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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).

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World Premiere of “Eva” at Clowes Hall, Apr. 5, 2018

December 29, 2017 1 comment
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“Eva” at Clowes Hall, Apr. 5, 2018.
Image provided by WFYI-TV.

By Andy Klotz
WFYI-TV

INDIANAPOLIS – Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor stands just 4 feet 9 inches tall, but she’ll seem larger than life when “Eva” premieres on the big screen at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6:30-9 PM.

The film, produced by WFYI Public Media in collaboration with Ted Green Films and Mika Brown, offers incredible details about Kor’s journey from Romanian Jewish farm girl to Nazi death camp survivor to leading global force on the power of healing through forgiveness.

“I heard (Nazi Dr. Josef) Mengele say that I only had two weeks to live, and I decided I was going to prove him wrong,” Kor said about her Auschwitz experience. “I didn’t understand what I did. Why did Hitler hate me?”

At age 83, Kor now has a better understanding of why she’s endured so many trials throughout her life. Her captivating story doesn’t come without controversy, particularly her decision to publicly forgive Mengele, Hitler and all Nazis, and it’s all part of “Eva,” masterfully written and produced by award-winning local filmmaker Ted Green.

“I’ve never seen a greater personal example of the triumph of the human spirit than Eva Mozes Kor,” Green said. “Her psychological transformation and the good she’s doing for others are astonishing.”

Green and co-producer Brown have traveled the world capturing heartfelt interviews and stunning scenes of Kor’s most significant successes – stories of lives changed after hearing about her experiences and life perspective.

The film is narrated by Hollywood icon Ed Asner and includes on-camera appearances from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, former NBA great Ray Allen, TV and movie star Elliott Gould and many others who reveal touching accounts of Kor’s impact on their own lives.

Tickets for the April 5 event are $40 and go on sale Thursday, January 19 at 10 a.m. through the Clowes Memorial Hall box office and at ticketmaster.com.

This premiere is a partnership with Butler University and Heartland Film and is expected to attract an international crowd.

WFYI, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center and Indiana State University are also partnering together for a second premiere in Kor’s hometown of Terre Haute on Saturday, April 14 at Tilson Auditorium at Indiana State. Ticket information and other details for this event will be announced sometime in January.

To view a trailer of the movie or to learn more about Eva Kor, please visit http://TheStoryofEva.com.

“Kinky Boots” at Clowes Hall, May 16-21, 2017

May 9, 2017 1 comment
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“Kinky Boots” at Clowes Hall, May 16-21-, 2017.
Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Broadway in Indianapolis

Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

KINKY BOOTS opens at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, Tuesday, May 16 and runs through Sunday, May 21, 2017, for a limited engagement. Tickets are available in person at Clowes Memorial Hall, the Old National Centre Ticket Office, online at BroadwayinIndianapolis.com, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.

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

February 26, 2017 1 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.

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/.