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Eykamp String Quartet to Feature Student Performers

Posted: April 7, 2014

The University of Evansville and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra are excited to announce “Chamberpalooza!,” a concert featuring the winners of the first annual Eykamp String Quartet chamber music competition. The concert will include works by Mozart, Glazunov, Barber, Foote, and Schnittke, and is set for Thursday April 10, at 6:00 pm in Wheeler Concert Hall on the UE campus.

The program will also feature performances by the EPYO Mentorship Quintet, a chamber music group comprised of students from the youth orchestra and coached by the ESQ. Members of the 2013-14 Mentorship Quintet are Ian Sponseller and Meredith Walling, violins; Jimmy Schraeder, viola; and Adam Willett and Karin Roberts, cellos.

UE music majors and students from the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra competed in the Eykamp String Quartet competition, playing a movement of chamber music with the Quartet. Out of the great number of impressive auditions, four student performers were chosen. This year’s EPYO winners were clarinetist Corinna Waggoner and flutist Ellen Backer. Winners from UE were pianist Josh Kight and baritone Ian Murrell.

The program will also feature performances by the EPYO Mentorship Quintet, a chamber music group comprised of students from the youth orchestra and coached by the ESQ. Members of the 2013-14 Mentorship Quintet are Ian Sponseller and Meredith Walling, violins; Jimmy Schraeder, viola; and Adam Willett and Karin Roberts, cellos.

UE music majors and students from the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra competed in the Eykamp String Quartet competition, playing a movement of chamber music with the Quartet. Out of the great number of impressive auditions, four student performers were chosen. This year’s EPYO winners were clarinetist Corinna Waggoner and flutist Ellen Backer. Winners from UE were pianist Josh Kight and baritone Ian Murrell.

UE Department of Music Plans First Tuesday April Fool’s Day Concert

Posted: March 28, 2014

Celebrate April Fool's Day with the faculty of the University of Evansville Department of Music as they present a concert titled “A Musical Joke.” The concert will occur at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 1 in Wheeler Concert Hall and is free and open to the public.

The program will feature humorous works from the classical repertoire including Mozart’s “Musical Joke” for string quartet and 2 french horns, PDQ Bach’s “The Art of the Ground Round,” and “Sonata for Viola 4-hands and Harpsichord,” Jan Bach’s “2-Bit Contraptions,” “Isoldina,” by Clément Doucet, “Subadobe IV” by Fredrick Högberg, “Bach at the Double” by Teddy Bor, and “The King of Instruments” by William Albright.

Faculty members performing are William Bootz, Alicia Choi, Cara Dailey, Carol Dallinger, Anne Fiedler, Barbara Josenhans, Douglas Reed, Gregory Rike, Schuyler Slack, Kenneth Steinsultz, Jon Truitt, Jessica Tong, Garnet Ungar, Lee Veazey, Jennifer Wingert, Rose Wollman, and Marc Zyla.

Eykamp String Quartet to Collaborate with Guest Artists at UE

Posted: February 10, 2014

Two internationally acclaimed chamber musicians, violist James Dunham and cellist Michael Kannen, will collaborate with the University of Evansville’s resident faculty Eykamp String Quartet in an upcoming performance. The concert, featuring Arnold Schönberg’s chamber music masterpiece Verklärte Nacht, will take place in the University of Evansville’s Wheeler Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 16 and it is free and open to the public.

Violist James Dunham’s rich background includes having been founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Sequoia String Quartet and violist of the Grammy Award-winning Cleveland Quartet. An impassioned advocate of new music, he has premiered and recorded several works written for him by American composer Libby Larsen. Dunham is currently professor of viola and chamber music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he also co-directs its Master of Music in String Quartet program.

Cellist Michael Kannen was a founding member of Brentano String Quartet and is currently a member of the Apollo Trio. During his years with the Brentano Quartet, the group was awarded the first Cleveland Quartet Award, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, and a Royal Philharmonic Award, and was the first participant in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II. Kannen is currently the director of chamber music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he holds the Sidney Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music.??

Appearances by Dunham and Kannen are part of the UE Department of Music’s Friends Series and are made possible through the generosity of Friends of UE Music.

For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 812-488-2754.

