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27th Annual Music For All National Festival, March 15-17, 2018 @musicforall

February 18, 2018 1 comment
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Clowes Memorial Hall, one of the host venues during the Music For All National Festival.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Music for All

INDIANAPOLIS (February 14, 2018) – Outstanding music ensembles and student musicians from across the country will gather in Indianapolis for the 27th Annual Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, on March 15-17, 2018, to present concerts and participate in music education workshops at top venues throughout Indianapolis.

This year marks the premiere of the National Choir Festival as part of the Music for All National Festival, with 12 exceptional choirs from across the country participating. With the debut of choral performances, the Festival now encompasses all of the major ensembles of a traditional school music program.

The 2018 Music for All National Festival will feature more than 70 high school and middle school ensembles. Indianapolis’ own New World Youth Symphony Orchestra will also perform. The Festival is comprised of the National Concert Band Festival, Orchestra America National Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Chamber Music National Festival, and the inaugural National Choir Festival, as well as three national Honor Ensembles: the Honor Band of America, the Honor Jazz Band of America, and the Honor Orchestra of America.

Saturday afternoon will feature a special mass choir concert with all of the Festival singers performing as the Music for All National Choir under the direction of Music for All Artistic Choral Director, Henry Leck, and Guest Conductor, Rollo Dilworth. The National Mass Treble and Mixed Choirs, as well as the Ball State University Orchestra will perform alongside them. This concert is at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in Hilbert Circle Theatre. Admission is free, general admission seating.

High school and middle school ensembles were selected to perform at the Festival by recorded audition. Concerts will take place at Clowes Memorial Hall, Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University, Indiana Historical Society, Hilbert Circle Theatre, Warren Performing Arts Center, and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Renowned music educators will evaluate the selected ensembles’ performances in addition to their participation in professional master classes and special networking events. Invited concert bands, orchestras, choirs, percussion ensembles, and honor ensemble members participating in the 2018 Festival come from 32 states including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

The Festival week kicks off with the Indianapolis School Music Festival on Wednesday, March 14, hosted by Broad Ripple High School. Music for All is committed to school music in its hometown of Indianapolis and provides evaluators, clinicians, and support for this Festival for bands, choirs, and orchestra from Indianapolis Public Schools.

In its 27th 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. “The non-competitive atmosphere of the festival provides a place for growth, cooperative encouragement, and mutual respect,” says Debbie Laferty Asbill, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Music for All. “The ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights, and strive for innovation, growth, and excellence. The Music for All National Festival is a key pillar of how we advocate for music education in schools by shining a national spotlight on the levels of excellence being achieved by young musicians.”

Festival Honor Ensembles

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

The Honor Orchestra of America and Jazz Band of America will perform a shared concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, in Clowes Memorial Hall. Larry J. Livingston, Chairman of the Conducting Department of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, will conduct the Honor Orchestra of America. The Jazz Band of America will be directed by Jeff Rupert, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida, with guest artist Sean Jones on trumpet and Vandoren Emerging Artist jazz winner David Milazzo on saxophone. Tickets for the Jazz Band of America and Honor Orchestra of America concert are $15 and can be ordered in advance at cloweshall.org, musicforall.org, or Ticketmaster.com.

The Honor Orchestra of America will also perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens, and groups of 10 or more. They can be ordered in advance at cloweshall.org, musicforall.org, Ticketmaster.com, or purchased at the Clowes Hall ticket office.

The Honor Band of America will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Clowes Memorial Hall, conducted by Dr. Scott Weiss, Director of Bands at the University of South Carolina. Tickets range from $22 to $35 for the Honor Band of America Concert at Clowes Memorial Hall, and are available at cloweshall.org, musicforall.org, and Ticketmaster.com.

Chamber Music Concert

The Music for All Chamber Music Concert will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Christel De Haan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis. The concert will feature the classical winners Ryan Toher, clarinet, and Julian Velasco, saxophone, from the Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition and the Yamaha Performing Artist, Rex Richardson. The Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition awards classical and jazz clarinetists and saxophonists between the ages of 18 to 23. The winners have the opportunity to perform at the National Festival and travel to Paris to meet representatives from Vandoren. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased directly at uindyarts.universitytickets.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 15-17, range from $6 to $20 and can be ordered in advance at cloweshall.org, musicforall.org, Ticketmaster.com, or can be purchased at the Clowes Hall ticket office.

