By: RACHEL NUNER
It’s a busy week in the School of the Arts. The month of February is ending with a bang as student musicians prepare for four various upcoming events. Two of the four events will be taking place in the newly renovated Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall, located on the first floor of IU South Bend’s Northside Hall.
The four approaching events include a performance from the Toradze Piano Studio at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 in the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall; the “Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit” program at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 in the Northside Hall Auditorium; the Ensemble Concept performance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 in the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall; and the IU Latin Jazz Ensemble performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 in the Northside Hall Auditorium.
The Toradze Piano Studio was founded by Alexander Toradze, who was appointed the Martin Endowed Professor of Piano at IUSB in 1991. Toradze created a teaching environment that is unparalleled in its unique concept, according to a press release.
After Toradze’s appointment in 1991, the studio began touring as a piano ensemble, which was the first of its kind in the United States. The Feb. 27 piano studio performance will feature Ilia Ulianitsky, a Russian pianist. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Students and children receive tickets free of charge.
The “Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit” program will feature three guest musicians. Albert Lee, a vocal tenor who received his master’s degree from Juilliard and doctor of music degree from Florida State University, will give a lecture on the musical settings of poetry that are within pieces written by African American author Langston Hughes. Other guest artists scheduled to perform include flautist Ridge Davis and pianist Karl Van Richards.
Vocalist Albert Lee will hold a vocal master class at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 in Northside Hall, room 026. Davis will present a flute master class at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 in the Education and Arts Building, room 1103. Tickets for the program cost $3. Admission for students and children is free. The individual master classes are free and open to the public.
The Ensemble Concept group is directed by IUSB’s associate professor of music Jorge Muniz. The ensemble is a new music group focused on performing and presenting music of the 20th and 21st century, according to a press release. Tickets range from $5-$9, while children and student admission is free.
The IU Bloomington Latin Jazz Ensemble is a twenty-four-member group featuring students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The group is lead by percussionist Michael Spiro and trombonist Wayne Wallace. The ensemble’s instrumentation includes brass, woodwinds, piano, percussion and vocals. It will be the group’s first time performing at IUSB. For ticket information, contact the IUSB Box Office at 574-520-4203.
With mid-terms right around the corner, now would be a great time for students to take a break to relax, relieve stress and enjoy some of the musical talents that are coming to IU South Bend.