UE Department of Music to Perform 34th Annual Holiday Pops Concert

Posted: December 4, 2013

The Department of Music at the University of Evansville will present its annual gift to the community – the Holiday Pops concert – next week. This festive celebration of the holiday season will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 10 at the Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville. The 34th annual concert is free and open to the public.

Holiday Pops brings together UE ensembles and soloists to perform holiday music. The evening includes performances by the University’s choirs, orchestra, and wind, brass, and jazz ensembles.

This year’s program features students and faculty members performing sacred and secular musical selections, ranging from “Greensleeves” to “Sleigh Ride” to music from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet.

“Every year, it’s a joy to see talented students share their love of music with the Evansville community by performing in the Holiday Pops concert,” said Thomas Josenhans, chair of the Department of Music. “The collaborative efforts of UE students and faculty make this performance a local favorite every holiday season.”

For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 812-488-2754.

December’s First Tuesday Concert to Feature Renowned Trumpet Player Graham Breedlove with UE Jazz Ensemble

Posted: November 25, 2013

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Hailed as “one of the most exciting trumpet players on the planet” by the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Graham Breedlove will be the featured guest artist in the University of Evansville Department of Music’s next First Tuesday Concert.

Breedlove will join the UE Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Timothy Zifer, for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3 in Wheeler Concert Hall. Like all events in the First Tuesday Concert Series, this concert is free and open to the public.

Breedlove will perform several of his own compositions and arrangements including “Bayou Farewell” and “Festival Time in the Ville.” Other selections for the evening include works by Nestico, Allen, Baker, and Lohorn.

Since taking up the trumpet at age 12 in his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, Breedlove has performed on four continents and in more than 20 countries, with headliners such as The Saturday Night Live Band, Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis, Ramsey Lewis, Darius Rucker, and Doc Severinsen.

The Graham Breedlove Quintet appears regularly at the Kennedy Center, and was recently invited by the Obama administration to perform at the White House. Currently, Breedlove is a trumpet soloist with the Army Blues jazz ensemble, part of the United States Army Band in Washington, D.C. Breedlove also presents clinics and master classes and appears as a guest soloist at colleges and universities across the country.

For more information on this concert or events in the First Tuesday Concert Series, please contact the Department of Music at 812-488-2754. For a full list of upcoming events, please visit the department’s online concert calendar.

UE Students to Perform in Professional Opera Production

Posted: November 18, 2013

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This Saturday, University of Evansville students will share the stage with some of the nation’s leading opera singers in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

The performance will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 23 at the Victory Theatre in Downtown Evansville. Tickets start at $23 and may be purchased on the EPO’s website, www.evansvillephilharmonic.org.

Sung in Italian, with an English translation projected above the stage, Madame Butterfly features a full set from Asheville Lyric Opera in North Carolina and costumes from Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Four professional opera singers will perform the lead roles, with approximately 20 UE students and additional members of the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus rounding out the chorus.

“Performing in a professional production of Madame Butterfly, one of the world’s most beloved operas, is an incredibly meaningful opportunity for our students,” said Jon Truitt, associate professor of music and director of UE’s opera program, who staged the production of Madame Butterfly and will also perform a lead role.

“I’m so proud of the dedication and professionalism that students have displayed throughout the rehearsal process: working all semester to master the challenging music, then adding the elements of staging, guest artists, and a full orchestra,” Truitt added. “Saturday’s performance is sure to be unforgettable for both the performers and the audience.”

This weekend’s production of Madame Butterfly marks the first time in 10 years that the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra has brought a fully staged opera to the Victory Theatre. Madame Butterfly was the orchestra’s first fully staged operatic production, performed to sold-out houses in 1999, and returns this year in celebration of Maestro Alfred Savia’s 25th season with the EPO.

Madame Butterfly tells the story of a Japanese geisha who gives up everything she knows to marry an American naval officer. What results is a compelling clash of cultures, forcing the young bride to make an excruciating decision.

The University of Evansville wishes to thank the Alcoa Foundation, Friends of UE Music, and the William E. Schmidt Foundation for their support of this production.

November’s First Tuesday Concert to Celebrate Composer Birthdays

Posted: October 31, 2013

The University of Evansville’s Department of Music will celebrate the birthdays of several prominent composers in next month’s installment of the First Tuesday Concert Series.

The concert, titled “Composer Birthdays,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, in Wheeler Concert Hall. Like all events in the First Tuesday Concert Series, it is free and open to the public.

