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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.

Elektronik Musik Fest at Butler University, Jan. 24, 2016

January 20, 2016 Leave a comment
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Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

The 14th annual Elektronik Musik Fest, featuring guest composer Elainie Lillios and percussionist Scott Deal, will be held Sunday, January 24, 2016, at 7:30 PM in the Schrott Center for the Arts, 610 West 46th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Admission is free and open to the public without tickets.

The event will feature music for percussion and live electronics, electric bass and live electronics and fixed media, and DJ and fixed media, along with 8.1 channel surround system pieces and other recorded works.

Composers include James Aikman, Professor Frank Felice, alumnus Will Trachsel ’15, and current student Phillip Tock and Rob Funkhouser.

Elainie Lillios is a professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her music reflects her fascination with listening, sound, space, time, immersion and anecdote. Her compositions include stereo, multi-channel, and Ambisonic fixed media works, instrument(s) with live interactive electronics, collaborative experimental audio/visual animations, and installations. Her acousmatic music is available on Entre Espaces, produced by Empreintes DIGITALes. Other pieces appear on Centaur, MSR Classics, StudioPANaroma, La Muse en Circuit, New Adventures in Sound Art, SEAMUS, Irritable Hedgehog and Leonardo Music Journal.

For more information, visit http://schrottcenter.org/, or call 317-940-2787.

3rd Annual Butler University ArtsFest, Apr. 9-19, 2015

February 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Butler University. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

Talent from all over the world—Los Angeles to Sierra Leone to Indianapolis—will perform at the third annual Butler ArtsFest, April 9-19, 2015, on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tickets for the 50-plus events are on sale now at butlerartsfest.com, ticketmaster.com, or in person at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office.

Dubbed “Outsiders & Outlaws,” this year’s Butler ArtsFest “highlights bravery and boldness in the arts and the stories that emerge when individuals dare to reveal their inner, possibly dangerous, artistry.”

The 2015 performers include three-time Grammy winner Christian McBride, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre from south Los Angeles, Indianapolis favorite (and Butler alumnus) Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Butler Ballet performing The Sleeping Beauty.

“This April, performers from around the the country and around the world will share the stage with Butler University’s students and faculty to offer extraordinary art experiences with our entire community,” said Ronald Caltabiano, Dean of Butler’s Jordan College of the Arts. “This year’s festival is especially exciting because of the depth of talent and breadth of expression that will be presented as part of the 11-day event.”

Butler ArtsFest is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund.

2015 festival sponsors are Central Indiana Community Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Emmis Communications, and Indianapolis Monthly.

Additional support provided by: Sun King Brewery; Buckingham Foundation; Rollin and Cheri Dick; Lucina Moxley; Howard L. Schrott and Diana H Mutz; Patricia See; Marianne Tobias; and the Butler University Office of the Provost.

The schedule of events follows:

Crime & Punishment
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.; Friday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 12, 2:00 p.m.; Friday, April 17, 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, Lilly Hall 168
Tickets: $5-$15 (On the day of the performance, tickets are only available at the Studio Theatre Box Office.)

Butler Theatre presents Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic novel in an exciting adaptation that underscores the passion, guilt, and consequences that haunt a young man after a crucial mistake.

Unlikely Heroes: Butler Wind Ensemble with Narrator Clarence Page
Thursday, April 9; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-30

From Tony and Maria of West Side Story to Abraham Lincoln, heroes can emerge from the most unlikely of circumstances and places. Join Butler University’s Michael Colburn, former director of the President’s Own Marine Band, as the Butler Wind Ensemble performs an evening of works highlighting the bravery and tenacity of the human spirit. Program includes Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, a powerful work with excerpts of Abraham Lincoln’s greatest writings narrated by Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Friday, April 10; 7:30 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-30

In 1980, in an inner-city neighborhood in South Los Angeles, the Lula Washington Dance Theatre was born. Today, the company tours the world, performing dance that explores social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture. Known for powerful, high-energy dancing and unique choreography, the company and its performances have been described by The New York Times as “rousing” and “infectiously enthusiastic.”

