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Unicamente la Verdad

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Contemporary Opera, Media, and New Artistic Expressions

Friday, 8 August, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Sweeney Hall
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Saturday, 9 August, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Sweeney Hall

(download complete schedule here)

An informal colloquium on the occasion of the premiere of the opera ¡Únicamente la verdad! (Only the Truth!) by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz as part of the Jacobs School of Music’s Summer Festival. Scholars, performers, and presenters led by Jacobs School of Music Professor Marianne Kielian-Gilbert, will explore the future of opera, the impact of popular and traditional genres on new postmodern art of Latin America, and the interactions of opera with new technologies and multi-disciplinary genres. All sessions are open to faculty, students, and the public.

Contesting stereotypes about border culture, and exploring interactions of music genres, technology, and dance, Borderland Imaginations also considers the challenges of contemporary opera. Presenters from musicology, music theory, composition, Latin American music and culture, and opera conducting and production, will offer perspectives on the creative potential of border spaces for artistic expression and on the frontiers of contemporary opera.

The colloquium includes three informal panel discussions:

I. Interactions of new art music, popular music, and traditional genres, especially from Latin America

II. New Opera: What is it? What could it be?

III. Creative collaborations leading to ¡Únicamente la Verdad!

Confirmed Presenters and Distinguished Guests:

Cary Boyce
(Composer-in-Residence & Artistic Co-director, Aguavá New Music Studio)
Edmon Colomer (Music Director, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Picardie in France)
Brian Dickie (General Director, Chicago Opera Theatre),
Rosemary Holland (Artistic Director, Carolina Performing Arts, Chapel Hill),
Christopher Hunt (Opera administrator, Festival director, and Professor, Arts Administration, Indiana University)
Don Freund (Composition, Indiana University)
Stephanie C. Kane (Criminal Justice and Gender Studies, Indiana University),
Marianne Kielian-Gilbert (Music Theory, Indiana University),
Steven Lankenau (Director of Programming, Brooklyn Philharmonic),
Javier F. León (Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University),
Alejandro L. Madrid (Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago)
Konstantinos Mavromichalis (Production and Responsive Visuals Designer, ¡Únicamente la Verdad!),
John H. McDowell (Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University),
Zizi Mueller (Director, Composers & Repertoire, Boosey and Hawkes, Inc.),
Gabriela Ortiz (Composer, ¡Únicamente la Verdad!, Professor of Composition, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City),
Rubén Ortiz-Torres (Visual Artist and Librettist, ¡Únicamente la Verdad!, Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego),
Chía Patiño (Stage Director,¡Únicamente la Verdad!, former fellow of the Cafritz-Domingo program at the National Opera, Washington, D.C.),
Marysol Quevedo (Ph.D. program, Musicology, Indiana University),
Barbara Scales (President, Latitude45Arts, Montreal, Canada),
Susanne Schwibs (Producer/Director Radio-TV & WTIU; Lecturer, Communication & Culture, Indiana University),
Rodrigo Sigal and Francisco Colasanto (Sound designers, ¡Únicamente la Verdad!, Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts),
Carmen Helena Téllez (Conductor, ¡Únicamente la Verdad!, Director, Latin American Music Center and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble; Professor, Choral Conducting, Indiana University),
Alicyn Warren (Composer and video artist, Adjunct Faculty, Center for Electronic and Computer Music, Indiana University).


This colloquium has been possible through the generous support of:
New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities at Indiana University
The Guillermo and Lucille Espinosa Fund
The Latin American Music Center
The Jacobs School of Music

Co-producer and Colloquium Director: Marianne Kielian-Gilbert
Co-producer and Music Director, ¡Unicamente la Verdad!: Carmen Helena Téllez
Managing Producer: Mark Brennan Doerries
Associate Producer: Cinthia Alireti
Web and Graphic Designer: Priscilla Borges
Visual Documentation: Bernardo Gordillo, Erick Carballo

Sponsoring Organizations:

Latin American Music Center
Director: Carmen Helena Téllez

Jacobs School of Music
Dean and IU Summer Music Festival Director: Gwyn Richards
Office of Marketing and Publicity, Director: Alain Barker
Choral Department, Administrative Director: David Villanueva
Office of Business Affairs: Royce Deckard (Director), Deborah Harden, Nancy Waldon, Judith Brennan

We dedicate this colloquium and the premiere of ¡Unicamente la Verdad!
to the memory of Guillermo Espinosa, for his indefatigable effort towards
the promotion of the music of the Americas.

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