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Violette Verdy presented with medal Oct 16, 2013

BLOOMINGTON — Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor Violette Verdy was presented the President’s Medal for Excellence by Indiana University …

Review: IU Ballet celebrates Violette Verdy Oct 11, 2013

by Rita Kohn Challenging choreography looked easy at IU Ballet Theater’s season opener of three engaging works featuring constantly changing …

Verdy receives President’s Medal of Excellence award Oct 9, 2013

Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor Violette Verdy was honored by IU President Michael McRobbie Saturday with the President’s Medal …

Violette Verdy Returns to the Paris Opera Ballet Jun 18, 2013

Distinguished Professor Violette Verdy is once again teaching at the Paris Opera Ballet. Company director Brigitte Lefèvre invited her to …

HT Ballet Review: Program full of fun Mar 27, 2013

HeraldTimesOnline.com IU SPRING BALLET Ballet review: Program full of fun By Nicole BrooksH-T Reviewer March 25, 2013 Indiana University Ballet …

PREVIEW: Spring ballet to fill the stage with students of dance Mar 20, 2013

HeraldTimesOnline.com Arts Corner Spring ballet to fill the stage with students of dance By Marci Creps 331-4375 | mcreps@heraldt.com March …

Nutcracker Review: Indiana Daily Student Dec 3, 2012

‘Nutcracker’ tradition continues  IDS | December 02, 2012 Forget Christmas music on the radio. The holiday season begins when IU …

REVIEW: IU Ballet’s season opener lives up to high expectations Oct 1, 2012

HeraldTimesOnline.com Dance Review: ‘Light and Shade’ IU Ballet’s season opener lives up to high expectations By Nicole Brooks 331-4232 | …

2012-13 IU ballet season features new shows Apr 9, 2012

2012-13 IU opera, ballet seasons feature three new shows By Peter Jacobi H-T Columnist April 8, 2012 click here for …

Review: Performance draws cheers Mar 27, 2012

Performance draws cheers By Peter Jacobi H-T Reviewer | pjacobi@heraldt.com March 26, 2012 click here for original article The story …

Dana Navarro appointed IU Jacobs School of Music director of marketing and publicity

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Dana Navarro as director of marketing and publicity, effective Nov. 10.

IU Jacobs School of Music announces 2014-15 season live streaming

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has announced its 2014-15 live streaming schedule, including performances from IU Opera and Ballet Theater. The streaming project provides an opportunity for anyone with a broadband Internet connection anywhere in the world to watch high-definition video of performances taking place on the Musical Arts Center and Auer Hall stages.

IU Jacobs School Summer Philharmonic presents explosive performance June 28

Offering diverse programming in a symphonic presentation, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will present a unique concert by the Summer Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jacobs professor David Effron, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, in the Musical Arts Center.

IU Jacobs School's Summer Music series features assortment of world-class concerts

As part of Indiana University's fourth annual Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music will present Summer Music, a series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 7 through July 25. The series will include an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, jazz, chamber music, piano, choral, band, percussion, opera and other special events.

Alain Barker appointed director of entrepreneurship and career development at IU Jacobs School of Music

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Alain Barker as director of entrepreneurship and career development, and lecturer, effective July 1, 2014.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater 2014-15 season includes audience favorites

Two new productions, including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "South Pacific," will be featured in an eclectic collection of audience favorites during the 2014-15 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center.

Verdy honored with President's Medal at IU Ballet's celebration of her legacy

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presented the President's Medal for Excellence to Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor Violette Verdy over the weekend. The medal was awarded to Verdy just before the start of IU Ballet Theater's fall ballet, "Classical Europe: Celebrating Violette," on Oct. 5. She choreographed one of the three pieces performed during the ballet, set to music by Brahms.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater 2013-14 season travels around the globe

A world premiere, an additional new production, an updated production and a tribute to one of the Jacobs School of Music's most distinguished faculty members await explorers of all kinds at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center during the 2013-14 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season.

Jacobs School appoints Espen Jensen director of admissions and financial aid

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that Norwegian-born Espen Jensen is its new director of admissions and financial aid. He began his activities as director March 18, 2013.

