University of Indianapolis celebrates International Education Month

30th annual Celebration of the Flags (file photo)

The fifth annual International Education Month gets underway from mid-October to mid-November, with a variety of performing arts, film, lectures, and interactive events designed to showcase international, indigenous, and migrant cultures at the University of Indianapolis and the rich benefits of intercultural exchange.

Highlights include the 33rd Annual Celebration of the Flags on Oct. 14, 2-3 p.m. Modeled after the Olympic-style opening ceremony, the event is held outdoors on Smith Mall (rain location: The Arc) with international students, faculty, and staff carrying the flags representing the many nations of the University of Indianapolis community. 

Immediately following the Celebration of the Flags, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit the International Exposition in the Atrium, Engagement Area, and Lawn of Schwitzer Student Center from 3-5 p.m. The Expo will feature interactive displays hosted by campus offices, departments, and student groups, including Study Abroad; Global Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies; the Writing Lab; International Relations; and Burmese, Nepali, Indian, and LatinX students, among others.  The Expo also features interactive activities such as henna tattoos, calligraphy, traditional artifacts, clothing displays, and coupons for discounted U.S. passport photos. Participants receive a “UIndy Passport” to be stamped by interacting with cultural presenters and table hosts for L/P credit. 

International Education Month Events

Oct. 11, Dining Services International Night #1, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Asian cuisine.

Oct. 11, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Faculty Artist Concert Series: “Music from The World”, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring UIndy international faculty and works. 

Oct. 13, 7:30-10:30 p.m., University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Concert, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring UIndy students and international works. 

Oct. 14, 2-3 p.m.: 33rd Annual Celebration of the Flags, Smith Mall, Free admission, L/P Credit

Join in the University of Indianapolis tradition of the Celebration of the Flags, representing the many nationalities of our UIndy community. Modeled after the Olympic-style opening ceremony, flag bearers feature the national colors and dress of their country.

Oct. 14, 3-5 p.m.: International Expo, Schwitzer Atrium, Schwitzer Engagement Area, and Schwitzer Lawn, 3-5 p.m., Free admission, L/P Credit

Immediately following the Celebration of the Flags, visit the International Exposition in the Atrium of Schwitzer Student Center. The Expo offers opportunities to engage with cultures represented at UIndy.

Oct. 14, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring international works. 

Oct. 18, Dining Services International Night #2, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Irish cuisine.

Oct. 22, 6:30-9 p.m., Film: “Missing in Brooks County,” Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel De Haan Fine Arts Center, Free admission, L/P Credit 

Missing in Brooks County follows as “two families search for their loved ones who went missing in the fields of Brooks County,

Texas after crossing from Mexico and find a sobering truth: the deadliest part of the journey is far from the border.  It also features how law enforcement, volunteers and forensic scientists seek to search, recover and identify the bodies of the missing and the challenges they face. Co-Producers and Directors Jeff Bemiss and Lisa Molomot will introduce the film. After the film the audience will be introduced to a panel of four people who are either featured in the film or do work related to the film, and will be able to ask questions.  This includes members of the University of Indianapolis Beyond Borders Humanitarian Forensic Science Team, volunteers at the South Texas Human Rights Center and Co-Founder of the local advocacy group Indiana AID, which provides support to immigrants who have been detained by ICE here in Indiana.

Oct. 25, Dining Services International Night #3, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Greek cuisine.

Oct. 25, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Ryan Behan, piano: Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage: Suisse (“Years of Pilgrimage: Switzerland”), Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit
Franz Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage (“Years of Pilgrimage”), widely considered one of his greatest works, was composed and reworked over the course of his life, and combines the freshness of the young composer with the clarity and meticulous fine-tuning of his Weimar period, unfolding into the mysterious and fragmentary brevity of his late style.  Alfred Brendel writes of these suites that they “draw for their inspiration on a reservoir of diverse impressions—nature and musical folklore, art and religion, craving for freedom; above all, on poetry and literature…The First Year of Pilgrimage—Switzerland—deals with nature in a twofold sense: as nature around us, and as nature within.”  Join faculty pianist Ryan Behan in a complete performance of this first part of Années de Pèlerinage.

Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m.:  Global Languages and Cultural Studies International Film Night presents “The Lives of Others” (Das Leben der Anderen), German with English subtitles:  HEAL 138, Free admission, L/P Credit

Join us for a screening of this international film followed by discussion. 

Nov. 1, Dining Services International Night #4, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Indian cuisine.

Nov. 1, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Faculty Artist Concert Series: Music and Poetry from Around the World, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Free admission, L/P Credit

Joana Genova, violin; Haruka Ostojic, piano.  Poetry and music from  Bulgaria, Japan, Russia, India, France, Germany, Holland, North America, and South America with UIndy faculty Jyotika Saksena, Gerburg Garmann, Aksana Waskosky, Joana Genova, Haruka Ostojic, Ana Maria Ferreira, and Eileen Mah.

