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IU Jacobs School of Music presents at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in April

Bloomington, Ind. -- Baroque dance, opera, ballet. In Bloomington, most people would associate these things with the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and they would be correct. However, this time there's a twist.

Expanding its ongoing partnership with the community, the Jacobs School of Music is proud to present three world-class events at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington in April 2006. All events are free and open to the public!

BAROQUE DANCE

On April 2, the New York Baroque Dance Company will perform a series of fully-staged eighteenth-century choreographies, complete with period costumes. The performances will be accompanied by the period instrument IU Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Stanley Ritchie.

Rebel's "Les Caracteres de la Danse" and Geminiani's "La Follia" will comprise the first half of the program, while the second half will consist of Rameau's one-act opera/ballet "Pygmalion," featuring tenor David Wood in the title role; sopranos Angelique Zuluaga (Amour), Priscilla Borges (la Statue), and Kathryn Aaron (Cephise); and a choir from the Early Music Institute.

Staging and realizations of the eighteenth-century choreographies will be by Catherine Turocy, artistic director of the NYBDC.

Founded in 1976 by Artistic Director Catherine Turocy in collaboration with Ann Jacoby, the New York Baroque Dance Company has been a leading force in the revival of eighteenth-century ballet, challenging aesthetic conventions and bringing forgotten masterpieces to new audiences in what The Guardian has called "a whirlwind of desperately needed fresh air."

BALLET STUDIO

Cutting-edge choreography will be featured on April 19 and 20 when students from the IU Ballet Department take the stage to present this non-traditional side of ballet. In these creations, students control everything from the music to the choreography to the costumes. Contemporary music and jazz will be two of the musical forms used to support these new productions with a fresh perspective. Long-time ballet fans and first-timers alike can all appreciate works by some of the most talented ballet dancers in the nation and may even be able to catch a glimpse of the next rising star!

OPERA STUDIO

Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, and other characters step out of the storybook and into a 1970s psychiatric ward setting on April 28. Presented by students in the IU Department of Opera Studies, Conrad Susa's "Transformations" is an adult re-telling of several fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, with a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Anne Sexton. Sexton adapted several tales to form poems, chronicling a deeply troubled emotional journey. The opera incorporates varied musical and singing styles (including Bing Crosby, Lena Horne, W.C. Fields, the Andrews Sisters, and Ethel Merman), and dance forms such as the conga, samba, foxtrot, and habañera. The work uses a small orchestra, jazz- and blues-influenced melody, and quotations from music of the past, notably, an allusion to Mahler's Symphony No. 4 and Puccini's "Turandot."

All events begin at 8 p.m.