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Music for All National Festival, Mar. 9-11, 2017

February 26, 2017 Leave a comment
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Hilbert Circle Theatre is one of several venues hosting events during this festival. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Music for All

INDIANAPOLIS – Outstanding school music ensembles and student musicians from across the country will gather in Indianapolis for the 26th Annual Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, on March 9-11, 2017, to present concerts and participate in music education workshops at top venues throughout Indianapolis.

The festival comprises the National Concert Band Festival, Orchestra America National Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Chamber Music National Festival, Middle School National Music Festival, and three national Honor Ensembles: the Honor Band of America, the Jazz Band of America, and the Honor Orchestra of America.

High school and middle school music ensembles were selected by recorded audition to perform at Clowes Memorial Hall, Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University, Indiana Historical Society, Hilbert Circle Theatre, and Warren Performing Arts Center.

These 59 ensembles will be evaluated by renowned music educators, and participate in professional master classes and special networking events. Invited concert bands, orchestras, percussion ensembles, and honor ensemble members participating in the 2017 Festival come from 32 states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

In its 26th year, the Festival continues to expand and thrive as an annual program of Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of music education, headquartered in Indianapolis.

“The non-competitive atmosphere of the festival provides a place for growth, cooperative encouragement, and mutual respect. The ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights, and strive for innovation, growth, and excellence,” said Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All.

Festival Honor Ensembles

Three honor ensembles bring student musicians from different schools across the country, selected by audition, to rehearse and perform together.

The Jazz Band of America and Honor Orchestra of America will perform a shared concert Friday, March 10, 8 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall, directed by Michael Tomaro, Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University, and guest artist Andy Martin on trombone. Jeffrey Grogan, Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the Honor Orchestra of America. Tickets for the Jazz Band of America and Honor Orchestra of America concert are $15 and can be ordered in advance at cloweshall.orgmusicforall.org, or Ticketmaster.com.

The Honor Orchestra will also perform on Saturday, March 11, 8 p.m. at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University. The program will also include the Chamber Music concert, part of the Chamber Music National Festival. Tickets can be ordered in advance at cloweshall.orgmusicforall.org, or Ticketmaster.com, and can be purchased at the Clowes Hall ticket office.

The Honor Band of America will perform Saturday, March 11, 8 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall, conducted by Col. Michael Colburn, Director of Bands at Butler University. Tickets for the Honor Band of America Concert at Clowes Memorial Hall are available at Cloweshall.org and Ticketmaster.com.

National Concert Band Festival Tickets

Tickets for the invited concert band performances of the National Concert Band Festival at Clowes Hall, Thursday through Saturday, March 9-11, range from $6 to $40 and can be ordered in advance at cloweshall.orgmusicforall.org, or Ticketmaster.com, and can be purchased at the Clowes Hall ticket office.

Free Admission Events

Music for All is offering free admission to several concert events within the Festival. The free admission events include:

Orchestra America National Festival
Thursday, March 9
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Hilbert Circle Theatre

National Concert Band Festival – Invited Ensembles
Thursday, March 9
5:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University

Friday, March 10
8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University

Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival
Friday, March 10
9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Warren Performing Arts Center

Saturday, March 11
8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Warren Performing Arts Center

Chamber Music National Festival
Friday, March 10
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Indiana Historical Society

Middle School National Music Festival
Saturday, March 11
8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University

A full schedule of Festival ensemble concerts, times and locations is available at www.musicforall.org/festival, or for more information call 800-848-BAND (2263).

About Music for All

Since 1975, Music for All, through its Bands of America and Orchestra America programs, has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in their scholastic environment. Music for All’s programs include 30+ annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching band, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival and Affiliate Regional Music Festivals for concert bands, orchestra, jazz and percussion ensembles and national honor bands and orchestras.