November’s First Tuesday concert celebrates the fall birthdays of composers such as Benjamin Britten, Giuseppe Verdi, and Richard Wagner with performances of arias, chamber music, and more by 13 UE faculty members.

The first half of the program features performances by the Harlaxton Woodwind Quintet and Shepard Brass Quintet. The second half includes selections from the operas Falstaff and La Traviata.

The First Tuesday Concert Series, in its sixth season, showcases the talent of the University of Evansville’s music faculty as they perform works from seldom-heard masterpieces to beloved standards. All concerts are free and open to the public and take place on UE’s campus.

For more information on this concert or events in the First Tuesday Concert Series, please contact the Department of Music at 812-488-2754. For a full list of upcoming events, please visit the department’s online concert calendar.

Faculty Recital to Feature Newly Discovered Piece of Organ Music

Posted: September 20, 2013

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A recently discovered, unpublished composition of organ music, inspired by the art of James McNeill Whistler, will be the highlight of a faculty recital featuring Douglas Reed, UE professor emeritus of music and University organist. Reed will perform a free, public recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, in UE’s Wheeler Concert Hall.

In addition to traditional music by Bach, Buxtehude, Dupré, and Sweelinck, the recital will feature the Indiana premiere of a little-known composition by American composer William Albright: Whistler (1834-1903): Three Nocturnes. To date, the 20-minute piece, written in 1989, has only been performed at Harvard University, in Cleveland, and at the University of Wisconsin. It was inspired by three paintings by James McNeill Whistler: Nocturne in Grey and Gold: Chelsea Snow, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket, and Nocturne in Blue and Silver.

UE’s Reed studied under Albright at the University of Michigan, and the composer gave Reed a detailed program note about the work, which remained in manuscript form when he died. After Albright’s death, Reed discovered the composer’s sketches and hand-written performance score among Albright’s papers in the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. Working with these documents and a recorded performance of the work, Reed has re-notated and annotated the work in preparation for performances at the University of Evansville, at the Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, on September 28, and for future publication.

William Albright had a strong connection with the University of Evansville. The University commissioned two major Albright works: Four Fancies for Harpsichord (1979) with a grant from the Mesker Music Trust, and Symphony for Organ with Percussion (1986) with the support of the Friends of UE Music and a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Albright’s performances at UE included a Wheeler Concert Hall recital featuring piano jazz styles and the world premiere of his well-known Organbook III (1978-79) in Neu Chapel.

Reed has taught at the University of Evansville since 1975 and performed extensively in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. His chapter, “North American Organ Music after 1800,” appears in The Cambridge Companion to the Organ (Cambridge University Press, 1998). Reed has received grants for commissioning new music from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mesker Music Trust, and the University of Evansville. He is a past recipient of the University’s Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for Scholarship.

UE to Host International Day of Peace Concert

Posted: September 18, 2013

In observance of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, the University of Evansville Department of Religious Life, International Club, Interfaith Council, and Neu Chapel Society will host a concert featuring a diverse group of local performers.

The International Day of Peace Concert will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 22 in UE’s Neu Chapel. Admission is free, but donations of non-perishable food items are requested.

The concert will feature the Signature School String Orchestra, directed by Becky Simpkins; the North High School Choir, directed by Andrea Drury; the Joshua Academy Choir, directed by Monte Skelton; the First United Methodist Church Choir of Henderson, Kentucky, directed by Matthew Vanover; and University of Evansville music students and faculty.

Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. UE’s concert is scheduled on the following day, September 22, to maximize participation by the campus and broader community.

The United Nations General Assembly declared September 21 as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and people. The United Nations invites all to honor a cessation of hostilities during the day, and to commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. To inaugurate the day, the “Peace Bell” is rung at UN Headquarters in New York City.

UE Department of Music Announces 2013-14 First Tuesday Concert Series

Posted: August 22, 2013

The First Tuesday Concert Series, presented by the Department of Music at the University of Evansville, kicks off its sixth season on September 3.

The First Tuesday concerts, presented the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., bring together the outstanding talent of the University’s music faculty to perform works from seldom-heard masterpieces to beloved standards. All concerts are free and open to the public and take place on UE’s campus (specific locations noted below).

