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IU Jacobs School?s Summer Music series features diverse programming

June 13, 2017

Thomas Wilkins (left) and Arnaldo Cohen (right)

Conductor Thomas Wilkins (left) and pianist Arnaldo Cohen (right) will perform with the Summer Philharmonic at 8 p.m. July 15 in the Musical Arts Center.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s annual Summer Music series kicks off at 7 p.m. June 14 on the Musical Arts Center’s lawn with the Summer Concert Band conducted by Stephen W. Pratt, Eric Smedley and Ryan Yahl. (The concert will move inside the MAC in the case of rain.)

The series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 14 through July 27 will include an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, jazz, chamber music, piano, choral, band, percussion and other special events.

The Summer Philharmonic will offer two special concerts this year, beginning with its “Hollywood Blockbusters” pops concert June 28, conducted by guest Stuart Chafetz. Audiences will enjoy music from some of their favorite films, including “Gone with the Wind,” “The Godfather,” “Star Wars” and many more.

Newly appointed faculty conductor Thomas Wilkins will lead the Philharmonic and faculty pianist Arnaldo Cohen July 15 in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9.

Members of the Jacobs School’s premier orchestra will also be featured when they join the Summer Chorus July 8 in Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella” and Haydn’s Mass in D Minor (“Lord Nelson Mass”) conducted by Betsy Burleigh, chair of the Choral Department.

The popular Steve Houghton Trio, led by faculty drummer Houghton, returns July 10, with special guest Rusty Burge on vibraphone.

Other highlights include the complete Beethoven piano concertos performed as part of the Edward Auer Summer Piano Workshop over the course of two nights. July 22 will feature guest conductor Eugene Abulescu with workshop faculty Junghwa Moon Auer and Peter Bithell, piano soloists. July 23 will see Abulescu conducting again, with faculty pianist Auer and guest pianist Jerome Lowenthal.

Many more concerts are on tap. View the full list.

Some events are free, and some require tickets. A limited number of discounted Summer Music Passes are offered to the general public, with further reductions for full-time students. Tickets and passes are available now from the Musical Arts Center Box Office, 812-855-7433, or online.

Linda Cajigas
Assistant Director of Communications
IU Jacobs School of Music
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