Orchestra America National Festival

Tickets for the individual orchestra performances of the Orchestra America National Festival at Hilbert Circle Theatre, Thursday evening, March 15 and Saturday morning, March 17 are $15 for both sessions, and can be ordered in advanced or purchased at the ticket office or on their website www.indianapolissymphony.org.

Free Admission Events

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

National Concert Band Festival – Invited Ensembles

Thursday, March 15

6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University

 

Friday, March 16

8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University

 

Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival

Thursday, March 15

4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Warren Performing Arts Center

 

Friday, March 16

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Warren Performing Arts Center

National Choir Festival

Friday, March 16

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

 

Chamber Music National Festival

Friday, March 16

8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Indiana Historical Society

Middle School National Music Festival

Saturday, March 17

8:00 a.m. – 1:15 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).

Indianapolis Children’s Choir Open Audition Dates @indycchoir

January 10, 2017 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Children’s Choir.
Photo provided by the choir and used with written permission.

2017 season opens with opportunity for new singers, preparation for upcoming performances

By Jade Schwarting
Bohlsen Group

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) kicks off 2017 with the opportunity for new singers to join the group.

Children who didn’t audition for a group at the start of the 2016-2017 school year are welcome to schedule a time to do so beginning in January. Auditions are necessary for singers in grades 4 through 12 and require no formal preparation, students should simply be prepared to match pitch and sing some scales. Early Childhood and Preparatory classes for singers aged 18 months to 3rd grade are also open for enrollment in January 2017.

A full listing of groups and information about how to join or audition is available on the ICC’s website.

The second half of the group’s 31st season also includes Music in Our Schools Month, a celebration of children’s music education throughout the month of March. The ICC uses music to cultivate life skills in young people and has seen the power of music in developing strong adults.”

“As Music in Our Schools Month approaches, we want to as many children as possible to have the opportunity to engage in music programs,” said Artistic Director Joshua Pedde. “These open auditions are an opportunity to reach new students and develop their love for music.”

In addition to welcoming new members, the groups are also preparing for the season’s upcoming shows. The performance schedule, venue and choir information is as follows:

Sunday, March 12, 2017| 3pm
Tapestry of Song – Hilbert Circle Theatre
Description: Hear the ICC’s younger voices harken back to the era of swing and big band in this fun-filled performance!

Sunday, March 12, 2017| 7pm
Voices of Youth – Hilbert Circle Theatre
Description: The ICC transforms the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage into a 1940’s dance hall in this celebration of swing and big band music!

Saturday May 13, 2017| 3pm & 7pm
In Harmony – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: Hear the sounds of the ICC as they highlight music from around the world with special guests the New World Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday May 21, 2017 l 3 pm
Hear Our Song- Christel DeHaan Center (tentative location)
Description: The ICC’s most experienced singers are celebrated and honored for their dedication to the highest level of choral performance.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 7pm
Choral Festival – Clowes Memorial Hall
Description: An incredible concert that showcases both older and younger singers of the ICC. Choral Fest campers, singing songs they mastered in just five days, share the stage with several hundred ICC singers. Simply amazing!

Tickets can be purchased at https://icchoir.org/2016-2017-season/.

Indianapolis Children’s Choir 2016-17 Season

August 19, 2016 Leave a comment
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Clowes Memorial Hall hosts the ICC on June 15, 2017.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Heidi Harmon
On behalf of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), one of Indianapolis’ most recognizable music education and choral, kicks off its 31st season this month.

Season tickets go on sale August 25, 2016, available at www.icchoir.org/tickets.

The 2016-2017 Indianapolis Children’s Choir season will be an introduction to a new artistic director, Joshua Pedde, as he takes over for longtime artistic director and founder, Henry Leck.

Pedde said, “From day one of the ICC’s founding, they’ve been known for excellence in choral music and participation in the major cultural events in the community. I will continue that legacy Henry created and help impact music education as much as I can.”

In its 31 years, the ICC has grown from two small choirs to one of the largest choral organizations of its kind, with nearly 20 choirs and many music classes serving more than 3,000 young people from ages 18 months to 18 years. The ICC impacts an additional 2,000 children through its Innovations program, which directly supports music in local schools. ICC singers have traveled to and performed on six continents and in some of the world’s most recognizable venues and events.

In addition to welcoming Pedde to the podium this season, the ICC will celebrate their commitment to educating young people and the power of community in choral music.