'Ballet at the BCT' presents new choreography from IU Ballet Department, April 17 & 18

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Department of Ballet presents its annual 'Ballet at the BCT: The Choreography Project' at 7:30 p.m. on April 17 and 18 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. Thirty short ballets will be performed, displaying diversity in style and technique, with an equally diverse set of musical selections. The highly anticipated performances are free and open to the public.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater 2013-14 season travels around the globe

A world premiere, an additional new production, an updated production and a tribute to one of the Jacobs School of Music's most distinguished faculty members await explorers of all kinds at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center during the 2013-14 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season -- "9 Stops: 1 Incredible Journey."

IU Ballet Theater completes season with works from legendary choreographers Bournonville and Balanchine

Weaving two eras of dance together, Indiana University Ballet Theater will bring its 2012-13 season to a close with a program featuring three ballets from two legendary choreographers -- August Bournonville and George Balanchine. The spring ballet "Old World New World" will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center. "To The Pointe" pre-concert talks will be offered at 7 p.m. each evening.

Jacobs School students win in National Society of Arts and Letters competitions

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music students received numerous awards in the Bloomington Chapter of the 2013 National Society of Arts and Letters voice, instrumental and ballet competitions recently held at the school.

IU Ballet Theater presents 'The Nutcracker'

Indiana University Ballet Theater will present its 54th annual production of "The Nutcracker" at the Musical Arts Center at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2.

Pennsylvania Ballet dancers visit IU Jacobs School of Music for residency

Marking the first time a leading professional ballet company has visited the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for the sole purpose of working with IU Ballet Theater dancers, Pennsylvania Ballet will be in residence at the Musical Arts Center from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.

IU Ballet Theater performs iconic Martha Graham ballet for first time

Indiana University Ballet Theater opens its 2012-13 season Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, with its fall ballet, "Light and Shade," a program featuring trend-setting styles of dance from three iconic American choreographers. The company will perform Martha Graham's "Appalachian Spring" for the first time.

IU Jacobs School of Music announces 2012-13 season live streaming
Don Giovanni Streaming 2012

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has announced its 2012-13 live streaming schedule, including performances from IU Opera and Ballet Theater. The streaming project provides an opportunity for anyone with a broadband Internet connection anywhere in the world to watch high-definition video of performances taking place on the Musical Arts Center and Auer Hall stages.

Jacobs School Pre-College Ballet celebrates 25th anniversary with 'Swan Lake' performance

On Saturday, April 28, the IU Jacobs School of Music Pre-College Ballet Program will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a set of collaborative performances with students in the IU String Academy, IU Pre-College Young Harpists, IU Young Pianists Program and the Fairview Elementary Violin Project. The free public event, starting at 3 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center, will culminate in a workshop performance of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake."

"Glory Without Love?" Lully opera selections performed in Baroque style

The delights of Jean-Baptiste Lully's magical dances, airs, recitatives and triumphant marches will be on display April 21 and 22 at 4 p.m. in Auer Hall as the Early Music Institute, Jacobs School Ballet Department and Pro Arte Singers combine forces to present "Lully: Glory Without Love?"

"Ballet at the BCT" to present new choreography from IU Ballet Department

As its final production of the season, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department presents the annual "Ballet at the BCT: The Choreography Project" April 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. Like many Jacobs School of Music events, the performances are free and open to the public.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater announces 2012-13 season

Three new productions and a collection of classics, including a reprise of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," will take the stage at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center during the 2012-13 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season.

Jacobs School students excel in local NSAL competition

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music students received numerous awards in the Bloomington Chapter of the 2012 National Society of Arts and Letters voice, instrumental and ballet competitions recently held at the Jacobs School of Music. The top two winners in each category will perform at the NSAL 46th Annual Showcase of the Arts on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

IU Ballet Theater casts multiple dancers in lead roles for 'The Sleeping Beauty'

In its first full-length production since 2005, Indiana University Ballet Theater will present "The Sleeping Beauty" March 23 and 24 at the Musical Arts Center, 101 N. Jordan Ave.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater announces spring 2012 live streaming
Rosenkavalier

Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater at the Jacobs School of Music has announced its spring 2012 live streaming schedule. The streaming project provides an opportunity for anyone with a broadband Internet connection anywhere in the world to watch high-definition video of performances taking place on the Musical Arts Center stage.

