th season on Sept. 13 with a perennial favorite: the gala concert featuring Maestro Raymond Leppard, artist-in-residence and conductor laureate of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. This year’s gala also included UIndy faculty Richard Ratliff, Kathleen Hacker, and Mitzi Westra, along with the UIndy Festival Orchestra, performing the music of Handel, Mozart, Schubert, and Domenico Cimarosa. Maestro Leppard participated in a preconcert discussion with music professor Paul Krasnovsky.

This season’s FACS includes 18 additional Monday evening concerts, featuring the usual vocal and instrumental array in the genres of classical, contemporary, and jazz, along with concerts dedicated to such subjects as opera, Chinese-American composers, and the poetry of Cattalus: “I Hate and I Love.”

Jazz
The fourth season of the Jazz Concert Series includes five concerts featuring talented local and regional jazz artists. The series opens Wednesday, Sept. 8, with local tenor saxophonist Rob Dixon and his quartet.

Other performers this year include Frank Glover and Zach Lapidus, the Sophie Faught Quintet, the Frank Puzzullo Trio, and UIndy alumnus Wade Baker (Portico, Spring 2010), who will perform with his quartet on Oct. 13.

All Jazz Concert Series events are in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, and admission is free.

The 2011 Jazz Week is scheduled for Feb. 21–26, and includes performances by the Bossa Rio Sextet, the UIndy Jazz Ensemble, tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, Claudio Roditi, the Midcoast Swing Orchestra, and saxophonist Bobby Watson.

Theatre
This year’s theatre season opens with an exciting premiere. UIndy professors Pete Schmutte and Brad Wright have been hard at work all summer putting the finishing touches on Shame, an original musical adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

While the production originated in the 1980s from Schmutte and his then-business partner, it was shelved after a limited run at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis. For the UIndy production, Schmutte is updating much of the music, while Wright works on the script.

The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, with additional performances Oct. 23 & 24 and 29 & 30. Admission is $10, or $8 for students, seniors, and groups of eight or more. In addition to Shame, the department’s productions include:

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,
a comedy based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet,
Dec. 3–5 and 9–11

There’s a Burglar in My Bed, a farce that serves as the annual dinner theatre, Feb. 25–27
and March 4 & 5.

Student-Directed Productions, selected scenes or one-acts, April 15–17 & 28–30

Art Gallery
The Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery will host six exhibitions this season.

—INvision: Photography 2010, featuring local photographers, Aug. 30–Sept. 17
Seeing the Land, UIndy’s second such juried show, which explores the use of urban and rural landscape in contemporary art, Sept. 27–Oct. 22

—UIndy Department of Art & Design Faculty Exhibition, showcasing the work of UIndy’s talented professors, Nov. 1–Dec. 10

—Terry Border: Bent Objects, a fun, eye-opening exhibition featuring the work of Indianapolis artist Terry Border, who gives formerly mundane objects (such as food, toys, and household items) “human” forms and personalities, Jan. 17–Feb. 11

—Emerging Artists, featuring the work of five UIndy alumni who are working as artists locally and regionally, Feb. 21–March 18

—ClayFest, a biennial juried exhibition of ceramic art produced by current and former Indiana residents, April 4–29

Miscellaneous events
Of course, we’ve touched on only a few of the many events coming up this season. Others include the Kellogg Writers Series, Friday Nights at the Keyboard, New Music, and student events.

In addition, here are a few concerts to put on your calendar right away!

—The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis will hold three concerts on campus Sept. 21–23.

—UIndy music faculty Ariana Kim and Marko Petričić will be featured in an Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Contemporary Circuit concert Oct. 30.

—The famed Tokyo String Quartet will perform on campus Nov. 10.

—The annual Christmas Celebration concerts are scheduled for Dec. 10 & 12.

—Ariana Kim’s New York-based contemporary improv ensemble Ne(x)tworks will perform March 25.

—compiled by Valerie Miller Wahlstrom ’07