Music for All Sponsors

Music for All efforts are supported through sponsorships, including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor: Yamaha Corporation of America; Official Uniform Sponsor: Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Student Travel Partner: Music Travel Consultants; Official Performance Equipment Sponsor: Wenger Corporation; Corporate Sponsors: Ball State University, United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corp, Zildjian and Vic Firth Company, Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis, Wells Fargo, and Strategic Advocacy Partner: NAMM; Associate Sponsors: Delivra, Vandoren, Showcase International, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, REMO, Tresona Multimedia, and Woodwind & Brasswind. Music for All is also supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Ball Brothers Foundation, George and Frances Ball Foundation, and Lilly Endowment Inc.

Rising Sun QuiltFest, Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017

February 26, 2017 Leave a comment
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Rising Sun, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Kendal Miller
EnjoyRisingSun.com

RISING SUN, IND.: The Ohio County Historical Society and the Sunshine Stitchers announce the annual Rising Sun QuiltFest. The event will be held March 31-April 2, 2017, at the Rising Sun History Museum located at 212 S. Walnut Street in Rising Sun.

The Rising Sun quilt event originated inside long-time residents Betty Ann and Lloyd Pavy’s former furniture store. After the couple’s retirement, the Ohio County Historical Society continued the tradition by hosting the event.

The public is invited to participate in the annual quilt contest. Entries will be received at the Rising Sun History Museum no later than Wednesday, March 22. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. A $10 fee per judged entry will be required. The number of non-judged entries accepted will be determined by available space.

Entries will be accepted in: applique, pieced, mixed technique, novelty, art quilt, art work and emerging quilter. Cash awards will be given for first and second place provided there are sufficient entries. Monetary awards will also be given for a Best in Show, People’s Choice, and the Rising Sun Mayor’s Award.

For a complete list of rules, log on to the QuiltFest website at risingsunquiltfest.com. Additional information is available by calling (812) 438-4915, e-mailing quiltfest@ohiocountyhistory.org, or liking the Rising Sun QuiltFest Facebook page.

Along with the quilt contest, the event features special exhibits, raffles, door prizes, live music, vendors, and daily demonstrations.

Three-day admission to the annual QuiltFest is $5, with limited $1 off postcards available at various businesses/organizations while supplies last.

For more information on lodging, eateries, tourist attractions, contact Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism at (888) 776-4786. Additional information is available on their website at enjoyrisingsun.com. Follow Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Preservation Conference in Wabash, April 25-28, 2017 @indianalandmark

February 26, 2017 Leave a comment
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Honeywell Center in Wabash, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks Foundation

Just months after attracting a half-million-dollar prize, Wabash’s revitalized downtown is preparing to host Indiana’s annual gathering of preservationists, giving history buffs and members of the general public a glimpse behind the scenes of the city’s ongoing revitalization.

Drawn to the city by the award-winning downtown renewal, the April 25-28, 2017 “Preserving Historic Places” state preservation conference will include tours and workshops that showcase historic downtown Wabash buildings—some restored and some in process—including the restored Charley Creek Inn and commercial buildings repurposed as loft apartments.

State and national experts will lead educational sessions during the four days, and conference meals will be served in interesting historic locations, including one dinner held on a covered bridge in the nearby town of Roann.

The public is invited to attend the conference. An early bird registration discount applies to registrations received by March 10, 2017.

Known as the first electrically lit city in the world, Wabash in 2016 won by popular vote the $500,000 top prize in the national Small Business Revolution contest, created to shine a spotlight on the vital impact that small businesses have on our economy, our communities and our daily lives.

A related documentary series featured Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank helping transform six businesses in Wabash. Watch the videos at http://smallbusinessrevolution.org/main-street/season-one/.

One of two conference keynote speakers is Cameron Potts of Deluxe Corp., which sponsored the Small Business Revolution to showcase 100 small businesses as part of its 100th anniversary celebration.