IU Ballet Theater presents 'The Nutcracker'
Nutcracker

Clara. The Mouse King. The Nutcracker. And, of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy. They return to the stage in the Indiana University Ballet Theater's 53rd annual production of The Nutcracker at the Musical Arts Center, at 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 3-4.

IU Ballet Theater's Fall Ballet 'Steps in Time' with three pioneering choreographers

Indiana University Ballet Theater opens its 2011-2012 season of ballet productions Oct. 7-8 with Steps in Time, a diverse display of works by three revolutionary American choreographers from the 20th and 21st centuries who have played leading roles in rejuvenating the international art of ballet.

IU Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor Violette Verdy to receive New York City Ballet award
Violette Verdy

Violette Verdy, distinguished professor of ballet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will receive the 2011 Jerome Robbins Award on stage at an all-Robbins New York City Ballet evening at the David Koch Theater Sept. 30. She will join 25 other former and current company ballerinas, all of whom worked with choreographer Robbins.

Ballet at the BCT to present new choreography from IU Ballet Department

Just weeks after its spring ballet production in the Musical Arts Center, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Department of Ballet presents its annual "Ballet at the BCT: The Choreography Project" April 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. The performances are free and open to the public.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater announces 2011-2012 season
The Sleeping Beauty

Four new productions and a collection of classics, including a reprise of Puccini's La Bohème, will take the stage at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater during the 2011-2012 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season.

IU Auditorium presents world-class dance company the Joffrey Ballet
Joffrey Ballet

Classically trained dancers from the Joffrey Ballet will perform their interpretations of classic and contemporary pieces at IU Auditorium on April 5 at 8 p.m.

IU Ballet Theater presents 'New York, New York!'

Taking traditional ballet to the edge of expression and back again, Indiana Univeristy Ballet Theater offers three major choreographies by three leading 20th-century New York choreographers in its upcoming spring ballet program New York, New York!. Two 8 p.m. performances will take place in the Musical Arts Center March 25-26. A 2 p.m. matinee performance is scheduled for March 26.

Bursar Billing option now available at IU Musical Arts Center for students

The Musical Arts Center has announced that IU students are invited to purchase tickets by billing their bursar account. The service expands payment options available to students when they visit the Box Office in person.

IU Ballet Theater presents annual performance of 'The Nutcracker'

IU Ballet Theater will present its 52nd annual production of The Nutcracker at the Musical Arts Center, Dec. 3-4 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 4-5 at 2 p.m. The popular production will feature choreography created specifically for the Jacobs School of Music's dancers by Michael Vernon, chair of the Jacobs School Ballet Department. "The level of dancing continues to improve," Vernon said. "There is always something new to see in the ballet because the dancers change every year. The freshmen, who constitute the corps de ballet in the waltz, are, in my opinion, one of the best freshmen classes ever. The audience will really enjoy that dance."

IU Auditorium presents Broadway award-winner 'A Chorus Line,' featuring several IU alums
A Chorus Line

The classic Broadway musical A Chorus Line comes to IU Auditorium for two nights, Nov. 16-17, at 8 p.m. Seventeen Broadway hopefuls seek parts in the chorus of an upcoming Broadway production. All have made the first cut, but the second part of the audition is something none of the performers expects: the director asks each hopeful to come forward and talk about who they are inside. Throughout the show, the audience learns the story of each dancer's struggles, triumphs and everything in between. In the end, only eight make it to the chorus, but the story of how they got there will be remembered.

IU Jacobs School of Music announces endowed chair in ballet

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has received the gift of an endowment to support the first faculty chair position in its ballet department, Dean Gwyn Richards announced today. The inaugural recipient of the Kathy Ziliak Anderson Chair in Ballet is Distinguished Professor Violette Verdy.