Christian McBride Trio with Butler Jazz Ensemble
Saturday, April 11; 7:30 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-30

Three-time Grammy winner Christian McBride, among the leading jazz bass players of our time, joins with his trio and the Butler Jazz Ensemble for an unforgettable night of music. In his two-decade long career, McBride has worked with the likes of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway, Sting, and the legendary James Brown.

Faculty Chamber Music Concert
Sunday, April 12; 1:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-25

Underscoring the daring of those who are considered outsiders, this intimate concert presents the powerful works of Jacob TV, Henry Cowell, John Corigliano, and Tania Leon. As a capstone to the evening’s event, Professor James Briscoe will host a conversation on the innovative influence of the Cuban-born Leon.

Song & Dance
Sunday, April 12; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$25

Meet the outlaws and outsiders from the music of Richard Rogers! This enchanting evening is filled some of the most beloved music of the 20th century songbook, including songs from Carousel, The King and I, Cinderella, and Oklahoma. Musicians from Butler University’s School of Music will be joined by dancers from Butler Ballet for this special event featuring Broadway star and Butler alumna Michele McConnell as guest vocalist.

Jagged: A Contemporary Pole Dance Company
Monday, April 13; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$25

Jagged is a contemporary pole dance company that fuses the art of aerial pole work with concert and commercial dance. Founded in 2009 by Jessica Anderson-Gwin, Jagged pioneered the art of group pole choreography in America. The company strives to combat the often-negative stereotypes associated with pole dancing and aerial pole work through performances and teaching. As part of the FILM+ Series, catch the Heartland Film Festival documentary Off the Floor, which depicts Jagged’s difficult path as they forge a new art form.

Angela Brown & Friends: Mad Scenes!
Tuesday, April 14; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$25

Metropolitan Opera star Angela Brown and Indianapolis friends perform a recital of famous (and infamous!) mad scenes from Tosca, Aida, Porgy and Bess, Peter Grimes, and other favorites. This special performance has been created exclusively for Butler ArtsFest.

Progressive Lenses
Tuesday, April 14; 10 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $10 or $5 at event with donation of canned good

The Jordan College faculty cut loose as their band, Progressive Lenses, performs progressive rock ’n’ roll. Receive discounted admission by bringing a non-perishable food item for Gleaners Food Bank.

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Wednesday, April 15; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$25

A potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen to acclaim with their energetic mix of old-school reggae, funky African grooves, and deep tribal chants. Founded in a refugee camp in Guinea this band has matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. As part of the FILM+ series, catch the documentary that follows the group’s formation and life as refugees.

Stark Raving
Thursday, April 16; 7:00 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-$25

Witness an evening of extraordinary performances that push the boundaries of art and sanity—three contemporary, one-man shows performed with solo vocalists and a chamber ensemble. See the world-premiere of Michael Schelle’s The End of Al Capone (commissioned by Butler ArtsFest) and two outrageous outsider works by Peter Maxwell Davies: Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot and his infamous Eight Songs for a Mad King. This is an event that you won’t soon forget!

Sleeping Beauty
Friday, April 17, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.
Clowes Memorial Hall
Tickets: $17-$28.50 Adults (a $3 CMH Restoration fee will be added to each ticket)

Indulge yourself in dreams that come true! Butler Ballet presents the most magical of all the fairly-tale ballets complete with a beautiful princess, an evil fairy, a curse that dooms everyone to sleep for a hundred years, and a magical kiss.

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Friday, April 17; 7:30 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $30

Experience the rogues of the musical world! The ICO will feature music that was banned at times throughout history. Ranging from music outlawed by Pope Clement to that cast out by Nazis, this concert is a fascinating insight into music deemed “inappropriate.”

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Saturday, April 18; 7:30 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-30

With a style and sound completely their own, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will make you stomp your feet and dance! This energetic trio—complete with a washboard—blends blues, ragtime, folk, country, and other traditional styles with the sleek modern energy of do-it-yourself, homespun, punk-fueled rock.