Nov. 3, 4-5 p.m. International Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities, Virtual event, L/P Credit pending

Dr. Karen Newman, UIndy English professor and Honors College Assistant Director for Fellowships, hosts an information session on international scholarship and fellowship opportunities available to ALL UIndy students for undergraduate and post-graduation work and/or study, with specific information and application tips for the federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, the Fulbright Program, and Marshall Scholarships. Join us to learn more about free money to make your international aspirations a reality! L/P Credit

Nov. 3, 6-9 p.m. Diwali Fest, Schwitzer Student Center, Free admission, L/P Credit

UIndy students host the Indian festival of Diwali, complete with a rangoli art competition, dance, and dinner, introducing Indian culture to our campus community and bringing people of all nationalities together.

Nov. 8, Dining Services International Night #5, Schwitzer Student Center Cafeteria, $

Tonight’s menu features Latin-themed cuisine.

November 8, 7-8:30 p.m.: Peace Corps Panel, virtual event, L/P Credit

Former Peace Corps volunteers, including UIndy alums and members of the local Indianapolis community, share stories about their assignments and experiences in a variety of countries via a synchronous Zoom presentation. Panelists will address each of the six sectors of work available to Peace Corps volunteers (Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health and Youth in Development), plus information for potential applicants and strategies for successful applications. 

Nov. 9, 4-5 p.m.: “Candyland: An Afternoon of International Candy and Culture, UIndy Hall A, Free admission, L/P Credit pending

Candylan features samples of free, pre-packaged, popular candy from around the world, plus information on the various countries represented by the candy. Participants at the event visit booths hosted by international student representatives and the event organizers and help themselves to candy goodie bags to sample some of the world’s most popular sweets. The event also features a written trivia contest in which students identify the culture, language, and history of countries represented by the candy at the event. Winners will receive a basket of globally unique candy. The objective is for students to be educated, immersed, and gain awareness for cultures, global issues, and languages, through representative sweets.

Nov. 10, 7:30-9 p.m., Kellogg Writers Series: Fiction Reading with Lysley Tenorio, UIndy Hall A, Schwitzer Student Center and via Zoom, L/P Credit

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the novel The Son of Good Fortune and the story collection Monstress, which was named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Stegner fellowship, the Edmund White Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, and have been adapted for the stage by The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Ma-Yi Theater in New York City.  Born in the Philippines, he lives in San Francisco, and is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Nov. 13, 7-8 p.m., Study Abroad in Asia/Pacific Region: APIEA, virtual event, L/P Credit

Hosted by the Center for Global Engagement, this event features study abroad information for students interested in studying in Asia.  

Nov. 13, 7:30-10:30 p.m., University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Concert, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall,  Free admission, L/P Credit

A concert featuring UIndy students, faculty, and international works. 

Nov. 15, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Faculty Artist Concert Series: The Indianapolis Quartet Peforms Beethoven and Janáček, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center/Ruth Lilly Performance Hall and live-streamed, Free admission, L/P Credit

Zach DePue, violin; Joana Genova, violin; Michael Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello. The concert features two masterworks of the string quartet repertoire: Beethoven’s glorious Tenth Quartet, filled with vitality, heart, invention, and accessibility, which earned its nickname “The Harp” from the first movement’s elegant pizzicato sections, and Janáček’s Intimate Letters, referring to hundreds of letters that he wrote over many years, expressing his love to a young, married woman.  Janáček described his second string quartet as “beautiful, strange, unrestrained, inspired, a composition beyond all the usual conventions.”

Nov. 16, 2-3 p.m.: “A Taste of Home,” UIndy Hall A, Free admission, L/P Credit

This student-hosted event features a video screening of UIndy international students discussing foodways and favorite foods from their home countries, plus an interactive discussion following the video, where participants learn more about the relationship of food and culture.  Free food and prize giveaways round out this cross-cultural experience.  

Nov. 17, 6-8 p.m.: Global Languages and Cultural Studies International Film Night presents “The Painting” (Le Tableau), French with English subtitles:  HEAL 138, Free admission, L/P Credit

Join us for a screening of this international film followed by discussion. 

Upcoming Events (details to follow):

Fulbright Program for UIndy Faculty, Virtual event, Time and date TBA

Join a guest Fulbright faculty ambassador who will share information for UIndy faculty about applying to the Fulbright Program for scholars and educators.  

International Careers, Student Internships, and the U.S. Foreign Service Exam, Virtual event, Time and date TBA; L/P Credit

Join the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence for the North Central Region, who will share detailed information about international career opportunities and student internships, as well as information and tips for taking the highly competitive U.S. Foreign Service Exam.  

Indianapolis Quartet to give New York debut at Weill Recital Hall, March 5, 2020

The Indianapolis Quartet—violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington—will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.

Established in 2016 in Indianapolis, the quartet is in residence at the University of Indianapolis, with support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. The member’s palpable rapport and interpretive skill bring about performances of a unique emotional style that has earned the group critical praise and audience affection.

The March 5th program at Weill Recital Hall will be a showcase of stellar music-making from a quartet that has committed artistic capital to the city that brought them together. The quartet’s technically assured, interpretively compelling, and emotionally connected performances across a broadening repertoire have provided them a solid foundation as they now expand their scope beyond Indianapolis.

Frank Felice’s Five Whimsies for Non-Grownups (2010) opens the concert. The Butler University composition faculty member’s offering is a set of five movements in the tradition of a capriccio and is based on five children’s books. The quartet recently recorded this piece for release on CD in 2020.

