University of Indianapolis announces 2017-18 performing arts season

Fall lineup offers wide variety of world-class classical, jazz and piano concerts, theatre, fine arts and film

The University of Indianapolis delivers a broad range of diverse cultural activities to the Indianapolis metropolitan area with the announcement of the 2017-18 performing arts season. The campus serves as a destination point for vocal and instrumental music performances, theatre productions, art exhibitions, readings and lectures and highlights a progressive arts and musical culture in the region. Fall performances at UIndy include the Indianapolis Quartet, a celebration of Artist-in-Residence Raymond Leppard’s 90th birthday and pianist and Artist-in-Residence Drew Petersen.

The University has launched a new interactive website,, to coincide with the start of the fall performing arts season. See the website for event details and ticket information.

University Faculty Concert Series is sponsored by Katz, Sapper & Miller.

Joana Genova, second violinist, Indianapolis Quartet

Joana Genova, second violinist, Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet, which returns Oct. 2 with a concert at Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, continues to showcase the elite musical talent in Indianapolis and the greater Midwest. The ensemble of world-renowned musicians welcomes new second violinist Joana Genova, who joins the University faculty, and fellow musicians Zachary De Pue, concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, on violin; Michael Isaac Strauss, former principal violist for the ISO, on viola; Austin Huntington, principal cellist of the ISO, on cello with guest clarinetist Todd Palmer. Genova has an illustrious career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher, and soloist performing throughout Europe and is a former concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

The concert will feature major works associated with Vienna, from the Classical procedures in Beethoven’s G-Major Quartet, Op. 18, No. 2, to the lyrical intensity of Johannes Brahms in his A-minor quartet, Op. 51, No. 2. Three-time Grammy-nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer joins the Quartet for Mozart’s eloquent 1789 masterpiece, the Quintet for clarinet and strings, K. 581.
7:30 p.m., Oct. 2, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

The Quartet, which formed in 2016, is the result of a collaboration between the University and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The project was made possible, in part, through a transformational gift by University trustee and philanthropist Yvonne Shaheen, namesake of the  Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. This year, the Quartet also was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, a Viennese-style performance hall housed in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on campus, has hosted thousands of world-class performers since being built in 1994.

To arrange an interview or on-set performance with the Indianapolis Quartet, contact Sara Galer at

Faculty Artist Concert Series gala opening with Maestro Raymond Leppard presented by Katz, KSM, Sapper and Miller  on September 19, 2016.

Faculty Artist Concert Series gala opening with Maestro Raymond Leppard presented by Katz, KSM, Sapper and Miller on September 19, 2016.

Maestro Raymond Leppard 90th Birthday Celebration features Artist-in-Residence Raymond Leppard, who also is conductor laureate of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Leppard, one of the most respected international conductors of modern times, has appeared with multiple leading orchestras across the world in more than 60 years on the podium. The performance features the University of Indianapolis Festival Orchestra and Choral Ensemble, with Zachary De Pue on violin, Michael Isaac Strauss on viola, Kathleen Hacker, soprano, and Daniel Narducci, baritone. The event celebrates Maestro Leppard’s 90th birthday with music of Mozart, Schubert and Sir Edward Elgar.  –7:30 p.m, Sept. 18, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Drew Petersen, University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence and American Pianists Association Award winner

Drew Petersen, University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence, Christel DeHaan fellow and American Pianists Association Award winner

Drew Petersen, winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association, will perform Sept. 25. Petersen has been named artist-in-residence for two years by the University of Indianapolis, where he will perform and teach with faculty and students as part of a unique partnership with the American Pianists Association. He  has been a prizewinner in major international competitions (Leeds, Hilton Head, Kosciuszko Foundation) and has been profiled in the New York Times, New York Magazine and the documentary Just Normal.7:30 p.m., Sept. 25, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Other fall highlights include the Kenny Phelps All-Stars Sept. 6, “Pressing On: The Letterpress Film” Sept. 20, “Frankenstein” starting with free previews Oct. 26 and the world premiere of “The Mary Shelley Project” by local playwright K.T. Peterson on Oct. 31.

See a complete list of the UIndy 2017-18 performing arts season at

New music faculty bring international success to classrooms and Indianapolis Quartet

The Department of Music in the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences is proud to announce the addition of widely acclaimed violinist Joana Genova as visiting instructor of violin/viola and director of Chamber Music Initiatives. Joana brings a wealth of international success as a musician, both in Europe and the United States and will support the momentum of the Indianapolis Quartet, one of the Midwest’s premiere string ensembles.

Joana, who is excited to join the UIndy family, has an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher, and soloist. She first began playing the violin at age 6 in her native Bulgaria and made her solo debut at the age of 12 with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra and later was named the top prizewinner of the National Competition in Bulgaria. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and a master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. She also is a former concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Much like other faculty in the Department of Music, Joana will help to expose music students to career opportunities and insight through the lens of professional musicians who have earned acclaim across the world. She will teach applied violin/viola courses and will co-direct the Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles with her husband, Ariel Rudiakov, who is recognized internationally as a violist and conductor.

“The Department of Music has a rich history of working with international musicians of the highest caliber,” said University Provost Stephen H. Kolison, Jr. “Joana’s success and reputation will provide wonderful advantages for our students and support the continued growth of the Indianapolis Quartet as one of the most dynamic and influential musical ensembles in the Midwest.”

In addition to her faculty duties, Joana will infuse a unique sound and musicianship to the Indianapolis Quartet, now in its second year but already recognized as a collection of world-class talent and an elite string ensemble. The Quartet, through its strong partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, will continue its path to success and fulfill its vision as a prominent fixture in the national arts community. With funding support recently granted from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Quartet will continue to refine the artistic excellence of the ensemble by building on the repertoire of world-class music of the past, present, and future; performing in increasingly higher profile settings, and collaborating with musicians of the highest caliber. The Quartet’s goal is to enhance the cultural fabric of the city and region through both performance and educational outreach. 

She joins ISO concertmaster and violinist Zachary DePue, violist Michael Isaac Strauss and ISO principal cellist Austin Huntington in the Quartet. These musicians have earned international acclaim and are recognized among the most elite musicians in the region. After performing with Joana, Quartet members praised her musicianship and her professional and intelligent demeanor, which they said would help “raise the level of our artistry during this crucial time for The Indianapolis Quartet’s development.” The Quartet is next scheduled to perform in October.