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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.

Monday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.

"Musique adorable"

Presented by Katz, Sapper & Miller. Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

The opening phrase of Emmanuel Chabrier’s Ode à la Musique, “musique adorable,” could describe not only Chabrier’s own worship of music, but also the esteem in which his own works were held by composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Elisabeth Hoegberg and Mitzi Westra explore connections between Chabrier’s “adorable music” and that of Ravel, Poulenc, and Duparc in an evening of French music including Chabrier’s charming piano Impromptu, Poulenc’s cheeky Airs chantés, and selections from Duparc’s melodies.

Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.

Evening of Song

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

The UIndy Music Department boasts a wide variety of instrumental and choral ensembles featuring music majors and non-majors alike. Groups of varying sizes perform frequently throughout the year. From the UIndy Jazz Ensemble to the chamber vocal ensemble Schola, unique musical experiences await student participants and their audiences.

Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.

Honors Department Recital

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Zoran Krajisnik, guest guitarist

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center


Upcoming Events

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.

American Pianists Awards New Music Recital

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
Tickets: $20 general, $5 students

The five finalists of the 2017 American Pianists Awards begin the final week of their 13-month-long competition with a new music recital. Each pianist will play a short piece by composer Judith Lang Zaimont commissioned specifically for the Awards. The new work, "Attars," is named for fragrant essential oils used for perfumes as well as medicinal, therapeutic and religious purposes. In this short piece, five well-known attars are profiled. A varied repertoire of works by other prominent American composers will also be performed. Internationally lauded for her dramatic, emotional and vibrant works, Judith Lang Zaimont has been described as "a serious artist, formidably endowed, and capable of a broad audience appeal" (Fanfare) and "a composer of the first rank — a mid-career master" (New Music Connoisseur). Critics consistently praise her music, terming it "expressive and idiomatic" (Clavier), "colorful and commanding" (The New Records), and "exquisitely crafted, vividly characterized and wholly appealing" (New York Times).

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

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. Featuring pianist Steven Jones.

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 along with bassist Nick Tucker and guitarist Joel Tucker.

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

The UIndy Jazz Ensemble featuring the 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.

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

The UIndy Jazz Ensemble featuring 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.