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Butler ArtsFest, which really stepped it up last year to commemorate the opening of the Schrott Center, is on the way April 3-13 (and April 25-27) with another impressive lineup featuring Angela Brown, My Brightest Diamond, Blind Boys of Alabama and some of Indy's finest performing arts groups. This year's theme is "Fables, Fairy Tales, and Physics." Tickets are available at Butler's Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts and at Here's the lineup from a recent news release:

Angela Brown Sings Highlights from Porgy and Bess
Thursday, April 3; 7:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$30
Metropolitan Opera star and Indianapolis native Angela Brown sings highlights from Porgy and Bess with the Butler Symphony Orchestra and Butler Chorale. The character Bess is one of her best known and widely performed roles. Under the baton of Stanley DeRusha, violinist Zak DePue - the young star concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra - will be the featured soloist in Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestral fantasy masterpiece, Scheherazade, also known as the Arabian Nights.

Art Gallery: Angela Lopez - Mythical States
Thursday, April 3 - Sunday, April 27
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free
The narrative watercolor and multimedia paintings of Chicago-based artist Angela Lopez explore power struggles and concepts of evil.

Once Upon a Time (space, matter, energy & light... )
Friday, April 4; 6:00 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free
Join physicist Andrew Gavrin and folklorist Rita Kohn on flights of imagination into real world matter and go home energized to engage in Albert Einstein's dictum: "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."

Once Upon a Dream
Friday, April 4; 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$25
The story takes flight on the wings of a dream in search of love and redemption. Created by and featuring the talents of storyteller Deborah Asante and Cirque du Soleil aerialist Tavi Stutz. (Not suitable for children.)

Dance Kaleidoscope: Mother Goose Suite and (Other Flights of Fantasy)
Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$25
Indy's own professional modern dance company, Dance Kaleidoscope, in a special program featuring David Hochoy's new choreography to Ravel's light and sumptuous Mother Goose Suite.

Bound by Stories
Saturday, April 5; 3:00 p.m.
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free
Join Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and a panel of artists, theologians, and historians, as they explore how the biblical myth of "The Binding of Isaac" (Genesis 22) travels through the centuries in literature, art, and music to help make sense of martyrdom and survival or to question faith and criticize war.

Composers' Orchestra Workshop: Making It Up as You Go Along
Saturday, April 5; 1:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall 112
Admission: Free
An improvisational workshop for musicians and non-musicians using graphic notation. Open to young people and adults.

Masterpieces for Two Pianos & Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Sunday, April 6; 2:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$25
Carnival of the Animals - a grand zoological fantasy for two pianos and nine players performed by Jeeyoon Kim and D.J. Smith and coupled with the witty poetry of Ogden Nash. George Crumb's magical Music for a Summer Evening, for two amplified pianos and percussion, performed by Kate Boyd and Anna Briscoe with percussionists Jon Crabiel and Heather Sloan. Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, an astonishing, humorous, and quixotic chamber adaptation by Richard Strauss.

The World on the Moon (Il Mondo Della Luna)
Monday, April 7; 6:00 and 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8; 7:00 and 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 9; 6:00 and 8:30 p.m.
Holcomb Observatory
Tickets: $25
A once-in-your-lifetime intimate operatic experience! Haydn's 1777 science-fiction comic opera specially staged for performance in Butler's Holcomb Observatory. The audience capacity for each 75-minute show is only 40, so get your tickets early.

The Two Maples
Previews Wednesday, April 9, and Thursday April 10; 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12; 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13; 2:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall Studio Theatre
Tickets: $5-$15
Butler Theatre will present the enchanting Russian fairy tale about a loving mother who sets out to save her sons from the wicked witch, Baba-Yaga. Written by one of Russia's most beloved writers, Evgeny Shvarts, this popular tale about the power of love is updated for a contemporary audience and appropriate for ages 5-95.

The Soldier's Tale
Thursday, April 10; 7:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$30
Butler Dance, Music, and Theatre present the world premiere of a new staging of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale (L'histoire du Soldat), a musical theatre piece based on the collected works of the Russian folklorist Afanasyev.

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Friday, April 11; 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $12-$30
The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Schrott Center's professional orchestra in residence, will present the world premiere of James Akman's Triptych: Musical Momentum On and works by Strauss and Mozart. The bassoon virtuoso Martin Kuuskmann will perform Christopher Theofanidis's Bassoon Concerto.

Jazz with Donny McCaslin
Saturday, April 12; 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50-$30
The great jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin joins Butler Jazz Ensembles for a sparkling night. Best known for his incisive twists and emotionally charged solos, his startling virtuosity and distinctive voice as a composer, McCaslin has been touring the world since he was 12 years old.

Butler Percussion Ensemble
Saturday, April 12; 11:00 a.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free
What musical instrument defines physics better than percussion - the act of creating sound by striking, scraping, or shaking! The Butler Percussion Ensemble will perform Critical Mass by Matt Moore; Music For Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich; She Is Asleep by John Cage; and Song for Queztecoatl ("The Feathered Serpent") by Lou Harrison.

Blind Boys of Alabama and My Brightest Diamond
Sunday, April 13; 7:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$40
Come for their first joint appearance in Indianapolis! Members of Blind Boys of Alabama first sang together at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega in the late 1930s. Nearly 75 years after they hit their first notes together, Blind Boys of Alabama are not only known for their longevity in the industry, but for the breadth of their catalog and their relevance to contemporary roots music. Since 2000, Blind Boys of Alabama have won five Grammys and four Gospel Music Awards, and have delivered their spiritual message to countless listeners. My Brightest Diamond mixes elements of opera, cabaret, chamber music, and rock. It is the project of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden, who sings the title track to the latest offering by Blind Boys of Alabama. The song, "I'll Find A Way (To Carry It All)," was written by Detroit-native Ted Lucas.

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26; 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $10-$52
In a mind-bending collaboration, Edwin Outwater and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra join together to create a musical experience at the frontier of science. This innovative, multimedia mash-up of art and science will entertain, educate, and enthrall, as it explores how music - and everything - works at nature's most fundamental level.

Friday, April 25; 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 26; 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 27; 2:00 p.m.
Clowes Memorial Hall
Tickets: $17-$28.50
Butler Ballet performs Cinderella, a magical three-act ballet based on the familiar fairy tale. The story comes alive in grand ballet style accompanied by the marvelous and fanciful 20th century score by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the Butler Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stanley DeRusha.


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