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir 31st season performance schedule, venue and choir information is as follows:

Friday, October 28, 2016 | 7pm
Music of the Night – Broadway UMC
Description: The ICC is joined by special guests Echoing Air for a family-friendly, not-so-spooky, Halloween concert. This is an ICC experience like no other!
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Lyric, Chamber, and the Neighborhood Choir Academy

Sunday, October 30, 2016 | 2:30 pm
Sweet Melodies: A Classical Afternoon – St. Joan of Arc Indianapolis
Description: ICC singers showcase music they performed at a recent visit to Carnegie Hall, including Mohammed Fairouz’s Zabur.
Participating Choirs: Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli, and Bel Canto

Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, 2016 | 7pm
Angels Sing – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: An Indianapolis Tradition! A chance to celebrate what we all believe during this magical time of year. Angelic voices fill the air and bring the holiday spirit to life. Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli and Bel Canto

Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 12:30pm
Celebrate the Season – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: ICC’s younger ensembles and regional choirs present a holiday concert that will bring the meaning of the season to your heart.
Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Octavo, Boone County Children’s Choir, Carmel Children’s Choir, Fishers Children’s Choir, Franklin Children’s Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir, all Preparatory Choirs and the Neighborhood Choir Academy

Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 3:00pm
Sounds of the Season – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and be enveloped in the spirit of the season.
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Kantorei, Lyric, and Chamber

Sunday, March 12, 2017| 3pm
Tapestry of Song – Hilbert Circle Theatre
Description: Hear the ICC’s younger voices harken back to the era of swing and big band in this fun-filled performance!
Participating Choirs: Kantorei, Lyric, Chamber, Octavo, Boone County Children’s Choir, Carmel Children’s Choir, Fishers Children’s, Franklin Children’s Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir, and the Neighborhood Choir Academy

Sunday, March 12, 2017| 7pm
Voices of Youth – Hilbert Circle Theatre
Description: The ICC transforms the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage into a 1940’s dance hall in this celebration of swing and big band music!
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli, and Bel Canto

Saturday May 13, 2017| 3pm & 7pm
In Harmony – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: Hear the sounds of the ICC as they highlight music from around the world with special guests the New World Symphony Orchestra.
3pm Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Lyric, Boone County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Franklin Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, and Henry County Preparatory Choir
7pm Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Kantorei, Octavo, Carmel Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Fishers Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Butler Preparatory Choirs and the Neighborhood Choir Academy

Sunday May 21, 2017 l 3 pm
Hear Our Song- Christel DeHaan Center (tentative location)
Description: The ICC’s most experienced singers are celebrated and honored for their dedication to the highest level of choral performance.
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce

Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 7pm
Choral Festival – Clowes Memorial Hall
Description: An incredible concert that showcases both older and younger singers of the ICC. Choral Fest campers, singing songs they mastered in just five days, share the stage with several hundred ICC singers. Simply amazing!
Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Kantorei, Lyric, Chamber, and Festival Singers

Individual tickets will go on sale October 12, 2016

About Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Currently in its 31st season, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir has grown to become one of the largest children’s choirs in the world. Founded by Artistic Director Emeritus Henry Leck and currently led by Joshua Pedde, the ICC serves more than 5,000 Central Indiana children from pre-school age through high school. The Indianapolis Children’s Choir nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance. For more information, visit http://icchoir.org/

Jazz Week at the University of Indianapolis, Apr. 7-12

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Pianist Steve Allee

Pianist Steve Allee. Photos provided by UIndy and used with written permission.

By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis
http://www.uindy.edu/arts

Weekend performances by the Steve Allee Big Band and saxophonist George Garzone will cap a full schedule of concerts April 7-12 during the seventh annual Jazz Week at the University of Indianapolis.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission prices vary. Tickets and more information are available through the Event Ticketing Center at 317-788-3251 or www.uindy.edu/arts/ETC.

Jazz Week gives audiences a chance to see top local, regional and national talents in a family-friendly setting. This will be the final Jazz Week for its founder, veteran musician and UIndy Director of Jazz Studies Harry Miedema, who is retiring this spring.

Sophie Faught

Sophie Faught

The schedule is:

Monday, April 7 – UIndy Jazz Combo
Admission: Free
Student small combo performs jazz and American standards.

Tuesday, April 8 – UIndy Jazz Ensemble
Admission: Free
Student big band plays swing and other jazz repertoire.

