This weekend is the culmination of “The Art Song Project.” University of Indianapolis student and alumni poets, composers and visual artists have been collaborating since the fall to make songs and music videos, to be premiered by student performers Friday, February 28th. This kicks off a weekend of song & poetry activities, including guest appearances by beloved UIndy poet and Professor Emerita, Alice Friman. Please join members of the UIndy Art, Music and English departments, as well as students, for the new songs and art, and Alice’s poetry reading Saturday! Event descriptions below:
Friday, February 28, 2020, 2:00-4:00pm, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center: UIndy Student Art Song Recital/Workshop
UIndy students in Music, English, Photography, and Visual Communication and Design have been working since fall term on The Art Song Project. Composers have been turning poets’ poems into songs. Art students have created photographic video responses to the poems and music, and VCD students have designed this special recital’s program and marketing. Join us for a recital-workshop-discussion featuring live premieres of the new songs and videos.
Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:30-8:30pm, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center: New Music Series: Contemporary American Art Song with Jennifer Goltz and John Boonenberg, including a premiere of Bloom to Bloom, a song cycle by UIndy Professor Emerita Alice Friman and UIndy Professor of Music John Berners
Soprano Jennifer Goltz is hailed by Gramophone magazine as “captivating” and “brilliant…a voice full of subtle allure and sprightly energy.” Dr. Goltz of the University of Michigan and Dr. Boonenberg of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, appear at UIndy featuring colorful and moving new art songs by American poets and composers, including a premiere of Bloom to Bloom, a song cycle by UIndy Professor Emerita Alice Friman and Professor of Music John Berners. L/P Credit.
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 7:30-8:30pm, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center: UIndy Professor Emerita Alice Friman, Poetry Reading
Alice Friman reads from her new book, Blood Weather: Poems. Louisiana State University Press, 2019. Alice Friman taught English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis from 1971 to 1993 and was named Teacher of the Year there in 1993. A highly awarded and celebrated poet, in 2003 Alice moved to Milledgeville, Georgia, to become poet-in-residence in the MFA program at Georgia College & State University. She has also taught at Randolph College, Ball State University, IUPUI, and Curtin University in Perth, Australia. Her new poetry podcast series is Ask Alice.