Jacobs School of Music debuts world premiere of new choreography in Fall Ballet
Fall Ballet

This season, falling leaves bring graceful leaps to the Indiana University Musical Arts Center stage with a world premiere of new choreography from New York choreographer Joshua Bergasse. The 2010 IU Ballet Theater Season commences with "A Choreographer's Evening" on Oct. 8 and 9 at 8 p.m., featuring four separate dances that blend modern, classical and original styles that highlight a broad range of choreography in dance.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater announces 2010-11 live streaming

Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater at the Jacobs School of Music announced its 2010-11 streaming schedule today. All streams may be accessed through the IU Music Live! website.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater announces 2010-2011 season

Two world premieres, a number of new productions and some classic favorites will be on exhibit at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center during Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater's 2010-2011 season, including the world premiere of Vincent, based on the life of painter Vincent Van Gogh.

Ballet at BCT introduces new choreography to Bloomington community

Just weeks after its successful presentation of "An American Evening" Spring Ballet, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Department of Ballet presents its annual "Ballet at the BCT: The Choreography Project" at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. "Ballet at the BCT" takes place April 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. As with many Jacobs School of Music events, the performances are free and open to the public.

Distinguished Professor Violette Verdy to tape video series for Balanchine Foundation

Distinguished Professor Violette Verdy and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, former chair of the IU Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department -- both former principal dancers with New York City Ballet -- will teach and coach their roles in Liebeslieder Walzer for The George Balanchine Foundation's Video Archives. Taping over a two-day period will commence March 28 in New York City Ballet studios.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents family-friendly spring ballet 'An American Evening'
Rodeo

Indiana University Ballet Theater will conclude its 2009-2010 season in patriotic style in the Musical Arts Center with An American Evening March 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. A newly introduced matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 27. The spring production will feature ballets that have been inspired by America and its dancers through works of the legendary George Balanchine ("Serenade" and "Rubies") and choreographic pioneer Agnes de Mille ("Rodeo").

IU Ballet Theater presents 'The Nutcracker'

Opening Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center is IU Ballet Theater's annual production of The Nutcracker. The production will feature choreography created specifically for the Jacobs School's dancers by Michael Vernon, chair of the Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department.

Jacobs School of Music fall ballet honors 100th anniversary of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes

Around the world, ballet companies from the Kirov to the Royal Ballet are planning performances that will honor the 100th anniversary of the first performance by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. Joining the celebration, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Ballet Theater will present its fall ballet program, Diaghilev Tribute. The evening features the work of two choreographers from the Diaghilev era, George Balanchine and Bronislava Nijinska, and new choreography from Michael Vernon, chair of the Jacobs School Department of Ballet.

2009-2010 IU Opera and Ballet Theater Season announced by the Jacobs School of Music

Comedy, tragedy, magic, madness, jealousy, deceit and fantasy all will take center stage at IU Bloomington's Musical Arts Center during Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater's 2009-2010 season. Among the highlights will be Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, in celebration of the recent unprecedented gift from the family of Leonard Bernstein that contains the contents of his Fairfield, Conn., composing studio, and the history of Bernstein's long association with the Jacobs School.

IU ballet brings innovative choreography to the Buskirk-Chumley

Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music will present its annual "Ballet at the BCT: The Choreography Project" at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington on April 15-16 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance April 16 at 2 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

A new "Swan Lake" centerpiece of IU Ballet Theater's Spring Ballet

In its 2008-2009 season finale, Indiana University Ballet Theater presents "Variations on a Russian Theme," with a new, contemporary classical version of Swan Lake and a world premiere choreography by Matthew Neenan, March 27 and 28 at the Musical Arts Center.

IU Jacobs Professor Violette Verdy awarded France's highest decoration

Violette Verdy, a distinguished professor in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has been named a Chevalier (Knight) in France's National Order of the Legion of Honor, an award from President M. Nicolas Sarkozy. The order is France's highest decoration.

Ballet Theater presents edgy new choreography at Buskirk-Chumley

Showcasing recent work by up-and-coming regional choreographers, Indiana University Ballet Theater will present "Ballet at the BCT: On the Edge" on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. General admission tickets are $10, and tickets are $5 for all students with a valid student ID.

IU Ballet Theater presents edgy new choreography at Buskirk-Chumley

Showcasing recent work by up-and-coming regional choreographers, Indiana University Ballet Theater will present "Ballet at the BCT: On the Edge" on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. General admission tickets are $10, and tickets are $5 for all students with a valid student ID.