Wednesday, April 9 – Saxophonist Sophie Faught
Admission: $20; $10 for seniors; free for ages 18 and younger and students with ID
Mentored by some of Indianapolis’ top musicians, tenor saxophonist Sophie Faught is a composer and teacher who has performed around the globe, including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. She has toured with the Nicholas Payton Jazz Quintet and also has appeared with Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, the Temptations and the Four Tops. Faught now leads her own trio, which performs weekly at the Chatterbox Jazz Club and just released its first album, Fellowship. The group includes Nick Tucker on bass and Ben Lumsdaine on drums.

George Garzone

George Garzone

Thursday, April 10 – Jamey Aebersold Quartet
Admission: $20; $10 for seniors; free for ages 18 and younger and students with ID
Jamey Aebersold is an internationally known saxophonist and authority on jazz education and improvisation, known for his play-along instructional materials and his acclaimed Summer Jazz Workshops in Louisville, Ky., which have engaged top players and students for more than 40 years. He has taught at three colleges and universities and has performed around the world. The quartet will feature Aebersold on saxophone and piano, Dave Stryker on guitar, Tyrone Wheeler on bass and Jonathan Higgins on drums.

Friday, April 11 – Saxophonist George Garzone
Admission: $20; $10 for seniors; free for ages 18 and younger and students with ID
Boston-based tenor saxophonist George Garzone is a member of jazz trio The Fringe and a pioneer of the triadic chromatic approach to improvisation. He has appeared on more than 20 recordings and has performed throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia with such names as Michael Brecker, Chick Corea, Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich, Ron Carter, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, Liberace and Elvis Presley. A sought-after instructor, currently at the Berklee College of Music, his students have included Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman and Danilo Perez. He will perform with Steve Allee on piano, Jeremy Allen on bass and Pete Zimmer on drums.

Saturday, April 12 – Steve Allee Big Band
Admission: $20; $10 for seniors; free for ages 18 and younger and students with ID
Pianist, composer and arranger Steve Allee (see photo above) is an Indiana native who has built an international reputation in a career that spans nearly four decades. He has released six albums as a bandleader, including the Grammy-nominated Downtown Blues, and he also writes and performs for syndicated radio programs, network television and motion pictures. He is the music director for the nationally syndicated comedy-variety radio program The Bob & Tom Show and is active as a music educator.

For more information, visit http://www.uindy.edu/arts, or call 317-788-3255.

‘Kismet’ at UIndy Opera Theatre, Feb. 7-8

January 27, 2014 Leave a comment
Kismet at the UIndy Opera Theatre

Sean Manterfield, Elisabeth Kleinsmith and Glen Hall (L to R) lead the cast of “Kismet.”
Photo provided by the University of Indianapolis and used with written permission.

By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis
http://www.uindy.edu/arts

Expect romance, intrigue and music in an exotic medieval setting when the University of Indianapolis Opera Theatre presents the Broadway classic Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night on Feb. 7-8, 2014.

Admission is free to both performances, which begin at 7:30 p.m. in the elegant Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

UIndy’s biennial Opera Theatre production is a collaboration between the Departments of Music and Theatre. The cast of more than 20 includes Zach Cardwell as the Caliph of Baghdad; Elisabeth Kleinsmith as his love interest, Marsinah; Darrin Isaac as her father, the wily Poet; Glen Hall as the Wazir, a power-hungry official; Hannah Holmes as the Wazir’s beautiful wife, Lalume; Ron Dukes as the Imam; and Sean Manterfield as the Caliph’s adviser, Omar.

The Tony Award-winning musical, with book by Charles Lederer and Luther Davis, opened on Broadway in 1953 and has spawned many revivals as well as film and TV adaptations. Many of its songs, written by Robert Wright and George Forrest based on themes by Alexander Borodin, became hits in their own right, including “Stranger in Paradise,” “And This Is my Beloved” and “Baubles, Bangles and Beads.” Music for the show is provided by a live pit orchestra of student and professional musicians.

The production is led by UIndy faculty members Kathleen Hacker as artistic director; Austin Hartman, musical director; Doug King, stage director; Amy Eggleston, associate musical director; and Penny Sornberger, costumes. Students serve as assistant directors, stage managers and costume and prop staff, and they also painted sets for the stage design by Leah Vine.

Kismet: A Musical Arabian Night

A UIndy Opera Theatre production
7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-8, 2014
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Admission: Free
Information: www.uindy.edu/arts or 317-788-3251.