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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 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/

Renowned Poet to Visit UIndy, Apr. 1, 2015

March 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Alice Friman

Alice Friman. Photo provided by UIndy and used with written permission.

By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis

Poet, professor and former local resident Alice Friman will return April 1, 2015, for a reading and discussion at the University of Indianapolis.

Now living in Milledgeville, Ga., where she is poet-in-residence at Georgia College, Friman is professor emerita of English and creative writing at UIndy, where she taught from 1971 to 1993. The New York City native earned her master’s degree from Butler University and was among the founders of the Indiana Writers Center.

Friman will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in Room 210 of UIndy’s Lilly Science Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission is free to the event, which is the final installment of this year’s Kellogg Writers Series at UIndy.

She has published six full-length collections of poetry, most recently “The View from Saturn” (LSU Press, 2014). Her previous book, “Vinculum,” won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry.

Friman is included in Best American Poetry 2009, received a 2012 Pushcart Prize and has won fellowships from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indiana Arts Commission, among many other honors.

Other books have included “The Book of the Rotten Daughter and Zoo,” which won the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club and the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University.

Her poetry podcast series, Ask Alice, can be seen on YouTube, where each episode begins with this introduction: “Hi, this is Alice Friman talking poetry, my sweet hell.”

The Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series, coordinated by UIndy’s Department of English, brings writers of distinction to campus for free public readings and discussions.

For more information, contact series director Elizabeth Weber at 317-788-3373.

“Odd Couple” (female version) at UIndy Opens Feb. 20

February 12, 2015 Leave a comment
"Odd Couple" (female version) at UIndy Theatre

“Odd Couple” (female version) at UIndy Theatre. Photo provided by the University of Indianapolis and used with written permission.

By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis will put a twist on a classic stage comedy when The Odd Couple (Female Version) opens Feb. 20 as the Department of Theatre’s annual dinner production at Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Adapted by writer Neil Simon himself from his original 1965 play, this version of the story, which opened on Broadway in 1985, features neat-freak Florence Unger (junior Morgan Jackson) moving in with sloppy, outspoken Olive Madison (junior Justess Hurst). The guys’ poker group from the earlier version has become a weekly Trivial Pursuit match with female friends, portrayed by Kristine Storms, Lizz Krull, Paeton Chavis and Elizabeth Hollbrook. The upstairs neighbors are the Costazuela brothers, Manolo (Josh Kruze) and Jesus (Nate Coder).

Director James Leagre, an assistant professor in the department, said the production is a showcase for talented female students.

“We looked at the current demographics of our Theatre majors and realized we had a variety of strong actresses, and there are not many shows that have strong female characters in the main roles,” he said. “Simon wrote this particular script in the ‘80s because so many companies were doing the original version, instituting a gender shift, and he was tired of it. So it’s a fun time warp in which to take people back to the ‘80s with big hair, pop music and ‘interesting’ clothes.”

Performances are scheduled Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 26-28, 2015, with the dinner buffet opening at 6:45 p.m. and the performance beginning at 8 p.m. in the main dining room of UIndy’s Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission, which includes the meal, is $26 for the general public, $24 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID.

For bargain hunters, admission is free to a preview performance with no dinner at 8 p.m. Feb. 19, and admission for the performance only on Feb. 26 is just $6. The closing performance on Feb. 28 will feature two American Sign Language interpreters for hearing-impaired patrons.

Tickets are available through the Event Ticketing Center at Ransburg Auditorium. For more information, call 317-788-3251 or visit http://www.uindy.edu/arts/ETC.

DINNER THEATER

The Odd Couple (Female Version) by Neil Simon

Feb. 20-22 and 26-28, 2015

Schwitzer Student Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Admission (includes buffet): $26 general, $24 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID

Mixwest Conference at UIndy, July 31-Aug. 1

July 31, 2014 Leave a comment
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12 Stars Media CEO Rocky Walls at last year’s Mixwest Conference.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC
http://aroundindy.com/meetings.php

The 7th annual Mixwest social media conference is scheduled for today and tomorrow, July 31 and Aug. 1, 2014, at the University of Indianapolis.

Organized by Noah Coffey and Shawn Plew, this conference brings together marketing, social and digital media, design and tech combined to offer one of the most valuable and worthwhile social media conferences anywhere in the Midwest.

This year’s conference speakers include some of Indiana’s foremost social media experts such as Kyle Lacy, Erik Deckers, Doug Karr, Lorraine Ball, Duncan Alney, Steven Shattuck, Chuck Gose, Robby Slaughter, and many others.

The conference will be held in UIndy Hall in Schwitzer Student Center on the University of Indianapolis campus from 8 am to 4:30 pm each day. The university is located at 1400 East Hanna Avenue on the south side of Indianapolis.

For more information, visit http://www.mixwest.com/.