Carmina Burana
Sunday, April 19; 7:30 p.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $15-30

One of the most dramatic and recognizable choral works ever created, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is not just a piece of music, it is an experience. Don’t miss this stunning work along with Stravinsky’s masterpiece Les Noces (The Wedding) performed by the Butler University Chorale.

FREE EVENTS

Butler Community Arts School Dance Concert
Saturday, April 18; 10:00 a.m.
Lilly Hall 310

Community performance with the Butler Community Arts School and students from Butler Ballet. Fun for the whole family!

Butler Percussion Ensemble Family Concert
Saturday, April 11; 11:00 a.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts

Perfect for families with little ones, this fun, interactive, and lively concert is a great opportunity to introduce kids to live performance. During the concert, families are invited to join the musicians on stage to get closer to the instruments. This free morning event is sure to inspire smiles and perhaps even a lifetime of love for music.

BCAS strings and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
Saturday, April 18; 11:00 a.m.
Schrott Center for the Arts

What does the future of music look like? See for yourself at this community performance by young musicians.

JCA Composers’ Orchestra Workshop
Saturday, April 18; 1:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall 112

An improvisational workshop for musicians and non-musicians. Get up close and personal with the music and take the stage with the orchestra during the event. Open to young people and adults.

MUSIC & MOVIES AT THE IMA

This year, venture off of Butler University’s campus for some exciting programs presented in partnership with the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Friday, April 10; 7:00 p.m
The Toby at the IMA
Tickets: $9-$15

View a screening of this spaghetti western classic, preceded by a performance of the score by local singers and musicians.

Bonnie and Clyde + Brian Laidlaw
Saturday, April 11; 7:00 p.m.
The Toby at the IMA
Tickets: $9-$15
Minneapolis poet-songwriter Brian Laidlaw will perform Amoratorium, a multimedia album inspired by the legacy of Bonnie and Clyde. After the performance, enjoy a screening of the 1967 film.

Pump Up the Volume
Friday, April 17; 7:00 p.m.
The Toby at the IMA
Tickets: $9-$15

Pirate radio takes over this screening of Pump Up the Volume in the IMA underground parking garage. Presented in partnership with Classical Music Indy.

Tickets for Music & Movies events are available exclusively through the Indianapolis Museum of Art. For more information, visit imamuseum.org.

‘No Room for Squares’ at Butler University

September 10, 2013 Leave a comment
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Butler University. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Marc Allan
Butler University
http://www.butler.edu/

Butler University’s Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts presents “No Room for Squares,” an exhibit of photographs of jazz musicians by freelance photographer Mark Sheldon, now through Oct. 31, 2013.

The exhibit of 18 portrait and performance shots of local musicians and jazz legends such as Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman coincides with Indy Jazz Fest and Allen Toussaint’s performance at the Schrott Center on Sept. 12.

“We’re so pleased to have our first major event be Allen Toussaint and to establish this relationship with Indy Jazz Fest,” Schrott Center Operations Manager Francie Cohen said.

Sheldon is an Indianapolis-based freelance photographer, specializing in music and lifestyle photography. He is a regular contributor to Down Beat magazine and his
work has been featured in dozens of publications including Newsweek, Rolling StoneTime Out Chicago, Time Out New York, Keyboard magazine, Double assist/Strad
magazine (London), Guitar Player, Indianapolis Monthly and NorthWest Airlines World Traveler.

He has photographed thousands of musicians and dozens of music festivals over the past 35 years including but not limited to the Chicago Jazz Fest, Monterey Jazz
Fest, the Portland Jazz Fest, NYC’s Vision Fest and the Hyde Park Jazz Fest. Sheldon is the staff photographer for the Indy Jazz Fest.

The exhibit is sponsored by Indy Jazz Fest and The Great Frame Up.

“No Room for Squares” is open to the public two hours before any performance at the Schrott Center, or by calling the box office at 317-940-2787. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://indyjazzfest.net/.