Schumann’s opus 44 piano quintet will follow; a collaboration with rising star pianist Drew Petersen. The ensemble’s outing in this work last spring received high praise: “Petersen and the quartet displayed a fine balance of forces from the start…notable for flexibility of tempo and a unanimity of ‘paragraphing’—a sense of the movement’s units of significance and subtle changes of direction” as well as their “variety of dynamics and astute accentuation.” (Jay Harvey Upstage)

After intermission, the quartet will give the world premiere of Robert Paterson’s String Quartet No. 3, a work they have commissioned for this occasion. During the last two seasons, the quartet has performed the first two quartets by the New York-based, Grammy-nominated composer. Paterson has a catalog of more than 100 works and has earned awards and accolades from ASCAP, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA, and the Copland House, among many others. The quartet is slated to record all of Paterson’s string quartets in May 2020 for release on the American Modern Recordings label.

The landmark Debussy quartet, a work that has become deeply embedded in the ensemble’s repertoire, will close the concert.

Tickets for this concert range from $38 to $45 and are available online at CarnegieHall.org; by phone at 212-247-7800; or at the box office at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue.

About the Artists

The Indianapolis Quartet, now in its fourth season, made its Chicago debut in March 2018. In the last year, they have broadcast live performances on Vermont Public Radio, WBAA Classical 101.3 FM in West Lafayette, Indiana, and on WISH-TV in Indianapolis. Recent concert engagements include appearances at Vermont’s Taconic Festival, Vermont Public Radio, Cincinnati’s St. Francis@4 series,

Indiana Landmarks Center, and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society in Lafayette, Indiana. They have also appeared in concert and in residencies at Butler University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Arizona State University, and at Indiana State University, where they were the featured ensemble for the 53nd annual Contemporary Music Festival.

Regular collaborations with premier chamber music artists and composers, including pianists Orli Shaham and Soyeon Kate Lee, cellists Mark Kosower and Nicholas Canellakis, clarinetist Todd Palmer, and composers Robert Paterson and Frank Felice have afforded the quartet a reach into new audiences and a creative expansion of its repertoire. Two recordings featuring the works of Paterson and Felice will be released in the next year.

Known for his virtuosic, high-energy performances, Indianapolis Quartet first violinist Zachary DePue formerly served as concertmaster of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO). Known among both classical and crossover music fans, he became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when he was appointed to the ISO in 2007. DePue is a founding member of Time for Three, with which he performed for 12 years. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo.

Joana Genova, second violinist, serves as assistant professor of violin and director of chamber music initiatives at the University of Indianapolis. She is also co-founder and artistic director of Taconic Music in Manchester, Vermont and is a frequent guest at festivals and concert series across the U.S. Prior to her posts in the United States, Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Genova earned a bachelor’s degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands.

Violist Michael Isaac Strauss has performed around the world appearing on concert series, live-radio broadcasts, and festivals across Europe, North America, and Asia. A former member of the Fine Arts Quartet, Strauss made several European and domestic tours with the quartet and Shlomo Mintz, as well as a critically acclaimed SACD recording of Mozart’s complete viola quintets. As soloist, he released recordings of Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Sonata (world premiere), David Finko’s Viola Concerto (Centaur), and Stamitz’s works for solo viola with orchestra (Centaur). His chamber music recordings include the Philadelphia-based Orchestra 2001 series of music by living composers and the Oberlin Music label release Wordless Verses—trio works inspired by poetry for oboe, viola, and piano. Strauss was principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and has served on the faculty of several prominent schools including Oberlin Conservatory, and Indiana University. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Cellist Austin Huntington made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 10, and at age 20 he was appointed principal cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians in a major American orchestra. Huntington is the recipient of numerous awards on both the national and international levels. He placed first in the 2012 Irving M. Klein International Strings Competition and the 2009 MTNA National Sting Competition. He has collaborated with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Robert deMaine, Cynthia Phelps, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Augustin Hadelich.

Acclaimed young American pianist Drew Petersen has been praised for his commanding and poetic performances of repertoire ranging from Bach to Zaimont. He is the recipient of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2017 American Pianists Award, and the Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association, as well as a residency at the University of Indianapolis.

He has appeared as soloist with the Houston, Phoenix, Tucson, Pacific and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, and has given solo recitals at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, University of Indianapolis, and Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago. Most recent performances include concerts at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and Brevard Music Center’s Summer Festival, orchestral performances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and a recital at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. He has also now released his first solo recording—a showcase of American piano works on the Steinway & Sons label—for which BBC Music Magazine acknowledged Petersen’s “really stunning, full-bodied sound” and “superb technique and measured voicing.” The 2019-2020 season includes appearances with orchestras in Sarasota, Fort Smith, Buffalo, Waco, and Columbus, as well as recitals in Madison, Duluth, Savannah, including his Kennedy Center debut.

Indianapolis Quartet launches exciting spring season with New York City debut

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

UPDATE: Per recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Quartet’s March 24 and March 30 events at the University of Indianapolis have been canceled. Visit events.uindy.edu for updates.

The Indianapolis Quartet makes its New York debut during an exciting spring season that explores both old and new classics. The quartet-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis is celebrating its fourth year on campus with regional and national performances.

