This fall, Maestro Raymond Leppard will once again conduct the opener in UIndy's Faculty Artist Concert Series, presiding over the Sept. 15 20th anniversary celebration of the opening of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center and its 500-seat Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. The free gala opener — and take note that all performances in the series are free — will open with Holst's St. Paul Suite for Strings, Bach's Brandenberg Concerto No. 4 and excerpts from Handel's Rodelinda. After intermission, UIndy's choral ensembles and Festival Orchestra will join Leppard for selections from Mozart's Mass in C Major.
And that's just the first night. The 2014-15 Faculty Artist Concert Series numbers 19 concerts, all on Monday nights — and that's all the better to avoid conflicts with ISO or ICO performances. Jazz, classical and world music are represented, with UIndy's new Director of Jazz Studies, trombonist Freddie Mendoza, playing the first jazz concert Sept. 22. Of note, an Oct. 6 local composers showcase featuring new chamber works; "Musical Journeys of Immigrant Composers," a Nov. 10 Spirit and Place program featuring works by Rachmaninov, Weill, Chen Yi and plenty of others (with representative from the Immigrant Welcome Center of Indianapolis on hand); a collaboration with the Ronen Chamber Ensemble featuring music by African-American composer; and performances by the ensembles Molto Piano (Jan. 26) and Echoing Air (Feb. 23).
Gala Opening Concert with Maestro Raymond Leppard
7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15
Featuring Raymond Leppard, Artist-in-Residence, University of Indianapolis, and Conductor Laureate, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Austin Hartman, violin; Anne Reynolds, flute; Tamara Thweatt, flute; Kathleen Hacker, soprano; Mitzi Westra mezzo-soprano; University of Indianapolis Festival Orchestra; University choral ensembles
Maestro Raymond Leppard and faculty artists will celebrate 20 years of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center with Gustav Holst’s spirited St. Paul’s Suite for strings, J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and excerpts from Handel’s 1725 masterpiece, Rodelinda. During a break with choral director Paul Krasnovsky, Leppard will discuss his distinguished career of 60 years. He then will lead UIndy’s choral ensembles and the Festival Orchestra in selections from Mozart’s Mass in C Major, K. 257.
7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22
Freddie Mendoza, trombone; Steve Allee, piano; Nick Tucker, bass; Steve Houghton, drums
Newly appointed Director of Jazz Studies Freddie Mendoza has performed with many of the greatest names in jazz for the past quarter century. He will lead a cast of local all-stars for an evening of jazz standards and more modern fare.
7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29
Kathleen Hacker, soprano; Tamara Thweatt, flute; Gregory Martin, piano; Nemanja Ostoich, guitar; Peter Hansen, double bass; Vu Nguyen and Larry Powell, trumpets; Darin Sorley, horn; Blake Schlabach, trombone; Glen Dimick, tuba
This eclectic evening will highlight music of three continents: Un Sueño en la Floresta for solo guitar by Agustin Barrios; Paganini’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini for double bass and piano; and Don Freund’s “Backyard Songs” for soprano, flute and piano, set to the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks. The second half of the program will feature UIndy brass faculty in music of Anthony DiLorenzo and the Uruguayan composer Enrique Crespo (Suite Americana).
Local Composers at UIndy
7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6
Composers Andrew Mead of the IU Jacobs School of Music, Fulbright award winner Alexis Bacon and James Aikman, Composer–in-Residence with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, will bring a program of new chamber works with influences ranging from Hoosier folk tunes to the finely faceted patterns of modernism.
7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20
Tamara Thweatt, flute; Gregory Martin, piano; Darin Sorley, horn; Rebecca Sorley, piano; Mack Lamont, percussion; Freddie Mendoza, trombone; Nick Tucker, bass
Faculty members will collaborate in compelling works of the duo repertory from the 20th and 21st centuries: the recent “Phoenix” for horn and piano by Anthony DiLorenzo; the premiere of a new work for flute and percussion by UIndy alum Mack Lamont; and classic jazz from Freddie Mendoza and Nick Tucker. Tamara Thweatt and Gregory Martin will conclude the evening with a World War II-era classic of Sergei Prokofiev, the Sonata in D Major for flute and piano, Op. 94.
