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At a Glance

UIndy Arts is celebrating 22 years of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center with more than 100 events devoted to arts and culture. A schedule of events for the week is listed below. Admission is free to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

April 3 Through May 6

Art Exhibition: Art & Design Juried Student Exhibition

The Art Gallery (adjacent to the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall), Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Reception: April 3, 4-6 p.m.

This annual juried exhibition showcases the art and design work of University of Indianapolis students.

Monday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.

Darryl Pinckney

Trustees Dining Room, Schwitzer Student Center

Darryl Pinckney, a long time contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of two novels, High Cotton and Black Deutschland, and two works of nonfiction, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature, and Blackballed: The Black Vote and U.S. Democracy.

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.

UIndy Jazz Combo & Jazz Ensemble

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

UIndy’s own big band is the flagship of the Jazz Studies program and features students who audition for membership in the ensemble prior to the fall semester.This Jazz Week concert will feature music from Duke Ellington and Count Basie, as well as modern composers such as Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely. The UIndy Jazz Combo is a small group of musicians that performs jazz standards and music from the great American songbook. Free admission.

Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.

Typhanie Monique

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

Typhanie Monique as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” Music lovers throughout the Midwest know her as that region’s local favorite—warm, soulful, and charismatic. A bold, engaging performer with the ability to reach straight to the heart of her listeners, Monique has graced jazz’s most distinguished venues, including Chicago’s Jazz Showcase, Smalls Jazz Club in New York, and The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. She has enthralled audiences and brought enthusiastic crowds to their feet at major outdoor festivals like the Chicago Jazz Festival, and she has shared the stage with jazz’s elite, including Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, The Manhattan Transfer, and Rhythm and Blues legend Mavis Staples.

 Jazz Vocal Improvisation Workshop with Typhanie Monique at 5 p.m. Workshop is free and open to the public. 

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Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.

The Mark O'Connor Quartet

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

UIndy Director of Jazz Studies Mark O’Connor, an Austin, Texas, native, has been part of music scenes since 1996 as a performer, composer and educator. His latest CD, Suspended Reality, has received airplay throughout the U.S. and Europe and has garnered such praise as: “O’Connor’s tenor is meaty enough to channel the jazz tradition, but modern enough to capture the yearning vulnerabilities of his own time” (Neil Tesser, Chicago Jazz Music Examiner) and “A very good saxophonist he is… melodically and rhythmically engaging lines… expressiveness and melodic sensitivity” (Jazz Times Magazine). For his UIndy appearance, O’Connor is excited to debut his new Indianapolis-based ensemble, featuring nationally known drummer and Owl Records owner Kenny Phelps. 

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Friday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.

Dan Haerle Trio

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

Jazz pianist, composer, and educator Dan Haerle is one of the fathers of modern jazz education. He is a Regents professor emeritus of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, where he taught 35 years. At the 2012 Jazz Education Network conference, he was recognized, along with Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, and Jerry Coker, in the inaugural class of the LeJENds of Jazz Education Award. Haerle has performed with Clark Terry, Pat Metheny, David Liebman, Freddie Hubbard, and numerous other jazz leaders. He has recorded multiple albums, featuring his own music as well as jazz standards, with his trio and quartet. For his UIndy appearance, Haerle will be joined by bassist Jeremy Allen and drummer Steve Houghton. 

Jazz Improvisation Workshop with veteran jazz educator and pianist Dan Haerle, bassist Jeremy Allen, and drummer Steve Houghton at 5 p.m. Workshop is free and open to the public. 

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Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.

Tim Coffman & the Dan Haerle Trio

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

O Brass Artist/Clinician Tim Coffman is one of the most active trombonists and educators in the Chicago area. A graduate of the prestigious Jazz Studies program at Indiana University, Mr. Coffman worked closely with David Baker and Keith Brown. He has performed with such names as Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Johnny Griffin, Tito Puente, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Slide Hampton, Diana Krall, and Tony Bennett. Mr. Coffman is a jazz studies faculty member at DePaul University and North Central College, and is a long time teacher/artist at the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop. For his UIndy debut, Coffman will be joined by the Dan Haerle Trio.

Jazz Improvisation Workshop with Chicago trombonist Tim Coffman and The Dan Haerle Trio at 5 p.m. Workshop is free and open to the public. 

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Upcoming Events

Monday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Showcase

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

Faculty and guests feature European classics from the 18th and 20th centuries, from the intricate counterpoint of J.S. Bach to the rhythmic energy of György Ligeti. The evening opens with Bach’s Trio Sonata in D minor, BWV 527, followed by the Fantasia for guitar and piano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Marko Petričić plays music of Alexander Pushkarenko on the bayan accordion; our distinguished wind faculty conclude with Ligeti’s lively Six Bagatelles for woodwind quintet.

Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 & 8:30 p.m.

Student Chamber Ensemble

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

Wednesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

Student Composers Forum

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center