Indianapolis Quartet returns Oct. 1 for exciting fall 2018 season

IndianapolisQuartet500On the heels of summer festival and radio appearances, The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) returns to the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on October 1 at 7:30 p.m. Their third season of concerts will get underway with a program that continues their exploration of the Beethoven quartets, an award-winning work by New York City-based composer Robert Paterson and Schoenberg’s groundbreaking string sextet and features performances by two guests from the Indiana University faculty. The concert is open to the public and admission is free.

TIQ’s palpable rapport and interpretive skill bring about concert experiences of a unique musical language and emotional performance style that has earned the group critical praise and audience appeal. First violinist Zachary DePue, former concertmaster of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO), is in demand as a leader, soloist, collaborator and improvisational artist. Second violinist Joana Genova is assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis and recently appeared as soloist under the baton of Maestro Raymond Leppard. Violist Michael Isaac Strauss was principal of ISO for 20 years. He now performs around the country in chamber music settings and devotes significant energy to developing young violists. Prize-winning cellist Austin Huntington was appointed principal of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20 and now also serves on the faculty at UIndy.

The evening opens with Beethoven’s dramatic String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4 noted for its stormy first movement; playful, innocent scherzo; an innovative minuet; and a gypsy-style finale. Robert Paterson’s String Quartet No. 1, nicknamed the “Love Boat,” consists of four high-energy miniature movements, mixing elements of jazz, fiddling and polka. It even contains a few short musical “quotes”—the most notable is the theme song from the 1970s and ’80s television show, The Love Boat.

Violist Atar Arad and cellist Eric Kim, both on the faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will join TIQ for Arnold Schoenberg’s landmark sextet, Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”), Op. 4. Written in 1899, when the composer was only 25 years old, the work is the first piece of programmatic chamber music. It is a musical representation of a poem of the same name by the German writer Richard Dehmel. The music is warmly and expansively Romantic, giving no hint of the “twelve-tone” style with which Schoenberg was to become identified only a dozen years later.

TIQ is quartet-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis and is grateful for support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

More information can be found at events.uindy.edu or by calling 317-788-3255.

University of Indianapolis announces 2018-19 performing arts season

The University of Indianapolis brings a wide range of diverse cultural activities to the Indianapolis metropolitan area with the announcement of the 2018-19 performing arts season. The institution serves as a destination point for music performances, theatre productions, art exhibitions, readings and lectures, and highlights a progressive arts and musical scene in the region. Fall performances include the Indianapolis Quartet, Artist-in-Residence Raymond Leppard’s Gala Opening
Concert, the UIndy Jazz Faculty debut and pianist Artist-in-Residence Drew Petersen.

See events.uindy.edu for event details and ticket information.

University Faculty Concert Series is sponsored by Katz, Sapper & Miller. All performances held at 7:30 p.m. at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Maestro Raymond Leppard

Maestro Raymond Leppard

Gala Opening Concert with Maestro Raymond Leppard: Sept. 17, 2018
Featuring Raymond Leppard; Joana Genova, violin; Kathleen Hacker, soprano; Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Narducci, baritone; University of Indianapolis Festival Orchestra; University Choral Ensembles.

Maestro Raymond Leppard celebrates his 25th season as artist-in-residence with music of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Britten, and the premiere of his own recently completed song trilogy, “Love’s Moonlight.” The program opens with Britten’s Sentimental Sarabande from the 1934 Simple Symphony, followed by UIndy’s Joana Genova performing Bach’s E-Major Violin Concerto, BWV 1042. Mitzi Westra and Daniel Narducci will be featured in Mr. Leppard’s new song cycle for solo voices, string orchestra, and choir, set to poetry of Thomas Campion and Walter de la Mare. The evening concludes with the glories of Mozart: selections from the Vespers, K. 339, and the Ave verum corpus, K. 618.

Maestro Leppard, one of the most respected international conductors of our time, has appeared with practically all the world’s leading orchestras in more than 60 years on the podium. He has conducted more than 170 recordings, earning five Grammy awards, a Grand Prix Mondial du Disque, a Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and an Edison Prize.

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet: Oct. 1, 2018

Featuring Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello; with guests Stephen Paul Wyrczynski, viola, and Eric Kim, cello.

The Indianapolis Quartet returns for its third season of “marvelously unified” and “especially expressive” performances (Jay Harvey Upstage). Robert Paterson’s award-winning String Quartet No. 1 (“Love Boat”) opens the program, followed by the compelling drama of Beethoven’s C-minor Quartet from Op. 18. The evening concludes as guests Stephen Paul Wyrczynski and Eric Kim join the Quartet for Arnold Schoenberg’s landmark 1899 sextet, Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”), Op. 4.