The 2013-14 series begins September 3 with the annual Fall Faculty Gala in Wheeler Concert Hall, which includes the presentation of the annual Friends of UE Music Distinguished Service Award to the UE Music Therapy program.

The First Tuesday Concert Series continues with the following performances:

October 1: Eykamp String Quartet, Wheeler Concert Hall. UE’s quartet-in-residence performs works from Mendelssohn, Bartok, and Mozart.

November 5: Happy Birthday to…, Wheeler Concert Hall. This concert celebrates the birthdays of several prominent composers, including Giuseppe Verdi and Benjamin Britten, with performances of arias, chamber music, and more.

December 3: An Evening of Jazz, Wheeler Concert Hall. Jazz trumpet virtuoso Graham Breedlove, called “one of the most exciting trumpet players on the planet” by the International Trumpet Guild Journal, shares the stage with UE’s Jazz Ensemble I.

February 4: Mahler Songs, Wheeler Concert Hall. UE Department of Music faculty members perform Schoenberg’s chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, one of the most influential vocal orchestral works of all time. 

March 4: University Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Neu Chapel. Two of UE’s premier student ensembles join forces for a performance of Haydn’s powerful Te Deum.

April 1: Musical Jokes, Wheeler Concert Hall. This April Fools’ Day-inspired celebration of humor in music features composers from Mozart to PDQ Bach, who have written music designed to make listeners laugh.

For a full listing of UE Department of Music concerts, please click here.

Members of UE Community Recognized for Excellence in the Arts

Posted: June 27, 2013

The University of Evansville had an excellent showing in this year’s Arts Awards, presented by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Faculty members and student performers in the Department of Music won two of the annual Arts Awards: Dennis Malfatti, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, was named Arts Educator of the Year, while UE Opera under the direction of Jon Truitt, associate professor of music, received the Ensemble of the Year Award. In addition, UE trustee Bob Jones and his wife, Lisa, were named Arts Advocates of the Year.

Arts Council leaders announced the honors June 27 at a news conference at the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery.

With at least two fully staged productions a year, UE Opera provides performing opportunities for music and non-music majors alike. In addition to performing, students learn the mechanics of staging and the sheer labor of putting together a full production. Some UE Opera alumni have gone on to prestigious graduate schools and successful careers, and the program has also created greater opportunities for Tri-State families to experience opera without the time and expense of traveling to major cities. 

Jon Truitt, himself an accomplished opera performer, directs the program and serves as head of the voice area at UE. “Teaching a full load of applied voice majors, he always has his students’ well-being at heart,” said Jack Schriber, chair of the Arts Awards committee, while announcing the award. “Exhibiting never-ending energy and optimism, he is demanding of his students, but always encouraging and patient.”

This fall, Truitt and the UE Opera will collaborate with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in a fully staged production of Madame Butterfly. 

Under the direction of Dennis Malfatti, the Arts Educator of the Year, the choral program at UE has flourished. The University Choir is recognized as one of the outstanding choral groups in the state of Indiana, and in May 2011, Malfatti conducted the University Choir and choirs from Indiana, Kentucky, New York, and California for a performance of Haydn’s Paukenmesse at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

A recent graduate stated, “To say Dr. Malfatti made a significant positive impact on my undergraduate experience would be an understatement.  I have never known a choir director to be so passionate about what he does, and he instills that passion in his students. He hold us to the highest standards of musicianship and discipline and we are all better musicians and students because of it.” 

In addition to his work at UE, Malfatti serves as director of music at Eastminster Presbyterian Church and directed the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus for four years. 

Bob and Lisa Jones, named the Arts Advocates of the Year, have been actively involved with the University of Evansville’s Department of Theatre, one of the nation’s top undergraduate theatre programs. Lisa served on the UE Theatre Society Board of Directors for six years, chairing numerous committees, in addition to serving as the president of the organization for two years. She has been awarded the Barbara St. Clair McKenna Award, the highest honor the UE Theatre Society can bestow.

Bob and Lisa have been generous contributors to UE Department of Theatre and UE Theatre Society fundraising campaigns, and in 2011, they personally funded the idea of “flying the fairies” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, through the expertise of ZFX Flying Effects. Bob and Lisa are dedicated theatre patrons and participate in the UE Theatre Society's Adopt-a-Student program. 