7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27
Austin Hartman, violin; Sarah Page, violin; Dennis McCafferty, cello; Richard Ratliff, piano; Pamela French, oboe; Mark Ortwein, bassoon; Nemanja Ostoich, guitar; Paul Berns, percussion
Classic modernism, the whimsy of George Crumb and an epic work by Franz Schubert will animate this lively evening of chamber music, including the French neoclassicism of André Jolivet’s Sonatine for oboe and bassoon and Crumb’s Mundus Canis (“A Dog’s World”). The evening will open with a selection of Bartók’s lively Duos for two violins and conclude with Schubert’s monumental 1827 masterwork, the Piano Trio in E-flat, D. 929.
Baroque and Beyond
7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3
Thomas Gerber, harpsichord; Marko Petričić, organ and bayan
UIndy faculty members Marko Petričić and Thomas Gerber will explore compositions from the early 17th century (Gabrieli) to the present day (UIndy’s John Berners) in a program of music for organ and harpsichord including duets by 300th birthday boy C.P.E. Bach. Gerber will perform a suite by Jean-Philippe Rameau, in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death, and Petričić will spice up the evening with music of Johann Kaspar Kerll, Louis-Claude Daquin and Gottlieb Muffat on the positive organ and his exotic bayan.
Musical Journeys of Immigrant Composers
7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10
Elisabeth Hoegberg, piano; Rebecca Sorley, piano; Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Ingrid Fischer-Bellman, cello
Presented in collaboration with the 2014 Spirit and Place Festival, “Musical Journeys” will feature faculty performers with guest cellist Ingrid Fischer-Bellman in the music of immigrant composers Chen Yi, Sergei Rachmaninov, Kurt Weill, Paul Ben-Haim, Joachim Stutschewski, and Marc Lavry. Representatives from the Immigrant Welcome Center of Indianapolis will provide additional perspectives on the immigrant experience.
Classics to Moderns
7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17
Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Nemanja Ostoich, guitar; Anne Reynolds, flute; Cathryn Gross, clarinet; Robert Simonds, violin; Dennis McCafferty, cello; Gregory Martin, piano; Mack Lamont, percussion; Paul Krasnovsky, conductor
New Century String Quartet: Dean Franke and Lisa Scott, violins; Susan Chan, viola; Dennis McCafferty, cello
Faculty and guests will present a varied evening of ensemble masterworks, with the European “high classical” style sharing the stage with important works of the past century. The program includes Haydn’s cleverly unpredictable “Joke” Quartet, Op. 33, No. 2, and Benjamin Britten’s Songs from the Chinese for solo voice and guitar. Paul Krasnovsky will lead the instrumental ensemble in Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Joseph Schwantner’s kaleidoscopic Music of Amber from 1981.
7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26
Minju Choi, Sharon Parr, Rebecca Sorley, piano
UIndy resident faculty ensemble Molto Piano performs music for piano four-hands and two pianos. Featured works include Schubert’s Fantasy in F minor, D. 940; the sprightly 1918 Sonata of Francis Poulenc; Stravinsky’s Tango for two pianos; and the jazz-inspired “Urban Pulse” by German-Canadian composer Marcel Bergmann.
The American Story
7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2
Kathleen Hacker, soprano; Sylvia Patterson Scott, piano
American art song has assimilated the most endearing qualities of contemporary and historical American music and theatre. This program will celebrate the vocal music of American composers Jake Hegge, John Corigliano, Mark Adamo, Gene Scheer, Leonard Bernstein, André Previn and others.
Mozart to Motown
7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9
Austin Hartman, violin; Richard Ratliff, piano; Tamara Thweatt, Baroque flute; Anne Reynolds, flute
Art Reiner Trio: Kevin Anker, piano; Jonathan Wood, bass; Art Reiner, drums
Faculty and guests will explore a richly diverse musical landscape, from Mozart’s dramatic Sonata for violin and piano, K. 379, to the jazz, pop and soul inspirations of the popular Art Reiner Trio. Also featured is the imaginative soundscape of UIndy composer John Berners’ “Moonrays on Marin” for Baroque flute and two modern flutes.