On March 5, 2020, the Indianapolis Quartet performs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Tickets range from $38 to $45 and are available at CarnegieHall.org. During this concert, the Quartet will give the world premiere performance of Robert Paterson’s third quartet, a work they commissioned. The Quartet has been performing all of Paterson’s string quartets in preparation for a recording scheduled for spring 2020.

For this occasion, the Indianapolis Quartet will join again with pianist Drew Petersen, recent University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence, Christel DeHaan fellow and 2017 American Pianists Award recipient, in Schumann’s masterful and intense piano quintet. Frank Felice’s charming Five Whimsies for Non-Grown Ups is also included in the program. This set of five pieces for string quartet is based on children’s books, with each piece based on one line from each story: “In The Night Kitchen,” by Maurice Senkdak; “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick,” by Chris Van Allsburg; “Mr. Bliss,” by J.R.R. Tolkien; and “The Sleep Book” and “The Cat in The Hat,” by Dr. Seuss. Debussy’s influential and exotically colorful G minor string quartet will close the program.

See all performance dates here.

On March 24, 2020, the Indianapolis Quartet returns to the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center for the popular open rehearsal and master class event. Violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Strauss and cellist Austin Huntington draw on their vast expertise and experience in coaching University of Indianapolis student chamber ensembles, while also offering a unique behind-the-scenes look at their own rehearsal process. The audience is invited to sit on stage close to the performers. Admission is free.

The following week, on March 30, 2020, the Indianapolis Quartet performs on the University of Indianapolis Faculty Artist Concert Series at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall. Concert artist Ran Dank, a lauded prize-winning pianist on faculty at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, will join the quartet in Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major. This work was written at the height of Dvořák’s international fame and is considered a monument in the world of chamber music—both in use of dramatically lyrical lines and rhythmic vitality, as well as the richly vivid sound that Dvořák explores.

For the balance of this program, the Quartet will also present Beethoven’s “Serioso” quartet, his opus 95 in F minor. This quartet is paired on the program with Bartók’s single-movement third quartet, written in 1927. In this quartet, Bartók invents and employs the widest range of effects used in string writing up to that time. Bartók was one of the world’s first ethnomusicologists and his intimate knowledge of Hungarian folk music was a huge influence on his own writing. This quartet explores a slow, poignant opening in contrast with a driven, rhythmic second part.

Statement from the University of Indianapolis on the passing of Raymond Leppard

The University of Indianapolis is profoundly grateful for Maestro Raymond Leppard’s commitment to teaching and performing at an elite level that benefited all those who experienced his masterful work.

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the death of Maestro Raymond Leppard, one of the most respected international conductors of our time and artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis. 

“Raymond Leppard was a kind and generous artist who used his remarkable talent to bring world-class musical experiences to students, faculty and staff, as well as to communities throughout the Indianapolis region. Through his legacy, the University of Indianapolis celebrates the shared values of artistic exploration, professional growth and a dedication to creating unique learning environments that prepare students for a lifetime of success,” said President Robert L. Manuel.

“The University of Indianapolis Department of Music was privileged to collaborate with Maestro Leppard for a quarter-century, and generations of students—as well as faculty and the University community—were touched and inspired through the generosity of Maestro Leppard’s contributions. He will be remembered with great fondness and we mourn his passing with the wider musical community,” said Elisabeth Honn Hoegberg, associate professor and chair of the University of Indianapolis Department of Music.

The Gala Opening Concert of the 2018-19 Faculty Artist Concert Series, featuring Maestro Raymond Leppard on Monday, September 17, 2018.

The Gala Opening Concert of the 2018-19 Faculty Artist Concert Series, featuring Maestro Raymond Leppard       (September 2018)

Maestro Leppard spent 25 seasons as the University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence. He received an honorary degree from the University in 1991 and an honorary alumni award in 2014. During his career at the University of Indianapolis, he conducted ensembles and held performances that showcased his talents as a pianist, harpsichordist, lecturer, composer and arranger. In 2017, the University celebrated Maestro Leppard’s 90th birthday with a special on-campus performance before a standing-room-only audience.

The Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Leppard has appeared with practically all the world’s leading orchestras in more than 60 years on the podium, conducting more than 170 recordings and earning five Grammy awards, among many other accomplishments. 

“Maestro Leppard’s popular opening concerts at Ruth Lilly Performance Hall often featured a substantial work for choir, soloists and orchestra such as the Schubert G-Major Mass (one of his personal favorites), Mozart Vespers, or Haydn St. Nicholas Mass,” said Richard Ratliff, professor of music. “Raymond grew very fond of his annual evenings on Hanna Avenue (as he called them) in recent years.”

During his concert in September 2018, Maestro Leppard led a memorable performance of his new song cycle “Summoned for Love” and a touching “Ave verum corpus” of Mozart to conclude, followed by a prolonged ovation.

Statement from the Indianapolis Quartet:

Raymond Leppard—eminent musician, conductor, composer, author, and friend—was a major inspiration and champion for the formation and sustained health of The Indianapolis Quartet. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts for his mentorship during the first years our quartet has been together. Raymond was always available to us for tutoring, a delightful discussion around his table with tasty morsels, an obligatory glass (or three) of an elegant wine from his cellar, or a rousing conversation with his steadfast partner, Jack. We all especially loved our time together with Haydn and Beethoven quartets; his ideas were always very insightful, and spot on.

