Orchestral Conducting

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Alumnus Nicholas Hersh (MM ’12) named assistant conductor for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Jul 30, 2014

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recently appointed Nicholas Hersh as its new Assistant Conductor. His tenure begins in September 2014. Previously, …

Idea for summer program becomes annual treat Jul 17, 2014

By Peter Jacobi   If you look at the printed program for this afternoon’s Summer Music concert in Auer Hall, …

Music Review: Festival Chamber Players Jul 2, 2014

Festival Chamber Players’ opener is mesmerizing By Peter Jacobi   Sonatas of Prokofiev and Brahms and a Smetana piano trio …

MUSIC REVIEW: Summer Philharmonic Jul 2, 2014

Informal fun concert earns standing ovation By Peter Jacobi   Even the trappings differed from the usual orchestral concert in …

Music review: Rubens Quartet Jul 2, 2014

Quartet covers the centuries in concert By Peter Jacobi   Products from three centuries filled Wednesday evening’s Rubens Quartet program …

Rubens Quartet, Summer Philharmonic take the stage this week Jun 23, 2014

A visiting string quartet and the season’s one full-scale, honest-to-goodness orchestral concert are among this week’s highlights of Summer Music, …

Music Review: Spring Festival of Bands Apr 28, 2014

Three bands spring festival of ‘Mostly Bernstein’ was total success By Peter Jacobi   The title given to this annual …

MUSIC REVIEW: Philharmonic and St. Clair Apr 28, 2014

Guest conductor brings out the best in IU Philharmonic By Peter Jacobi   Every so often, an invitation goes out …

Concert Review: New Music Ensemble Apr 28, 2014

New music By Peter Jacobi   And it really was new music that the New Music Ensemble introduced at its …

REVIEW: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Mar 13, 2014

By Peter Jacobi Last April, the Indianapolis Symphony and its gifted music director, Krzysztof Urbanski, paid us a visit to …

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 Jacobs School of Music presents the 'Beethoven Fifth Project: Behind the Score'

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music presents an in-depth view into the creation of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as it presents the "Beethoven Fifth Project: Behind the Score," including several free public events this month.

Jacobs School of Music partners with WFIU for July 23 simulcast of Festival Orchestra and Chorus concert
Dominick DiOrio

In the third such collaboration in recent years, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is partnering with WFIU Public Radio to present a simulcast of the Festival Orchestra and Chorus concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, in Auer Hall.

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.

Celebrate Verdi's 200th birthday with free 'Requiem' performances by IU Jacobs School of Music
David Effron

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will celebrate Giuseppe Verdi's 200th birthday with a free public concert of the Italian composer's "Requiem" at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, the school's first formal appearance at the center's Palladium. The performance, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, will feature the Jacobs School's Concert Orchestra, Oratorio Chorus and four student soloists.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents Haydn masterwork "The Creation" in Bloomington and Indianapolis
William Jon Gray and choir

The Indiana University Pro Arte Singers and the IU Chamber Orchestra, both from the Jacobs School of Music, will present Joseph Haydn's masterwork "Die Schöpfung" ("The Creation") in three free performances, in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

Jacobs School of Music alumni featured in "Opera News" magazine
Opera News Cover

Three Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumni are featured in the August 2012 cover story of Opera News, "Opera's Next Wave: the Voices and Faces of the Future."

Pressler, complete Beethoven string quartets highlight IU Jacobs School's Summer Music series

As part of Indiana University's second annual Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music has assembled a Summer Music series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 13 through July 27. In all, the series offers an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, chamber music, piano, band, percussion, opera, jazz and other special events.

IU Cinema to host world premiere of silent film score written, conducted by Jacobs School of Music students
Ari Fisher and Nick Hersh

The world premiere of "The David Copperfield Project," a collaboration between IU Cinema and the Jacobs School of Music, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. The cinema commissioned IU sophomore Ari Fisher to score the 75-minute silent film, which will be performed by a 17-member student orchestra conducted by master's student Nicholas Hersh.