World premiere, noted artists, local gems featured at IU dance concert
Dancers

The focus is on "community" as modern dance majors at Indiana University perform two guest artist pieces as well as original faculty creations during the IU Contemporary Dance Program's annual guest artist and faculty concert.

IU Ballet Theater presents 50th annual 'Nutcracker' performance

It's a year of significant anniversaries for Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music: The school is in the midst of celebrating the 60th anniversary of its Opera Theater. And opening Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center is IU Ballet Theater's 50th annual production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker. This Nutcracker production will feature choreography created specifically for the Jacobs School's talented dancers by Michael Vernon, chair of the Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department.

IU Ballet Theater presents 50th annual "Nutcracker" performance

It's a year of significant anniversaries for Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music: The school is in the midst of celebrating the 60th anniversary of its Opera Theater. And opening Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center is IU Ballet Theater's 50th annual production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker. This Nutcracker production will feature choreography created specifically for the Jacobs School's talented dancers by Michael Vernon, chair of the Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department.

IU Ballet Theater opens season with world-premiere choreography from Michael Vernon
Fall Ballet

Indiana University Ballet Theater begins its 2008-2009 season Oct. 10 with Ballets of Our Time, featuring top choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries -- including IU Ballet Department Chair Michael Vernon, who will present the world premiere of his new ballet Endless Night, with music by Philip Glass and a guest performance by Daniel Ulbricht, principal dancer of the New York City ballet. In addition to Endless Night, Ballets of Our Time will include George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments and Twyla Tharp's Sweet Fields, set to live music for the first time ever.

Joshua Bell and Leonard Slatkin help open IU Jacobs School of Music 2008-09 season in September

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music continues to nurture and present the world's greatest musicians. With four new IU Opera and Ballet Theater productions, in addition to the usual hundreds of other performances, the Jacobs School offers another ambitious season in 2008-09. Two internationally distinguished Jacobs faculty talents join forces to kick off the orchestral season on Sept. 17 as Leonard Slatkin conducts the IU Philharmonic Orchestra and violinist Joshua Bell at 8 p.m. in the IU Auditorium.

IU ballet at the BCT focuses on choreography
The Choreography Project

Continuing its ongoing partnership with the community, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music presents the annual "Ballet at the BCT: The Choreography Project" at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington on April 15-16 at 8 p.m. Presented by the IU Department of Ballet, the workshop will feature 13 new works choreographed and danced by its ballet majors.

IU Ballet Theater brings audiences a night at the opera (at the ballet)
Fall Ballet

The IU Ballet Department's origins as a means of supplying operas with dancers inspired Michael Vernon, chair of the IU Jacobs School's Ballet Department, to offer ballet audiences "A Night at the Opera (at the Ballet)." On March 21 and 22, dancers will perform to ballet music from beloved operas by Gounod, Rossini, Handel and Meyerbeer.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater celebrates 60th anniversary with productions old and new
Guilio Cesare

Familiar favorites combine with forays into fantasy in the 60th Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season. The 2008-2009 lineup includes beloved standards like Verdi's La Traviata, Giulio Cesare by Handel and The Nutcracker ballet, in addition to fairy-tale fun in Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges and Massenet's Le Cendrillon, the Cinderella story interpreted in the French operatic style.

IU Ballet Theater presents annual performance of "The Nutcracker"

The Indiana University Ballet Theater continues its tradition of holiday excellence this year by introducing its classic The Nutcracker with a new twist. The 49th annual production, opening Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center, will feature new choreography by Michael Vernon, chair of the Jacobs School of Music Ballet Department, following a nine-year run of choreography by Jacobs School of Music professor Jacques Cesbron.

IU Ballet Theater opens season Oct. 5-6 with fall ballet "Perspectives 1900s"
Fall ballet

Indiana University Ballet Theater begins its exciting new season Oct. 5 and 6 with the fall ballet "Perspectives 1900s," a varied selection of vignettes, all rooted in one of the most inventive artistic periods in the history of dance. "The turn of the century was a particularly fertile time for the art of ballet," said Michael Vernon, chair of the IU Jacobs School of Music's Ballet Department. "It was a time when, instead of ballet following fashion, ballet actually influenced fashion."