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, and was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation in 2017.

Drew Petersen master class

Drew Petersen master class

Drew Petersen, piano: Oct. 29, 2018

Acclaimed American pianist Drew Petersen is a sought-after soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In his second year as artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, Mr. Petersen is the 2017 Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association and the recent recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has been praised for commanding and poetic performances of the repertoire ranging from Bach to Zaimont. His October solo recital will feature music of Mozart, Beethoven (the Appassionata Sonata, Op. 57), and Liszt (including the rarely performed Illustrations du Prophète de Meyerbeer).

Other fall highlights include the UIndy Jazz Faculty Debut on Sept. 24; a rare exhibition of the works of Wilbur D. Peat at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery Sept. 10-Oct. 5 (reception: Sept. 24); Kellogg Writers Series fiction reading by John Jodzio Oct. 3 at the Schwitzer Student Center; and “It’s a Wonderful Life, The Radio Play” Nov. 30-Dec. 8 at the Studio Theatre in Esch Hall.

See a complete list of the UIndy 2018-19 performing arts season at events.uindy.edu.

The Indianapolis Quartet To Perform A Program Of “Firsts” April 20

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

Quartet-in-Residence at University of Indianapolis appears at Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center

The Indianapolis Quartet will perform at the University of Indianapolis’ Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018. Fresh from their Chicago debut in March, the Quartet’s program includes Beethoven’s F major quartet, Op. 18, No. 1; Shostakovich’s C major quartet No. 1, Op. 49; and Debussy’s only contribution to the genre written in 1893. The concert will take place in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. See details here.

Watch the Quartet perform live in studio on Indy Style (April 17)

The University of Indianapolis is home to The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ), an elite ensemble of widely acclaimed musicians whose global reputations and history of performance successes have established the ensemble as a quintessential example of musical excellence in the Midwest. Founded in 2016 through a collaboration between esteemed university faculty and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, TIQ has since performed to capacity crowds and continued the tradition of artistic and cultural significance at the University of Indianapolis. Jay Harvey writing for “Upstage” praised the ensemble: the “Indianapolis Quartet sounds supremely well-established.”

The talents of TIQ’s members are impressive in their own right. Known for his virtuosic, high-energy performances, violinist Zachary De Pue successfully balances his roles as Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, and fiddler. Bulgarian native Joana Genova has an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher, and soloist. She formerly served as concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and was a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta before establishing herself in the United States. Violist Michael Isaac Strauss performs around the world as a solo, chamber, and symphonic musician, and was formerly principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. He now serves on the faculties of Youngstown State University and the University of Indianapolis. Award-winning cellist Austin Huntington made his solo orchestral debut at the age of ten and at twenty he was appointed principal cello of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians in a major American orchestra.

TIQ has performed with highly acclaimed guest artists on their University of Indianapolis series during the past two concert seasons. Among them are pianist Orli Shaham in the Brahms piano quintet, cellist Mark Kowsower in the Schubert string quintet, and clarinetist Todd Palmer in the Mozart clarinet quintet.

The 2017-18 season has seen the Quartet expand its scope to regional and national audiences including an appearance at the Taconic Music Summer Festival in Manchester, Vermont July 13 and 14. A future collaboration planned for 2019 with composer Robert Paterson will allow the quartet to expand its repertoire and reach new audiences through its unique emotional performing style.

CONCERT DETAILS:

The Indianapolis Quartet

Zachary De Pue and Joana Genova, violin
Michael Isaac Strauss, viola
Austin Huntington, cello

Friday, April 20
7:30 p.m.

Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center—Ruth Lilly Performance Hall
University of Indianapolis
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46227

FREE ADMISSION
Reservations suggested. Event Ticketing Center: 317-788-3251

The Indianapolis Quartet performs a program of “Firsts”—Beethoven’s first published string quartet written in 1799 (Op. 18, No. 1); Shostakovich’s first quartet written in 1938 (Op. 49); and Debussy’s only quartet written in 1893.

The Indianapolis Quartet to perform at Northwestern University’s Lutkin Hall

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis to make Chicago debut

CHICAGO – The Indianapolis Quartet will perform a free concert at Northwestern University’s Lutkin Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2018. The concert is free and open to the public.

