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Jacobs concert at IU Art Museum Sunday celebrates artist Kandinsky, composer Schoenberg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 10, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Two of the greatest innovators in modern art and music will be celebrated with a concert this Sunday, Feb. 13, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Indiana University Art Museum's Special Exhibitions Gallery (first floor). Faculty and students from IU's Jacobs School of Music will present the concert, titled "Embraced by the Second Viennese School," in honor of the 100th anniversary of the meeting of artist Vassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) and composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951).

Kandinsky - Orange
Vassily Kandinsky (Russian, 1866-1944). Orange, 1923. Color lithograph on paper. IU Art Museum 77.72.1.

Sunday's concert will feature Schoenberg's String Quartet in D Minor, as well as two compositions -- "Langsamer Satz" and "Six Bagatelles" -- by Schoenberg's student Anton Webern. The Second Viennese School was a group of composers that included Schoenberg, his students and his close associates in early 20th-century Vienna. (The first Viennese School included Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.) The music of the Second Viennese School was avant-garde, straining the bounds of traditional tonality.

Jacobs faculty members Jorja Fleezanis, violin, and Steven Wyrczynski, viola, will perform along with four Jacobs string students.

"It is fortuitous that this concert will be in the IU Art Museum, as they own a lovely collection of Kandinsky prints that come from the same period as these three quartets," Fleezanis said. "The artist's relationship with Schoenberg, himself a painter, was seminal, and it influenced Kandinsky's approach to the form and movement of his paintings."

Kandinsky's lithograph Orange (1923), from the IU Art Museum's permanent collection of works on paper, will be on view during the concert, reflecting the confluence of the arts between Kandinsky's Blaue Reiter group and the Second Viennese School.

Sunday's concert begins at 3 p.m. in the Art Museum's Special Exhibitions Gallery. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.artmuseum.iu.edu.

About the IU Art Museum

Since its establishment in 1941, the Indiana University Art Museum has grown into one of the foremost university art museums in the country. The IU Art Museum's collections include more than 40,000 objects ranging from ancient gold jewelry and African masks to paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, and representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history. Located at 1133 E. Seventh St. in the heart of the Bloomington campus, the IU Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., and features the popular Angles Café & Gift Shop. The Art Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. All exhibits are free and open to the public.