“Bob and Lisa don’t just lend their names to arts causes, although that in itself would be helpful, but they actively work with groups to improve the community,” said Schriber while announcing the award. “They regularly offer themselves as organizers for charity events, provide guidance on fund development efforts, and open their home or Old National Bank corporate offices to support arts activities.”

The Arts Awards will be presented at a banquet on Thursday, August 22 in the Walnut Atrium of Tropicana Evansville.

UE Opera to Perform "The Magic Flute" This Weekend

Posted: April 16, 2013

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A dragon, an evil queen, a trio of spirits, and love at first sight are just a few of the elements that make up W.A. Mozart’s beloved opera The Magic Flute, which University of Evansville students will perform this weekend.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 19 and 20 in UE’s Wheeler Concert Hall. Tickets are $10 for general admission and free to UE students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling the Department of Music at 812-488-2754.

Sung in German (translated for the audience above the stage) with spoken dialogue in English, The Magic Flute features full costumes, sets, lighting, and accompaniment by piano, flute, and cello. The opera tells the story of a prince on a mission to rescue an enslaved princess – with help from a flute that has magical powers.

The 29-member cast of The Magic Flute will perform under the direction of Jon Truitt, associate professor in UE’s Department of Music, who serves as head of the voice area and director of the opera program.

The Magic Flute is one of the most-performed operas in the world. It’s funny, romantic, and full of adventure and beautiful music, which makes it enjoyable for first-time opera patrons and seasoned fans alike,” said Truitt. “Students began rehearsing last fall, and I’m incredibly proud of the time and effort that they have put into singing and acting these challenging roles.”

The University of Evansville wishes to thank the William E. Schmidt Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, and Friends of UE Music for their generous support of this opera production.

Guitar Fest to Feature Local Musicians, UE Alumnus

Posted: February 18, 2013

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The Classical Guitar Society of Evansville and the University of Evansville will co-sponsor Guitar Fest, an annual concert that brings together local classical guitarists.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 22 in UE’s Wheeler Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $5 for any student, and free for UE students.

The first half of the concert will feature an ensemble of 12 guitarists performing works by composers such as Georges Bizet, Leroy Anderson, and Manuel Penella. The second half will feature Evansville musician Eric Lund performing Latin music by composers including Heitor Villa Lobos, Antonio Lauro, and Federico Moreno Torroba.

Lund, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, began his classical guitar studies at age 14. He came to the University of Evansville to major in music therapy and study classical guitar with Renato Butturi. As a UE student, Lund attended guitar workshops at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he took master classes with Clare Callahan, Jeffrey Van, Stanley Yates, and Carlos Perez. During his senior year, Lund was a finalist for the Department of Music’s prestigious Gumberts Award, which honors the top performer in the senior class.

After finishing his UE coursework in 2007, Lund completed a music therapy internship at Good Samaritan Home in Minneapolis, then returned to Evansville to accept a position with Integrative Music Therapy, a local private practice. He currently works as a music therapist for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Lund is also a certified Music Together teacher for early childhood music classes, holds a credential in neurologic music therapy, and performs regularly on guitar at events throughout the Tri-State.

For tickets or more information, please call UE’s Department of Music at 812-488-2754.

UE Music to Host Second Annual Swing Dance Fundraiser

Posted: February 4, 2013

The University of Evansville Music Management Association (UEMMA) will hold its second annual Swing Dance Fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 at the Old Courthouse in Downtown Evansville.

The event includes dancing and live music, performed by the UE Jazz Ensemble. Drinks, finger foods, and desserts will be available, as well as a cash bar. The evening also includes a silent auction with items that have been donated by area restaurants and businesses as well as gift baskets made by band members.

Proceeds from the event go toward UEMMA and UE jazz bands to help the groups travel to conferences and festivals, purchaseequipment and music, and host guest speakers and artists on the UE campus.
              
Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased by contacting Brittney Smith at 812-204-0339 or bs201@evansville.edu.

February's First Tuesday Concert to Feature "The Music of New York"

Posted: January 29, 2013

The University of Evansville Department of Music will pay tribute to the Big Apple in next month’s installment of the First Tuesday Concert Series, titled “The Music of New York.”

February’s First Tuesday concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 5 in Wheeler Concert Hall. Like all events in the First Tuesday Concert Series, it is free and open to the public.