When the Quartet gave its inaugural performance at UIndy in 2016, Raymond was there, even though he was having a difficult time getting around. We fondly remember him coming backstage, Jack pushing him in his chair, to congratulate and talk with us. We were still unnamed at the time, and he teased us about that, as only Raymond could do, with a nimble-witted twinkle in his eyes. We asked him, now that he had heard us in performance for the first time, what he thought we should name ourselves. With a wry smile, he said “Well! There is a Cleveland Quartet, I see no reason why there should not be an Indianapolis Quartet!” For the fact of that naming, we consider Raymond Leppard as the “father” of our quartet.

Raymond was a lion for the City of Indianapolis, and specifically its arts scene. We will always be grateful that he worked to frame Indianapolis as a cultural community with the ability to sustain a resident quartet. He yearned for an ensemble like ours to nourish this particular niche in our community. That was his vision for us, and for Indianapolis. We will always strive to fulfill his vision, and to be worthy of the moniker of “Raymond’s Quartet.”

With love and affection,

The Indianapolis Quartet:
Zach DePue
Joana Genova
Michael Isaac Strauss
Austin Huntington

 

The Indianapolis Quartet launches fourth season with Oct. 28 performance at University of Indianapolis

Featuring guest musicians Carrie Dennis on viola and Nicholas Canellakis on cello

The Indianapolis Quartet is set to launch their fourth season of concerts at the University of Indianapolis. They will perform works for quartet and sextet at Ruth Lilly Hall at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 28. The program also features guest artists Carrie Dennis, viola, and Nicholas Canellakis, cello. This Faculty Artist Concert Series event, sponsored by Katz, Sapper & Miller, is open to the public and admission is free.

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

With fresh inspiration from a busy summer that included festival and live radio performances, the Indianapolis Quartet’s new season of concerts has gotten underway on the road. An early October residency at Arizona State University featured performances and master classes at the school and in the community. They are also to be the featured ensemble at the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival October 23-25.

Download a photo of the Indianapolis Quartet.

Their October 28 UIndy program includes the second string quartet by New York City-based composer Robert Paterson. The quartet presented his first quartet last season, and will debut his third quartet later this season. They will also perform Mozart’s String Quartet in D major, K. 575—an expressive and brilliant vehicle for the cello. This quartet is among the last three that Mozart wrote, and they were composed for the King of Prussia who was an amateur cellist. The program closes with Brahms’ B-flat major string sextet—a warm, lyrical, romantic work by a 27-year-old Brahms. The setting of six string parts was a rarity in 1860, and Brahms chose this combination of instruments specifically because of that.

Carrie Dennis and Nicholas Canellakis will join the Indianapolis Quartet for the Brahms. Both graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, Dennis has served as associate principal viola with the Philadelphia Orchestra, solo viola for the Berlin Philharmonic, and more recently, principal viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2008 to 2016. In addition to her orchestral career, Dennis is an avid chamber musician and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro.

Canellakis’ recent highlights include his Carnegie Hall concerto debut with the American Symphony Orchestra and featured solo appearances with the orchestras of Albany, Delaware, Lansing, Bangor, New Haven, and Erie. He has also toured Europe and Asia with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is performing recitals throughout the United States with his long-time duo collaborator, pianist-composer Michael Brown. He is a regular guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals, and he was recently named artistic director of Chamber Music Sedona.

About The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ)
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 an assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis and maintains a busy performing schedule while also serving as co-artistic director of the Taconic Music festival in Vermont. Violist Michael Isaac Strauss was principal of ISO for 20 years. He now performs around the country as a soloist, recitalist, and in chamber ensemble settings. As the viola teacher at Youngstown State University and the University of Indianapolis, he 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.

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 indianapolisquartet.com or by calling 317-788-3255.

University of Indianapolis celebrates International Education Month in October

30th annual Celebration of the Flags was held on Smith Mall on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Modeled after the Olympic-style opening ceremony, flag bearers feature the national colors and dress of their country. Speakers include President Robert L. Manuel, Indianapolis Student Government President Jamarcus Walker and Craig Anesu Chigadza, an international student from Zimbabwe. Performers include Adam Fernandes '22 (graphic design) on guitar and Caroline Kavanaugh '22 (exercise science) on violin. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The third annual International Education Month is underway in October, with a variety of performing arts, film, lectures and interactive events designed to showcase international cultures at the University of Indianapolis and the rich benefits of intercultural exchange.

Highlights include the 31st Annual Celebration of the Flags on Oct. 10. Modeled after the Olympic-style opening ceremony, the event is held on Smith Mall, with international students carrying the flags that represent the many nations of the University of Indianapolis community.

Immediately following the Celebration of the Flags, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the International Exposition in the Atrium of Schwitzer Student Center. The Expo will feature interactive displays hosted by campus offices, departments and student groups.  The Expo features henna hand painting, traditional artifacts, and international displays. Delicious international food will be catered.