The second conference keynoter is engineer and city planner Charles Marohn, founder of Strong Towns, a nonprofit that advocates for a model of development that allows cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient. The author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns and A World Class Transportation System, Marohn hosts the popular Strong Towns podcast and is active on social media (see @StrongTowns on Twitter).

WHAT:
Preserving Historic Places conference

WHEN:
April 25-28, 2017

WHERE:
Honeywell Center, 275 W. Market St., Wabash, IN

COST:
$175 per person for all four day, with a discount for registration by March 10, 2017; $100 for students

REGISTER:
bit.ly/PHPWabash2017

WHO:
Preserving Historic Places conference is staged by Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA), Indiana Landmarks, and Indiana University with support from INGUARD and Wabash Marketplace.

NFL Combine Experience in Indianapolis, Mar. 2-5, 2017

February 23, 2017 Leave a comment
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Lucas Oil Stadium hosts the NFL Combine, Mar. 2-5, 2017. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

The 2017 NFL Combine is coming to Indianapolis Mar. 2-5, 2017, and will feature more fan experiences than ever before. The NFL Combine Experience: don’t miss your only chance to get inside Lucas Oil Stadium and see the action LIVE.

Register today to watch top NFL prospects display their skills and compete in a series of drills. This televised event features more than 300 top prospects who are looking to achieve their dream of being selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

These viewing opportunities include in-ear radios with access to the NFL Network broadcast as well as exclusive insight from NFL Legends and Combine staff. Fans in attendance will also receive access to the NFL Combine Experience immediately following the conclusion of their selected viewing opportunity. 

Don’t miss the chance to watch these talented top NFL prospects showcase their strengths and abilities! Please sign up at www.1iota.com and use the PROMO CODE: AROUNDINDY to receive Priority Tickets!

Circus Coming to Children’s Museum Feb. 18, 2017

February 14, 2017 Leave a comment

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By Leslie Olsen
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Have you ever thought about running away to join the circus? Now you have a unique opportunity and you don’t even have to pack your suitcase!

“Circus — Starring YOU!” is a colorful, highly interactive exhibit filled with the sights, sounds and even some of the enticing food smells of some of the greatest shows on Earth.

Opening at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on February 18, 2017, children and families are invited to step right up and join three rings of circus fun and history under the big top.

See the circus world as it was decades ago when it served as a rare form of exotic entertainment. Experience what has changed, and what has remained the same including the highly skilled athletes and performers who dazzle and amaze. Become part of the circus family as you dare to walk the virtual tightrope, learn to juggle, or practice your rigging skills.

“Visiting the circus has been a family tradition for millions over the centuries. Nowhere will you see such teamwork and talent that is passed from generation to generation,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “We want our visitors, which often consist of multiple generations to share those circus memories, create new memories, and practice teamwork and build confidence as they conquer circus skills together.”

Here is a sampling of some of the fun families will experience when they join The Children’s Museum circus experience:

· Virtual Reality Tightrope: Experience the thrill of the high wire when you put on a headset and walk along a “wire” from one basket to another in a realistic simulation of a classic circus act.

· Lyra Rings: Practice a real circus aerial act using real equipment in a safe and secure environment.

· Rigging Knots: Learn to tie and secure knots similar to those used in real circus rigging.

· Juggling: Work together as a family on a stationary roller board to learn the rhythm and timing of basic juggling then try your new skills using scarves or beanbags.

· Roman Ladders: Two sizes of ladders allow you and all members of your family to practice acrobatic skills on special ladders created just for circuses.

· Clown Car: Dress in clown costumes and see how many of your family members you can “fit” in a simulated clown car. Don’t forget to take your family selfie!

Clown Face-Painting Touchscreen Game: Create your own clown face after learning the different types of clowns. Email your finished product to yourself.

Circus — Starring YOU! is presented by Chick-fil-A. It is supported by Purdue University and Aquafina. For more information, visit http://childrensmuseum.org/, or call 317-334-3322.