The program features music written in, around, or about New York City. The program will open with the Eykamp String Quartet performing the first movement of Antonin Dvorak’s iconic “American” Quartet.  Flutist Shauna Thompson will perform New York composer Eldin Burton’s Sonatina for Flute and Piano, and Marc Zyla, consortium instructor of horn, will play Leonard Bernstein’s Elegy for Mippy. 

The remainder of the concert includes selections from Broadway favorites, including West Side Story, Candide, and Little Johnny Jones, and UE faculty members Elizabeth Robertson, Anne Fiedler, Jon Truitt, Erzsebet Gaal, Stacey Uthe, Gregory Rike, Richard Williams, Ross Erickson, and Garnet Ungar. 

The First Tuesday Concert Series, in its fifth season, showcases the talent of the University’s music faculty as they perform works from seldom-heard masterpieces to beloved standards.

For more information on this concert or events in the First Tuesday Concert Series, please contact the Department of Music at 812-488-2754. For a full list of concerts, please visit the department’s online concert calendar.

Classical Guitar Society Concert to Feature Daniel Bolshoy of Canada

Posted: January 22, 2013

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The Classical Guitar Society of Evansville and the University of Evansville are pleased to present a performance by classical guitarist Daniel Bolshoy of Montreal, Canada, who will perform works by Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, Michael Karmon, Augustin Barrios Mangore, and Sergio Assad.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 25 in Wheeler Concert Hall on the University of Evansville campus. Admission is $15 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for UE students. Tickets are available at the door.

Bolshoy is the head of the guitar division at the University of British Columbia School of Music. He is also the head of the guitar department at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music.

He has performed with international orchestras such as the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Toronto Philharmonia, the Edmonton Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the New Mexico Symphony, the Vancouver Philharmonic, the Beer Sheva Symphoniette (Israel), and the Manitoba and Ottawa Chamber Orchestras.

Bolshoy’s recitals are frequently broadcast on CBC Radio, and he has also appeared in two documentary films for the Bravo! (TV) series The Classical Now and appears on four commercial CD recordings.

He performs solo and chamber music recitals in Canada’s most prestigious venues, including the Glenn Gould Studio, the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, the National Art Centre, and Vancouver’s Chan Centre.

For more information, please visit www.danielbolshoy.com or contact the Department of Music at 812-488-2754.

Music Ensembles Invited to Perform at Statewide Convention

Posted: January 15, 2013

The University of Evansville’s University Choir and Wind Ensemble are among a select group of collegiate ensembles invited to perform at the Indiana Music Educators’ Association annual convention in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

As part of the IMEA convention, a professional development conference for Indiana music teachers, the Wind Ensemble will present a free, public concert at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 18 at Fort Wayne’s Grand Wayne Convention Center, Hall C. The University Choir will perform at 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 18 at Fort Wayne’s First Presbyterian Church, and for the high school Indiana All-State Honor Choir that evening.

The performances at the IMEA state convention are part of the University Choir’s and Wind Ensemble’s joint Winter Tour, which includes private performances at Evansville’s North High School, Olney Central College in Olney, Illinois, and East Noble High School in Kendallville, Indiana.

One of four choirs at the University of Evansville, the University Choir has built a reputation for performances of major choral-orchestral masterworks, a cappella music ranging from the Renaissance through the 21st century, part songs, and spirituals. In May 2011, the University Choir joined five other choirs from Indiana, Kentucky, New York, and California to perform Haydn’s Paukenmesse at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. This milestone performance for the choir was conducted by University of Evansville’s director of choral activities, Dennis Malfatti.

At the IMEA convention, the University Choir’s program will include works by UE faculty member William Hemminger and alumnus Ronald Kauffmann. The choir’s performance at the 2013 IMEA convention is their second IMEA appearance in recent years, having also been invited to perform at the convention in 2010. That same year, the choir had the privilege to perform in a master class with the world-renowned vocal sextet, the King’s Singers.

The University of Evansville Wind Ensemble is composed of UE’s finest brass, woodwind, and percussion performers. The ensemble performs a wide variety of literature from major masterworks for the modern wind band to more intimate chamber literature. The ensemble is also actively involved in commissioning and performing new works. In addition to its campus concerts, the group represents the University both regionally and nationally. Membership is by audition and is open to UE students of any major.