The University of Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis Quartet, an elite ensemble of widely acclaimed musicians whose global reputations and performance successes have established the ensemble as a quintessential example of musical excellence in the Midwest. Founded in 2016 through a collaboration between University faculty and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Quartet has since performed to capacity crowds and continued the tradition of artistic and cultural significance at the University.

The Indianapolis Quartet performs in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, an award-winning 500-seat performance space, art gallery and working classroom building at the University of Indianapolis that hosts performances throughout the year to an established and evolving arts and cultural community. The hall provides a venue for perfect acoustic performances, as well as countless studios and practice rooms where ensembles rehearse and individual performers develop their craft.

Meet the Indianapolis Quartet

Known for his virtuosic, high-energy performances, violinist Zachary De Pue successfully balances his roles as Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician and fiddler.

Joana Genova, assistant professor of violin at the University of Indianapolis, has an international career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She formerly served as concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and was a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta in Holland before establishing herself in the United States.

Violist Michael Isaac Strauss performs around the world as a solo, chamber and symphonic musician, and was principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years.

Award-winning cellist Austin Huntington made his solo orchestral debut at the age of ten and at twenty he was appointed principal cello of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians in a major American orchestra.

Click here for downloadable photos of the Quartet.

UPCOMING CONCERT DETAILS:

The Indianapolis Quartet
Zachary De Pue and Joana Genova, violin
Michael Isaac Strauss, viola
Austin Huntington, cello
Uindy.edu/quartet

Monday, March 12
7:30 p.m.

Lutkin Concert Hall
Northwestern University
700 University Place (between Sherman Avenue and Sheridan Road)
Evanston, IL 60208

FREE ADMISSION

The Indianapolis Quartet makes its Chicago debut with the Beethoven F major quartet, Op. 18, No. 1; Shostakovich C major quartet No. 1, Op. 49; and Brahms A minor quartet, Op. 51, No. 2.

To schedule an interview with Indianapolis Quartet members, contact Sara Galer, Senior Communications Specialist, at 317-514-0387.

Indianapolis Quartet launches fall performance schedule

The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) photo session in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall  on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.   TIQ is the resident string quartet at the University of Indianapolis and consists of prominent local classical musicians Zachary De Pue, Joana Genova, Michael Isaac Strauss, and Austin Huntington.  (Photo:  D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) photo session in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. TIQ is the resident string quartet at the University of Indianapolis and consists of prominent local classical musicians Zachary De Pue, Joana Genova, Michael Isaac Strauss, and Austin Huntington. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The Indianapolis Quartet returns Oct. 2 to perform at the University of Indianapolis, showcasing the world-class talent of the ensemble and the continuing partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The Quartet, launched in 2016 and featuring University music faculty and ISO musicians, has established itself as a marquee group in the regional musical community. Its members have earned international acclaim and reputations as being among the most elite musicians in the area. With renewed support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Quartet will continue to expand its audience, nationally and internationally.

“The Indianapolis Quartet features some of the best musicians in the world who have set forth on a trajectory for growth that will extend well beyond Indiana as the ensemble becomes synonymous with musical excellence,” said Brenda Clark, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Indianapolis.

The Quartet will deliver a free performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. RSVP is requested.

The performance will include 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. The three-time, Grammy-nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer joins the Quartet for Mozart’s eloquent 1789 masterpiece, the Quintet for clarinet and strings, K. 581.

The Quartet consists of ISO concertmaster Zachary DePue, Joana Genova, second violinist violist Michael Isaac Straus and ISO principal cellist Austin Huntington. Genova recently joined the University as visiting instructor and director of Chamber Music initiatives and brings a wealth of international success as a musician, both in Europe and the United States. Genova most recently served as principal second violin Berkshire Symphony Orchestra is former concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra and member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Detailed information on the Quartet can be found at www.indianapolisquartet.com.

The Christel DeHaan Family Foundation recently awarded a $100,000 grant to support the Quartet. The DeHaan family is a longtime supporter of the Indianapolis arts community, including the University of Indianapolis. Christel DeHaan is the namesake of the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, where more than 120 performances take place each year, entertaining more than 10,000 people.

“The University is extremely thankful to the DeHaan Family Foundation for its continued support, which will be critical to achieving the vision for the Indianapolis Quartet. The goal is to enhance the cultural fabric of our city and region through both performance and educational outreach,” said University President Robert L. Manuel.

For more information about the Quartet performance and other cultural events, please visit events.uindy.edu.

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, events.uindy.edu, 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 galers@uindy.edu.

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 events.uindy.edu.

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.