Joshua Bell joins the Summer Festival Orchestra
Joshua Bell

The Jacobs School of Music's 2011 Symphonic Series, a highlight of the Indiana University Summer Festival of the Arts, begins Friday, July 1, at the IU Auditorium with a performance by violin virtuoso and Jacobs faculty member Joshua Bell and the Summer Festival Orchestra, conducted by Michael Stern.

Joshua Bell, Menahem Pressler among artists to perform at Jacobs School's 'Summer Music' series
Joshua Bell

As part of the inaugural Indiana University Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music has assembled a "Summer Music" series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 20 through Aug. 10. In all, the series offers an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, chamber music, piano, band, percussion, opera, chorus and other special events. Highlights this year include violin virtuoso and Jacobs faculty member Joshua Bell, legendary pianist Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler and eclectic string trio Time for Three.

IU Cinema to present silent film 'Metropolis' accompanied by Jacobs student salon orchestra
Metropolis Orchestra Practice

The IU Cinema will present the world premiere theatrical re-release of the classic silent film Metropolis (1927) this weekend. The screening will re-create the director's original vision, reinserting the 25 minutes of "lost footage" that was cut by Paramount for the U.S. release in 1927. The film will be accompanied by the film's first newly arranged orchestral score for a salon orchestra. "The potential of doing world premieres here is a real honor," said Jacobs School Dean Gwyn Richards. "This is a wonderful opportunity for our students."

The Cleveland Orchestra Residency
The Cleveland Orchestra

Indiana University and The Cleveland Orchestra celebrate the Orchestra's first IU residency, to take place Jan. 24-26, 2011. The Orchestra will perform works by R. Strauss, Wagner and Bartók at IU Auditorium, Jan. 25, and selected IU students will have an opportunity to perform in a side-by-side rehearsal with the musicians on Jan. 24. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, orchestra musicians and administrators will offer additional educational activities for IU and Bloomington students during the three-day residency. Click here for access to the full schedule.

New ISO conductor Krzysztof Urbanski appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty

Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music announced today that 28-year-old Krzysztof Urbanski will be appointed an adjunct professor of music in the area of orchestral conducting. It was also announced this week (Oct. 19) that the Polish conductor will become music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

IU Jacobs School of Music 2010-11 season offers vast assortment of music, dance
Leonard Slatkin

Leonard Slatkin will conduct the IU Philharmonic Orchestra on Sept. 15 in a season-opening concert at the Musical Arts Center. The program will include Cindy McTee's Double Play and Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Op.14.

IU Philharmonic offers live performance online
Leonard Slatkin

Following live-streamed performances of IU Opera and Ballet Theater productions over the past year, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will stream this evening's performance of the IU Philharmonic Orchestra live over the Internet.

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 Jacobs School rules in D.C.
Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music took center stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts this past weekend with a trio of performances by two of its most high profile recent faculty appointees: world-renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin and pianist André Watts.

IU Jacobs School leads Washington's musical life this weekend

Two world-class concerts will take place this evening in different venues in the nation's capital: the Kennedy Center's Hall of Nations and the Library of Congress. Both feature Indiana University Jacobs School of Music-related musicians.

Leonard Slatkin to join faculty at IU Jacobs School of Music

Following a number of guest appearances at the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, internationally recognized American conductor Leonard Slatkin has decided to make the IU Jacobs School of Music his academic home, it was announced today (Oct. 27). Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra and five-time Grammy Award-winner, will be named the Arthur R. Metz Foundation Conductor at the Jacobs School.

Israeli conductor Uriel Segal to join IU School of Music's orchestra program for the 2004-05 season
Arts Icon

With the addition of Israeli-born conductor Uriel Segal to its ranks, the School of Music may have cemented its status as one of the world's elite destinations for orchestral study and performance.