New Voices Opera offers emerging IU composers creative growth, opportunities

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Jaclyn Lansbery. This weekend, the IU student organization New Voices Opera will present two original productions at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in the Whikehart Auditorium. Both operas are composed, performed and staffed completely by IU students and alumni. NVO was started two years ago by […]

IU choreographed work ‘Minor Bodies’ selected for national festival

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Brittany Aders: Indiana University choreography has been selected to showcase at the 2014 National College Dance Festival in June at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Ryan Galloway and Shannon Kazan, IU senior dance majors, will perform “Minor Bodies,” which was choreographed […]

IU jazz legend David Baker honored in tribute album

Indiana University musicians and fans of David Baker have come together to create a CD, titled “Singer of Songs,” in honor of the legendary IU professor’s musical styling and works.

With backgrounds in music studies, cellist Manuel Fischer-Dieskau, pianist Connie Shih and jazz pianist Monika Herzig– under the tutelage of IU legends such as David Baker, the late Janos Starker, George Gaber and Gyorgy Sebok– formed a triple threat in developing this special project. For percussion, Fischer-Dieskau chose to include friend and leading European percussionist Guy Frisch from Luxembourg.

IU choral ensemble director makes his debut at Carnegie Hall

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Jaclyn Lansbery. When I learned that IU’s African American Choral Ensemble was made up of non-music majors who hadn’t auditioned prior to joining the group, I was surprised. After seeing them perform during the 20th Potpourri of the Arts concert last fall, I was blown away by their […]

Hammer & Nail: Spotlight on original choreography and musical composition by IU students

IU students will showcase their original choreography and musical compositions this week during the annual Hammer & Nail concert, held once again at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington. Each night features two shows, at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Admission is free but a food donation to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank is encouraged.

IU’s funniest students to perform for IU Campus Comedy Festival

Guest post courtesy of internal communications intern Matt Bloom: Saturday is the Indiana University Campus Comedy Festival, an annual event where the funniest students on the Bloomington campus perform sketch, improv and stand-up comedy for everyone for free. Starting at 2:30 p.m. and lasting until we’re too tired to laugh, more than 75 students will […]

IU Fine Arts professor creates ‘Cloud Busting’ piece for health center’s art program

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Brittany Aders: “It is now proven through medical research that access to art and nature aid in the healing process.” — Michael Kaufmann, director of special projects and civic investment, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County. The Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital located in Marion County officially […]

Ojibwe art collected by Ostroms on display now at Mathers Museum

Time spent in a recent curatorship class taught by Mathers Museum of World Cultures director Jason Jackson sparked a desire in three IU graduate students to continue their work with a collection of items donated to the university by the late Elinor and Vincent Ostrom. The result? “Ojibwe Public Art, Ostrom Private Lives,” an exhibition […]

‘The Poetics of Rap’ — IU English professor breaks it down in the classroom

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Jaclyn Lansbery. Video by multimedia intern Lena Morris. Adrian Matejka asks his students to raise their hand if they’ve ever heard of American hip hop artist Mos Def. Most of them – about more than half of the class – raise their hands. Then he asks if they’ve […]

Author, former IU English professor Scott Russell Sanders: ‘True art emerges out of the desire to shape something’

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom colleague Jaclyn Lansbery: Every time my two young nieces get their hands on a palette of paint colors, they seize the chance to create something colorful they can give to my mother, who proudly hangs their artwork on the refrigerator door like masterpieces. My mother then, of course, is […]