Don’t miss these great art events!

UIndy will present more than 100 arts-related events again this year, offering a broad variety of vocal and instrumental music performances, theatre productions, art exhibitions, readings, and lectures. Most are free to the public and many are family-friendly. Here’s a teaser—but be sure to visit the arts website for the complete calendar.

The Faculty Artist Concert Series opens its 31st season Sept. 12 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 includes UIndy faculty Ariana Kim, Kathleen Hacker, and series organizer Richard Ratliff, along with the UIndy Festival Orchestra, performing the music of Bach, Haydn, and Mendelssohn. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Maestro Leppard talks about his recently published book of memoirs, Music Made Me, at 7 p.m. with music professor and choral director Paul Krasnovsky.

This season’s FACS includes 17 more Monday evening concerts, featuring the usual vocal and instrumental array in the genres of classical, contemporary, and jazz, plus concerts dedicated to such subjects as the melodies of France as well as music from all five continents.

The Department of Theatre offers audiences at least four shows from a variety of genres each academic year. This season opens with George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man Oct. 21–23 and 27–29, followed by Student-Directed Productions Dec. 2–4 and 8–10. Fans of the annual dinner theatre will enjoy Dennis Andersen’s production of Funny Valentines, Feb. 24–26 and March 2–3. The season wraps up with the production of Animals Out of Paper April 20–22 and 26–28.

The Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Art Gallery will host six exhibitions this season. Dana Chapman, Reflections of Comfort: Ceramic Quilts, is Aug. 29–Sept. 23, followed by the Biannual Painting Exhibition, a regional, juried exhibition of works that explore the use of oil paint in Contemporary Art, Oct. 3–28. Cell Phone Photography, a juried regional exhibition, is slated for Nov. 7–Dec. 9. Thirty years of Jim Kemp Pottery is set for Jan. 16–Feb. 10. Illustrations of Kristal Melson and Charlene Chua, international illustrators, is coming Feb. 20–Mar. 16.

The Jazz Concert Series includes four concerts in its fifth season, featuring talented local and regional jazz artists. The series opens Sept. 21 with local  saxophonist—and cardiologist—Stanley Hillis. Other performers this year include trumpeter Mike Hackett, Steve Allee with Dick Sisto, and jazz artist Jen Johnson. Jazz Concert Series events are in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center’s Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, and admission is free.

Jazz Week, set for April 9–14, includes performances by saxophonists Gary Campbell and Jamey Aebersold, drummer Tim Horner, the UIndy Jazz Ensemble, and Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

But that’s not all UIndy has to offer! Other highlights include the Kellogg Writers Series, Thursday Nights at the Keyboard, New Music, and student events. Here are a few other concerts to put on your calendar right away:

—International award-winning classical guitarist Petar Jankovic performs with a quartet of strings to present Spanish and Latin American music on Nov. 28.

—The annual Christmas Celebration concerts are Dec. 9 and 11.
—An opera theatre presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music is slated for Feb. 10 and 11, and the Bossa Rio Sextet will perform a jazz concert on Feb. 13.