International Education Month Events:

Through Their Eyes: Cultural and Social Refugee Integration into American Society
Oct. 9, 3:00-4:30p.m.
Good Hall, Room 105

Using photographs taken by the Congolese refugee women themselves, Drs. Saksena and McMorrow (Western Michigan University) will share their experience with integration and healthcare in Indianapolis. This Photovoice research was conducted in Indianapolis in 2016 and 2019. (L/P Credit)

 

German Movie Night: Nowhere in Africa
Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30p.m.
Health Pavilion, Room 138

An Oscar-winning love story spanning two continents, NOWHERE IN AFRICA is the extraordinary true tale of a Jewish family who flees the Nazi regime in 1938 to a remote farm in Kenya. Abandoning their once-comfortable existence in Germany, Walter Redlich, his wife Jettel and their five-year-old daughter Regina each deal with the harsh realities of their new life in different ways. As they eventually learn to cherish their life in Africa, they also endeavor to find a way back to each other.

 

Celebration of the Flags
Oct. 10, 2:00p.m.
Smith Mall

Modeled after the Olympic-style opening ceremony, this year’s Celebration of the Flags will recognize faculty, staff and students coming to UIndy from 85 nations. This colorful and moving fall event is the highlight of the year! (L/P Credit)

 

International Expo
Oct. 10 2:45p.m.
Schwitzer Atrium

Food, Fun and Music from around the world.  Join us for this year’s International Expo following the Celebration of the Flags.  Experience henna hand painting and meet your international peers! (L/P Credit)

 

West Meets East Forum III: The Experience of Suicide and Suicide Prevention Across Cultures
Oct. 11, 8:30a.m.-3:00p.m
R.B. Annis Theatre, UIndy Health Pavilion

The 2019 West Meets East Forum III will focus on the experience of suicide and suicide prevention across cultures. The Forum will provide an educational experience going beyond suicide prevention training. Engaging presenters will move our audience to greater awareness and to take action related to this pertinent issue. (L/P Credit)

 

Magic and Culture of Bulgaria
Oct. 17, 7:00-8:00p.m.
Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, CDFAC

Join Bulgarian violinist Joana Genova as she talks about the 1300-old history, traditions and music of her home country. In addition to showing photos and videos, there will be live performance of folk music and a display of pottery, icons and embroidery, as well as samples of foods and spices.

 

We Are Your Neighbors: Stories of Latin American Immigration
Oct. 21, 6:30-7:30p.m

Participants will discuss some of the reasons people choose to immigrate to the United States, how the representation of immigrants in popular media may differ from reality and how we can work together to refute common misconceptions and stereotypes.

 

Presentation by Felipe Restrepo Pombo, Editor of Gatopardo Magazine, Mexico
Oct. 22, 6:00-7:30p.m.
Schwitzer Lower Level, Room 010

Colombian editor, writer and journalist Felipe Restrepo will be interviewed by a group of UIndy Students. While Restrepo is Colombian, he has been living and working in Mexico for more than a decade. He is the editor-in-chief of “Gatopardo,” one of the most important magazines in México. Students will conduct the interview in Spanish and English and will discuss his life as a journalist, and what it means to be a journalist in Latin America today.

 

College Mentors for Kids, UIndy celebrates culture and diversity
Oct. 22 & Oct. 23, 4:30-5:30p.m.
Schwitzer Lower Level, Room 010

Come and join the fun as local school children between the ages of 7-12 meet UIndy international students and “travel” to their different countries.

 

Chilean Movie Night: Una Mujer Fantastica
Oct. 30, 6:30-8:30p.m.
Health Pavilion, Room 138

Meet Marina and Orland, a young couple in Chile who meet, fall in love and plan for the future.  Twists of fate bring Marina to a point where she must grapple with her Trans identity as she struggles for the right to be herself.  Marina battles forces she has spent a lifetime fight just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

University of Indianapolis announces 2019-20 performing arts season

Photo: Jazz musician Rob Dixon plays with students and UIndy Jazz Faculty during Jazz Week 2019.

Photo: Jazz musician Rob Dixon plays with students and UIndy Jazz Faculty during Jazz Week 2019.

INDIANAPOLISThe University of Indianapolis brings a wide range of diverse cultural activities to the Indianapolis metropolitan area with the announcement of the 2019-20 performing arts season. The institution serves as a destination point for musical performances, theatre productions, art exhibitions, readings and lectures, and highlights a progressive arts and music scene in the region. Fall performances include the Indianapolis Quartet, guest artists from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and 2019 American Pianists Awards winner and University of Indianapolis Artist-in-Residence Emmet Cohen with the UIndy Jazz Faculty. 
See events.uindy.edu for complete season listings and ticket information.

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

Experience these 19 Monday evenings at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, as the most comprehensive recital series in the area continues to feature compelling presentations of solo repertoire, dynamic readings of the great chamber literature, provocative presentations of new works, exhilarating period instrument performances, and distinctive approaches to both classic and contemporary jazz. 

Faculty Showcase
Monday, September 9, 7:30 p.m.

Kathleen Hacker, soprano; Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Narducci, baritone; Gregory Martin, piano; Joana Genova, violin; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello. Nemanja Ostojić, guitar; Tamara Thweatt, flute; Jennifer Christen, oboe; David Bellman, clarinet; Mark O’Connor, tenor saxophone; Terence Mayhue, percussion; Rebecca Sorley, piano; Haruka Ostojić, piano.