Department of Music to Host Annual Holiday Pops Concert

Posted: November 28, 2012

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The Department of Music at the University of Evansville will host its 33rd annual Holiday Pops concert next week. This festive celebration of the holiday season will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 4 at the Victory Theatre in downtown Evansville. The concert is free and open to the public.

Holiday Pops brings together ensembles and soloists to perform holiday favorites. The evening includes performances by the University’s choirs, orchestra, and wind and jazz ensembles.

This year’s program features around 190 University of Evansville students and five faculty members performing sacred and secular musical selections, including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Greensleeves,” and music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite.” The concert will conclude with an audience sing-along of favorite Christmas carols.

“Every year, it’s a joy to see talented students share their love of music with the Evansville community by performing in the Holiday Pops concert,” said Thomas Josenhans, chair of the Department of Music. “The collaborative efforts of UE students and faculty make this performance a local favorite every holiday season.”

For more information, please contact the Department of Music at 812-488-2754.

November's First Tuesday Concert to Feature "Frankenstein!!"

Posted: October 29, 2012

In a nod to Halloween, the University of Evansville Department of Music will perform Heinz Karl Gruber’s Frankenstein!! for next month’s installment of the First Tuesday Concert Series.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 6 in Wheeler Concert Hall. Like all events in the First Tuesday Concert Series, it is free and open to the public.

The performing ensemble for Frankenstein!! is comprised of UE music faculty and the resident string quartet, the Eykamp String Quartet. The work, a series of children’s rhymes by H.C. Artmann, is performed by a narrator and orchestra and was originally composed in 1971 for an arts ensemble in Vienna. In 1978, Gruber reworked the composition for both full orchestra and chamber ensemble.   ?

“The 33-minute work is unique in that it requires the musicians and narrator to pick up and perform on toy instruments and also to be theatrical,” said Thomas Josenhans, chair of the Department of Music. “The performance of Frankenstein!! is sure to be both enjoyable and memorable.”

Poems in the suite include “Miss Dracula,” “Goldfinger and Bond,” “John Wayne,” “Monster,” “Frankenstein,” and “Superman.” 

For more information on this concert or events in the First Tuesday Concert Series, please contact the Department of Music at 812-488-2754. For a full list of concerts, please visit the department’s online concert calendar.

National Symphony Orchestra Violinist Featured in UE Guest Recital

Posted: October 11, 2012

Violinist Joel Fuller, a member of the Washington, D.C.-based National Symphony Orchestra, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 24 in the University of Evansville’s Wheeler Concert Hall.

 

The concert is free and open to the public, and the program includes works by Debussy, Faure, Bach, and Ysaye. Pianist Jiyoung Oh will accompany Fuller.

Prior to joining the National Symphony Orchestra, Fuller served as the assistant principal second violin of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. He also spent three years as the assistant concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic, enjoying many opportunities to solo with the orchestra there. As a chamber musician, Fuller was the first violinist of the University of Michigan Graduate String Quartet and founding member of the Sonare and Vanderbilt String Quartets. He is currently a member of the IBIS Chamber Music Society and Musica Aperta ensembles in Washington, D.C.

As a student, Fuller was awarded a three-year orchestral fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado. He was one of only two to receive the honor for the 2001 summer season. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Music degree in violin performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan. Fuller has won numerous awards and competitions including the ASTA competition and both the University of Wisconsin Concerto Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. He is honored to play on the “ex Powell” Omobono Stradivari violin, generously loaned to him by the John C. Schroeder trust for musical excellence.

Pianist Jiyoung Oh is a member of the faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. Oh received her Doctorate in Musical Arts from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a Chancellor’s Fellow and her Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the U.S. and Canada, and participated in summer festivals including the Aspen School of Music and the International Holland Music Sessions in Bergen. This past year, she was an interim piano faculty member at James Madison University where she taught piano and doctoral piano seminars. Prior to that, she taught at Lewis and Clark College and Indiana University. She was also a former adjudicator at the Virginia Music Teacher's Association State Competition. Oh is also a freelance pianist in the greater D.C. area.

Classical Guitar Concert to Feature UE Alumni Quartet

Posted: October 3, 2012

Next weekend, four University of Evansville alumni — all classical guitarists and former students of UE assistant professor of music Renato Butturi — will travel from as far away as Las Vegas to perform a reunion concert at UE.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 13 in Wheeler Concert Hall. Admission is $15 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for UE students.