College premiere of Bolcom's "A Wedding" marks season of firsts for IU Opera and Ballet Theater

Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater, which has staged a number of world premiere performances in recent years, will add to its list of firsts during its 2007-2008 season, announced today (March 5). The upcoming season at the IU Jacobs School of Music features the nation's first collegiate performance of the opera A Wedding by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, who has commissioned IU Opera Theater for two previous collegiate premieres.

Indiana University Ballet Theater begins new era with Fall Ballet

Indiana University Ballet Theater begins a new era Oct. 6 and 7 as it opens its 2006-07 season with the Fall Ballet "From Balanchine to Baker: An International Evening of Dance" at the Musical Arts Center. The program will mark Michael Vernon's official debut as the newly appointed chair of the IU Jacobs School of Music's Ballet Department, while his ballet Cathedral also makes its Bloomington debut the same weekend.

Appointment signals new era for IU Ballet Theater

As the newly appointed chair of the Department of Ballet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Michael Vernon has been charged with carrying on the tradition of excellence and high professional standards that have become synonymous with ballet in Bloomington, while also putting his own "stamp" on the ballet department. It's a mission, he says, that he looks forward to leading.

First steps: Baroque dance introduced to a new generation

In its 30-year history, the New York Baroque Dance Company has been embraced by music and dance lovers worldwide and credited with the revival of 18th-century ballet. Its members have taken steps, literally, to ensure that future generations experience this influential style of dance. As part of that effort to reach out to future generations, Turocy and her troupe are now partnering with music and dance students at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. They are engaged in a two-week residency at the school, which will culminate with a performance with the IU Baroque Orchestra under the direction of IU violin professor Stanley Ritchie on April 2 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents at the Buskirk Chumley Theater in April

Baroque dance, opera, ballet. In Bloomington, most people would associate these things with the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and they would be correct. However, this time there's a twist. Expanding its ongoing partnership with the community, the Jacobs School of Music is proud to present three world-class events at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington in April 2006. All events are free and open to the public!

From Bournonville to Balanchine: An Evening of Legendary Ballets

Indiana University Ballet Theater will salute three patriarchs in the world of dance when it presents its annual Spring Ballet on March 24 and 25 at the Musical Arts Center. The evening of legendary ballets will feature ballets choreographed by Marius Petipa, the father of classical ballet who elevated Russian ballet to international fame; contemporary choreographer and American ballet founder George Balanchine; and August Bournonville, who led the Royal Danish Ballet during the height of the Danish Golden Age. Music for the concert will be performed by the IU University Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Zollman.

IU Ballet Theater opens new season with two world premieres

The Indiana University Ballet Theater will open its 2005-06 season Oct. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center. The performance will feature four striking pieces, highlighting the talents and artistry of the dancers and faculty in one of the country's leading programs. Scheduled are two pas de deux, both significant in the development of contemporary ballet, and two world premieres.

Classic ballet 'Cinderella' gets a new look

The Indiana University Ballet Theater will debut a world premiere production of Cinderella on March 25 and 26 at the Musical Arts Center, the largest university performance stage in North America. The performances will feature all-new choreography, sets and costumes to accompany Sergei Prokofiev's score performed by students of the IU School of Music.

Two Faculty Members and Music Theory Student Recognized at IU Founders Day

Two IU School of Music faculty members - Miriam Fried and Violette Verdy - and one doctoral student - Victoria L. Malawey - are recognized for their outstanding teaching and research at the annual Indiana University Founders Day celebration on March 6 at 1 p.m. in Bloomington's Assembly Hall.

Violette Verdy

Violette Verdy is one of the premier ballet dancers of the twentieth century and has dedicated her post-performance life to training future generations of dancers. Her remarkable achievements as a dancer, teacher, and administrator in several of the world's foremost dance companies and ballet schools have garnered her international acclaim. Now, she is honored with IU's Distinguished Professor title.

Music Notes
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The following tip sheet provides information about music news and events happening at the Indiana University School of Music. This issue we feature an 85th birthday celebration in honor of Juan Orrego-Salas, founder of IU's Latin American Music Center and champion of Latin American classical music; the U.S. premiere by IU's New Music Ensemble of a composition by famed British composer Harrison Birtwistle; and a glimpse of a "not so ordinary" The Nutcracker as performed by students of IU's Ballet Theater.