Our distinguished faculty performers open the new season with an eclectic mix from the 20th and 21st centuries. The first half of the program features music from both sides of the Atlantic: Sir Malcolm Arnold’s Divertimento for wind trio, Op. 37, and Mexican composer Eduardo Angulo’s Quartet for guitar and strings. Voice faculty perform music of American composers Ben Moore, Stephen Mark Kohn, and UIndy’s John Berners (his popular Cabaret Songs). Mark O’Connor and Terence Mayhue team for an intriguing jazz sampler followed by Aaron Copland’s iconic El Salón México, transcribed for two pianos by Leonard Bernstein.

Artist-in-Residence Emmet Cohen with the UIndy Jazz Faculty
Monday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.

Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and recipient of the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz. He has been named artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis for two years. Downbeat has praised the “nimble touch, measured stride, and warm harmonic vocabulary” he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences. Cohen has appeared at the Monterey, Newport, North Sea, and Edinburgh jazz festivals, and at legendary nightspots such as Birdland, the Blue Note, and Jazzhaus Montmartre. The first half of the evening will feature Cohen as soloist, with the second half devoted to collaborations with UIndy jazz faculty Mark O’Connor, Brandon Meeks, and Kenny Phelps. 

UIndy Jazz Faculty Celebrates Thelonious Monk
Monday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.

Mark O’Connor, alto & tenor saxophones; Steven Jones, piano; Brandon Meeks, bass; Kenny Phelps, drums. 

The UIndy Jazz Faculty celebrates the 102nd birthday of jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. As the house pianist at Minton’s Playhouse in New York City during the 1940’s, Monk became one of the co-founders of bebop along with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Christian, and Kenny Clarke. Monk is the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is remarkable since Ellington composed more than a thousand pieces, whereas Monk wrote about 70.  

The Indianapolis Quartet
Monday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.

Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello; with guests Carrie Dennis, viola, and Nick Canellakis, cello.

The Indianapolis Quartet returns for an ambitious fourth season of “marvelously unified” and “especially expressive” performances (Jay Harvey Upstage). The Indianapolis Quartet showcases cellist Austin Huntington in the opening Mozart Quartet (D Major, K. 575) followed by the premiere of their first commissioned work – the Quartet No. 3 by award-winning composer Robert Paterson. The evening’s festivities conclude with Johannes Brahms’ warm and melodic Sextet No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 18, with guest artists Carrie Dennis and Nick Canellakis.

Other highlights include: The Flower of England, Sept. 16, featuring the music of English composers caught in youth during the Great War; Baroque and Beyond, Sept. 30; Ronen Collaborations, Nov. 4; UIndy Brass, Nov. 18; Mozart to Motown, Nov. 25, Echoing Air, Feb. 24; The Indianapolis Quartet, March 30; and Guitar Through the Centuries, April 6. 

See
events.uindy.edu for complete season listings and ticket information.

The Indianapolis Quartet Celebrates Music of Latin America in May 5 performance

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis’ ensemble-in-residence, The Indianapolis Quartet, will be presenting an afternoon of music in celebration of Latin America. Violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington will perform in concert with guest artist and guitarist Nemanja Ostojić on Sunday, May 5 at Fountain Square’s event space, Grove Haus. This will be an afternoon of music, drinks and food with festivities beginning at 2:30 p.m. The concert of music by Latin composers begins at 3:00 p.m. Grove Haus is located at 1001 Hosbrook Avenue in Indianapolis.

For this family-friendly event, the Quartet and guest guitarist will perform a program for various groupings of small ensemble music for string instruments and guitar, from trios through quintets. The music is a mix of classical compositions and charming arrangements of traditional music, tangos, and familiar songs like “The Girl from Ipanema.” Classical selections feature music by prominent Mexican and South American composers, as well as composers of Latin heritage, including Alberto Ginastera, Manuel Ponce, Silvestre Revueltas, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Eduardo Angulo.

Tickets for adults are $15; students with ID: $10. Free entry for children six and under. A cash bar will be available. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets and at the door.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit a Central Indiana Latin community organization.

More information about the event is available at indianapolisquartet.com and by contacting Joana Genova.

About The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis. Now approaching the end of their third season, violinists Zach DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington continue to reach audiences through their moving and well-defined performance style, and earn critical praise for their interpretive skill. Their performances before capacity crowds in the University of Indianapolis’ 500-seat Ruth Lilly Hall at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center have earned the quartet accolades for their unshakeable musical rapport. TIQ’s Chicago debut was in March 2018 and is planning its New York debut for March 2020. The quartet regularly collaborates with premier chamber musicians including such artists as pianist Orli Shaham, cellist Mark Kosower, and clarinetist Todd Palmer. This spring they record works by composer Frank Felice and the coming season will see a new quartet written for them by award-winning composer Robert Paterson. This season, TIQ has been heard on stages in Cincinnati, at the Indiana Landmarks Center, Butler University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society in Lafayette, Indiana, as well as in live performances on WISH-TV 8 and the National Public Radio station, WBAA 101.3 FM. This summer they perform on the Taconic Music Festival in Vermont and live on Vermont Public Radio. The Indianapolis Quartet is grateful for support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