Inspiring Heritage: Music of African-American Composers
7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16
David Bellman, clarinet; Ingrid Fischer-Bellman, cello; Rebecca Arrensen, flute; Gregory Martin, piano
UIndy’s annual collaboration with the Ronen Chamber Ensemble will celebrate Black History Month with chamber music of African-American composers. Ronen co-founders David Bellman and Ingrid Fischer-Bellman will perform the Duo for clarinet and cello by Indianapolis native and IU Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor David Baker. Also featured are Anthony M. Kelley’s Grist for the Mill (2005) and excerpts from the Afro-American Suite (1969) by Undine Smith Moore. UIndy vocal students will join in the performance.
7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23
Steven Rickards and Nathan Medley, countertenors; Jeffrey Collier, tenor and recorder; Keith Collins, recorder and bassoon; Thomas Gerber, harpsichord and organ; Christine Kyprianides, viola da gamba
The period instrument ensemble Echoing Air will present a varied evening of music spanning nearly 200 years, from the later 16th to the mid-18th centuries. Featured composers include John Dowland, John Blow, Henry Purcell, Johann Kuhnau, Dietrich Buxtehude and Georg Philipp Telemann.
7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2
Austin Hartman, violin; Susan Chan, viola; Nemanja Ostoich, guitar; Marko Petričić, bayan; Pamela French, oboe; Mark Ortwein, bassoon; Matthew Bridgham, piano; Gregory Martin, piano
New Century String Quartet: Dean Franke and Lisa Scott, violins; Susan Chan, viola; Dennis McCafferty, cello
Faculty and guests will explore the intriguing diversity of the chamber repertoire, from the tango inspirations of the Argentine Maximo Pujol to the premiere of a new work for oboe, bassoon and piano by UIndy alum Matthew Bridgham. The program will include the 1906 Concert Piece by the Romanian George Enescu and Pujol’s Truco Suite of Pujol. Austin Hartman will join the New Century String Quartet for the 1889 String Quintet by German-American composer Charles Martin Loeffler.
Portraits and Narratives
7:30 p.m. Monday, March 16
Richard Ratliff, piano
Richard Ratliff will present an evening of vivid imagery and dramatic narrative, with music of European masters Scarlatti, Beethoven, Grieg, Kodály and Shostakovich, along with American composers Joseph Schwantner and UIndy’s John Berners. The centerpiece is Beethoven’s 1816 masterwork, the Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101. Ratliff’s Monday night efforts have earned high praise over the years for “splendors in clarity and precision” and “conviction in every phrase” (The Indianapolis Star).
Recreating the Past: the Idyll in France
7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23
Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Elisabeth Hoegberg, piano
Depictions of the idyll – a fleeting and idealized scene – permeate French post-Romantic music. Elisabeth Hoegberg and Mitzi Westra will explore incarnations of past poetic and musical idioms including Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, Poulenc’s stylized antique dances of the Suite Française, and settings of Renaissance texts by Debussy and Ravel. Also featuring works by Chabrier, Chaminade, and D’Indy, the evening’s program offers a diverse selection of historically influenced compositions expressed in the voluptuous musical language of early 20th-century France.
7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30
Gabriela Lena Frank, piano; Minju Choi, piano; Scotty Stepp, alto saxophone; Paul Bro, alto saxophone; Martha Krasnican, piano; Kathleen Hacker, soprano; Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Elisabeth Hoegberg, piano; Austin Hartman, violin; Richard Ratliff, piano; Anne Reynolds, flute; Pamela French, oboe; Cathryn Gross, clarinet; Mark Ortwein, bassoon
The Season Finale will feature a global tour of the 19th through 21st centuries, opening with a special guest appearance by esteemed composer Gabriela Lena Frank performing her recent Sonata Serrana No. 1 for piano duet with Minju Choi. Kathleen Hacker and Mitzi Westra will join pianist Elisabeth Hoegberg in vocal duets of Schumann. Austin Hartman and Richard Ratliff will team for classic Hindemith (the Sonata in E from 1935). UIndy’s wind faculty will feature the French neoclassicism of Jean Françaix (the 1933 Wind Quartet), while saxophonist Scotty Stepp welcomes guests Paul Bro and Martha Krasnican for a 2008 work of Japanese composer Jun Nagao, Paganini Lost.