The concert, co-sponsored by the Classical Guitar Society of Evansville and the University of Evansville, will feature Duane Corn ’90, Steve Dumbacher ’92, Tim Robinson ’91, and Troy Wright ’85 performing works by composers such as J.S. Bach, Gilbert Biberian, Jeffrey Van, and Luigi Boccherini.

Corn graduated from UE with a Bachelor of Music degree in performance as well as a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Upon completion of his studies at UE, Corn earned a master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Corn, now living in Lexington, Kentucky, is an active performer and teacher who has completed the Suzuki Guitar School teacher training for books 1, 2, and 3.

Dumbacher began his study of classical guitar at the University of Cincinnati CCM. After graduating from the University of Evansville, he went on to receive a master’s degree in performance from the University of Minnesota. Dumbacher now resides in Chicago and has performed throughout the United States. He works in the entertainment industry producing concerts and corporate shows globally.


Robinson grew up in a family of music educators and performers in Asheville, North Carolina, and Lexington, Kentucky. In 1991, he received UE’s prestigious Gumberts Award, presented each year to the most outstanding senior music major. Robinson went on to study in the Master of Music program at the University of Cincinnati CCM. He currently lives in Las Vegas and works in performing arts management.

Wright is a 1985 graduate of the University of Evansville, where he studied trumpet with James Bursen and guitar with Renato Butturi. He also received a master’s degree in classical guitar performance at the University of Cincinnati CCM. Wright is the guitar instructor at the Musical Arts Center in Cincinnati, where he has been teaching since 1995.

October's First Tuesday Concert at UE to Celebrate Evansville's Bicentennial

Posted: September 25, 2012

On Tuesday, October 2, the University of Evansville Department of Music will present a concert in honor of the City of Evansville’s Bicentennial, featuring the world premiere of a new work composed for the occasion. The concert, part of the First Tuesday Concert Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Neu Chapel and is free and open to the public.

In recognition of the University’s contributions to the city’s cultural life, the program will feature works composed specifically for UE’s Department of Music. The University Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble will perform works by Ronald Kauffmann, Josh Stallings, and John Corigliano, and the concert will also include the world premiere of a new work by University Symphony Orchestra director Brian St. John.

The concert will open with Jubilate Deo by Ronald Kauffmann, commissioned by the Friends of UE Music to honor Shirley Shepherd. Shepherd, an alumnus of Evansville College, taught vocal music in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation for 41 years. Kauffmann, a former student of Shepherd’s, graduated from UE in 1971. He majored in voice and minored in both trombone and piano.

The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Timothy Zifer, will perform Bells of November. The composer, UE student Josh Stallings, is a theatre design and technology major with associated studies in music, and is completing a Jazz Studies Certificate. Bells of November was composed in 2010 and was inspired by the Olmsted Hall chimes. The work was presented at the 2011 Elmhurst Jazz Festival where it received an honorable mention award.

The highlight of the concert will be the University Symphony Orchestra’s world premiere of Brian St. John’s Dominion Overture. Written specifically for this event, the piece describes aspects of the settlement of Evansville, musically depicting clearing of land, construction of residences, and an emerging community arising next to the Ohio River. St. John has composed numerous works including a piano concerto, a bass concertino, a double concerto for mandolin, mandola, and string orchestra, and seven ballets.

The program will conclude with the Wind Ensemble’s performance of John Corigliano’s Gazebo Dances, directed by Kenneth Steinsultz. Corigliano has emerged in recent decades as one of America’s prominent composers. Among his best-known works are his opera Ghosts of Versailles and his Oscar-winning score to the movie The Red Violin. He has received numerous prestigious awards including a Pulitzer Prize, the Grawemeyer Award, and three Grammys. Gazebo Dances was premiered in 1973 by the University of Evansville Wind Ensemble under the direction of Robert Bailey.

First Tuesday Concerts, presented the first Tuesday of each month, showcase the talent of the University of Evansville music faculty (and occasionally students) as they perform works from seldom-heard masterpieces to beloved standards.

For more information, please contact the University of Evansville Department of Music at 812-488-2754 or visit the department’s concert calendar.