UIndy Arts is back in action with more than 100 arts and cultural events on its schedule—most of them free
The Art Gallery in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center kicks off the 2012–13 arts season with the exhibition “FAB Crew: City Walls to Gallery Walls.” The FAB Crew (short for Fantastic Aerosol Brothers) will create a large-scale graffiti mural on Smith Mall, which will then join other FAB Crew artwork in the Gallery. Running through Sept. 21, the show is one of six exhibitions planned for the Art Gallery. Other shows include a retrospective of UIndy alumna and local artist Donna Maureen Stader ’68, who passed away earlier this year; sculptures and monoprints by Garry Bibbs; flag photography by Thomas Mueller; and a UIndy Department of Art & Design faculty showcase.
Faculty Artist Concert Series
The 32nd season of the Faculty Artist Concert Series opens Sept. 17 with a very special 85th birthday celebration for Maestro Raymond Leppard. UIndy Artist-in-Residence and the Conductor Laureate for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Leppard will lead the Festival Orchestra, University choral ensembles, and faculty soloists in music by Bach, Schubert, and Britten. The evening also includes a discussion with Maestro Leppard about his distinguished sixty-year career.
Admission is free and open to the public, as is the case for all 19 of the season’s FACS performances.
Other exciting FACS concerts on the schedule include Echoing Air (Nov. 19), 3rd Man (Feb. 11), and the Ronen Chamber Ensemble (Mar. 11).
The Department of Theatre rolls out its season just before Halloween, bringing audiences a musical that’s not only appropriate for that particular holiday but also a crowd-pleaser. Little Shop of Horrors opens on Oct. 5 (free preview available Oct. 4) and runs through Oct. 20. Then in November, the Theatre Department brings Stop Kiss to the stage, focusing on the aftermath of a first kiss between friends-turned-lovers. The Dinner Theatre, a department staple, is I Hate Hamlet (Feb. 14–23).
The Student-Directed Productions (Apr. 18–27) round out Theatre’s year.
UIndy Arts continues its tradition of bringing renowned jazz acts to campus with strong lineups for both the Jazz Concert Series and Jazz Week. The Jazz Concert Series starts out on Oct. 3 with “Trombonanza,” a trombone celebration with five trombones and a rhythm section. The series continues with alumnus Wade Baker ’06 performing Nov. 7 with his self-titled quartet, followed by the Ron Jones Quartet on Feb. 20 and the Brent Wallarab Quintet March 13.
The seventh annual Jazz Week returns April 8–13, spotlighting prominent combos and big bands of local, regional, and national renown. Featured Jazz Week artists are Steve Allee, Dick Sisto, Royce Campbell, Steve Davis, and the Midcoast Swing Orchestra.
Highlighted in this year’s New Music Series are two artists-in-residence. Composer and pianist William Bolcom is joined by his wife, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, for a three-day residency in October. In February, composer Carter Pann embarks on a two-day residency. Performances by both UIndy faculty and students will showcase Pann’s works, which have been played by ensembles such as the London and Seattle symphonies. For literature fans, the Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series brings writers of varying genres to campus for discussion and readings. This year’s authors include: Heidi Erdrich (Oct. 25), Matt Bell (Nov. 17), Stuart Dybek (Mar. 19), and Quan Barry (Apr. 4).
And much more