About Nemanja Ostojić

Serbian guitarist Nemanja Ostojić is a highly decorated performer with numerous international competition wins including top prizes at the Niccolo Paganini Competition (Parma, Italy), Sinaya Guitar Competition (Sinaya, Romania), Volos Guitar Festival (Greece), Guitar Competition Anna Amalia (Weimar, Germany), Texas Guitar Competition (Dallas, TX), Schadt String Competition (Allentown, PA), South West Guitar Festival & International Competition (San Antonio, TX), Boston Guitar Fest, and the JoAnn Falleta International Guitar Concerto Competition (Buffalo, NY). He has since performed on four continents and, as a soloist, he has performed with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Ankara, Turkey), Buffalo Philharmonic, Athens (Greece) Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, and the Allentown Symphony. Ostojić received his Bachelor’s Degree in music from the University of Belgrade where he studied with Professor Srdjan Tosic. Ostojić then completed a Master’s Degree, Artist Diploma, and Doctorate in Musical Arts at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University under the guidance of Ernesto Bitetti. He currently serves on the faculties of Franklin University and the University of Indianapolis.

 

The Indianapolis Quartet performs with guest artist Soyeon Kate Lee April 1

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indianapolis Quartet marks its third season in residence at the University of Indianapolis with an April 1 concert featuring the music of Joseph Haydn, César Franck and Edvard Grieg. The Quartet welcomes acclaimed guest pianist Soyeon Kate Lee for a performance of Franck’s explosive 1879 masterpiece, the Quintet for piano and strings in F minor. The program opens with Haydn’s witty “Joke” Quartet, Op. 33, No. 2, and concludes with the soaring intensity of Grieg’s String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27. The performance is open to the public and free of charge.

7:30 p.m., Monday, April 1, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
Faculty Artist Concert Series presented by Katz, Sapper & Miller
Featuring Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello; with guest artist Soyeon Kate Lee, piano

Guest artist Soyeon Kate Lee has been hailed by The New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style.” Winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild Competition, she has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, among others. Recent solo recitals have taken her to Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Ravinia Festival. A Naxos recording artist, Ms. Lee will record a double CD of Scriabin piano works this season following the Scarlatti and Liszt albums released earlier. Lee is an assistant professor of piano at the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.

Regular collaborations with premier chamber music artists and composers, including University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence, Christel DeHaan fellow and 2017 American Pianists Awards winner Drew Petersen, pianist Orli Shaham, cellist Mark Kosower and clarinetist Todd Palmer, have afforded The Indianapolis Quartet a creative expansion of the group’s repertoire and reach to new audiences. After its Chicago debut in March 2018, the Quartet made summer festival appearances and performed live on Vermont Public Radio, broadening its scope beyond the Midwest. The current season has seen the ensemble on stages in Cincinnati, Indiana Landmarks Center, Butler University and Illinois Wesleyan University.

About The Indianapolis Quartet
Founded in 2016, The Indianapolis Quartet (Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola and Austin Huntington, cello) is the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, reaching audiences through their unique musical language and emotional performance style. In addition to concerts, masterclasses and open rehearsals at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, The Indianapolis Quartet performs frequently throughout central Indiana, the Midwest and Vermont, exercising its mission to gradually expand its reach not only regionally, but also nationally and internationally, as it continues to build its repertoire of world-class music. The Indianapolis Quartet is grateful for support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

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Drew Petersen performs with The Indianapolis Quartet March 22 at the University of Indianapolis

Drew Petersen

Drew Petersen

Returning to the University of Indianapolis for his fourth semester as artist-in-residence, acclaimed pianist Drew Petersen collaborates with The Indianapolis Quartet for an unforgettable performance at 7:30 p.m., March 22, 2019, at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

As part of the University of Indianapolis Faculty Artist Concert Series presented by Katz, Sapper & Miller, Mr. Petersen and the Quartet will perform Robert Schumann’s 1842 masterpiece, the Quintet for piano and strings, Op. 44. The first half of the program will feature Mr. Petersen in 19th-century works for solo piano: the Valses Poéticos by Enrique Granados and Franz Schubert’s iconic “Wanderer” Fantasy, D. 760. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Call 317-788-3255 for more information.

Featuring: Drew Petersen, piano; The Indianapolis Quartet: Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello

About Drew Petersen
As the 2017 American Pianists Awards and Christel DeHaan Fellowship winner, Drew Petersen is serving as artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis for two years. Petersen hosts masterclasses for students as part of this unique partnership between the University of Indianapolis and the American Pianists Association. A cum laude graduate of Harvard University in social sciences, Petersen pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in music at the Juilliard School. He also 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. His international engagements include recitals at the Musica e Arte Festival in Tolentino, Italy, Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland and Euro Arts Music Festival in Leipzig, Germany.

The Indianapolis Quartet

The Indianapolis Quartet

About The Indianapolis Quartet
Founded in 2016, The Indianapolis Quartet (Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola and Austin Huntington, cello) is the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis, reaching audiences through its unique musical language and emotional performance style. In addition to concerts, masterclasses and open rehearsals at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, The Indianapolis Quartet performs frequently throughout central Indiana, the Midwest and Vermont, exercising its mission to gradually expand its reach not only regionally, but also nationally and internationally, as it continues to build its repertoire of world-class music.

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