Andr_ Watts, Sylvia McNair Among Performers During Indiana University's 'Celebrate IU' Week

Classic Arts News   Andr_ Watts, Sylvia McNair Among Performers During Indiana University's 'Celebrate IU' Week
The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host over 30 performances as part of "Celebrate IU" week, a university-wide series of special events from October 13-21 centered on the inauguration of a president and the opening of a new life sciences facility. Most concerts are free.

Among those performing are soprano Sylvia McNair, pianist Andr_ Watts, the IU Jazz Band led by composer David N. Baker, the IU Philharmonic led by Dave Effron, and several students.

McNair, a senior lecturer at the Jacobs School, will sing selections from Joseph Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne with the IU Philharmonic during the inauguration of the university's 18th president, Michael McRobbie, on October 18 at 3 p.m. The ceremony will also feature performances of David Dzubay's Inaugural Fanfare, written specifically for the occasion, and excerpts from Respighi's Pines of Rome. Organist Christopher Young, professor of music, will play in the processional and recessional of the event.

Later that night at 8 p.m., Watts will perform Grieg's Piano Concerto at the Presidential Inauguration Concert by the IU Philharmonic. Effron will also lead the orchestra in works by Beethoven and Shostakovich.

Baker, a distinguished professor of music and recent recipient of the Kennedy Center's Living Jazz Legend Award for lifetime achievement, will lead the IU Jazz Band in a second inaugural concert on October 21. Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano and an associate professor of music, will join Baker's band.

Student performances include those by the New Music Ensemble, which performs works by Luca Antignani, Stefan Freund, Reich, Aphex Twin and Webern on October 20, and the Pro Arte and Baroque Orchestra performing Bach's Missa Brevis in A major, BWV 234, on October 21.

Scholars Lewis Lockwood and Maynard Solomon will present "Biography and Music Symposium" on October 17, one of three lectures scheduled during the week.

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