College of Visual and Performing Arts

Spring 2016 Concerts and Recitals

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of Ebony Embers:

Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance

of Ebony Embers is a chamber music theatre work for actor and trio (cello, piano and percussion) brought to campus in celebration of Black History Month. Actor Dracyn Blount plays the role of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas, along with the roles of the great African-American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay. This multi-disciplined presentation celebrates the lives of these iconic symbols of the Harlem Renaissance with words by Akin Babatunde, musical scores by jazz giants Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk, and Charles Mingus, and additional concert music by African-American composers Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.

Wednesday, February 10       7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone.

For more information contact Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at 260-481-6608

Community Orchestra

This annual concert features the student winners of the IPFW Concerto/Aria competition. The winners include Kristopher Andorfer, tenor; Jonathan Casey, bass; Alana Miller, mezzo-soprano; Stephen Stachofsky, bass; Rachel Mossburg, violin, Sonia Salas, mezzo-soprano; Luis Sanchez, trombone; and Mark Townsend, clarinet. They will be playing music by Rossini, Mozart, and Finzi, among others.
Monday, Feb. 15        7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 15      7:30 p.m.

David Cooke, Conductor
Auer Performance Hall

Guest Artist Recital featuring Jiyoung Jeoung, piano

Pianist Jiyoung Jeoung is a piano faculty member at Huntington University and Manchester University. She will perform Haydn’s Variations in F Minor; Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3; and Chopin's Sonata No.3 in B Minor, Op. 58.

Wednesday, February 17           7:30 p.m.      
Rhinehart Recital Hall

National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Recital

The annual Generations of Music Festival, hosted by IPFW's NAfME, is a series of performances by several generations of musicians from the Fort Wayne area. There will be ensembles and soloists from local K-12 schools as well as collegiate and professional performers.

Sunday, February 21      2:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

Lecture–Recital: The Choral Domain Library

featuring the IPFW Chamber Choir and University Singers

The University Singers and Chamber Ensemble will serve as demonstration choirs in this sampling of some of the undiscovered gems that are free online. The same presentation will be made in Chicago at the American Choral Directors’ Association regional conference on Saturday, February 27.

Tuesday, February 23     7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

Music Faculty Recital featuring Sam Savage, tenor

Associate Professor Sam Savage, director of studio voice, will perform songs of Tosti, Fauré, and Beethoven with Dr. Jiyoung Jeoung, piano.

Monday, February 29      7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Vocal Division Showcase

Students and faculty of the vocal division will perform A Journey through the French Mélodie. This is a lecture recital discussing the evolution and development of French Art Song.

Tuesday, March 1        7:30 p.m.      
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Symphonic Wind Ensembles present the

Pre–Carnegie Hall Concert

Audiences will have the opportunity to preview the Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s performance at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on Mar. 8, 2016, helping give them a fitting and rousing send-off as they leave for Manhattan. The concert will include the world premiere of Michael Markowski’s Forever Summer; Steven Bryant’s beautiful All Stars Are Love, and Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue featuring IPFW’s Director of Keyboard Studies Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo. The wonderful Goshen High School Wind Ensemble also will be featured.

Thursday, March 3      7:30 p.m. 

Daniel Tembras, Conductor     
Auer Performance Hall

Guest Artist Recital featuring Eugene Barban, piano

Pianist Eugene Barban has given solo recitals at prestigious venues such as Alice Tully Hall, the Merkin Hall, and Weill Recital Hall in New York and the National Gallery of Art and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. He is professor emeritus of piano at Winthrop University. His recital program includes Mozart’s Fantasy and Sonata in C minor; Daquin’s Le Coucou, Glinka/Balakirev’s The Lark, Henselt’s If I Were A Bird, and Alkan’s Aesop’s Feast.

Tuesday, March 15     7:30 p.m.      
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Guest Artist Masterclass with Eugene Barban, piano

Dr. Eugene Barban will conduct a masterclass with select IPFW music majors the afternoon following his recital in Rhinehart Recital Hall.  Students of all skill levels are invited to observe the materclass free of charge.

Wednesday, March 16           3:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

Music Therapy Recital

IPFW music therapy majors will perform a varied repertoire in their individual areas of music expertise. The concert is free for everyone, but freewill donations to support the IPFW Music Therapy Club are appreciated.

Wednesday, March 16      7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone

Holy Week Concert

featuring the IPFW Choral Ensembles

The Chamber Choir will present Gounod’s “Seven Last Words of Christ,” and the University Singers will present other sacred works suitable for the liturgical season by Chesnokov, Casals, Purcell, and Lotti.

Tuesday, March 22     7:30 p.m

First Wayne Street United Methodist Church

French Concours de Poesie

The French love their language and so do IPFW students! The Department of International Language and Culture Studies collaborates with the Department of Music to present the Concours de Poesie, a poetry competition featuring French students reciting French poetry and music students singing French songs. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, March 28
Refreshments    6:00 p.m.
Presentation      6:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is Free for everyone

For information call the Department of International Language and Culture Studies at 260-481-6836.

An Evening with John Fishell

New faculty member John Fishell will present a full-on, amplified rock show featuring his original pop/rock music. Fishell’s group will include outstanding and versatile drummer Brian McRae from Denver, Colorado, and the young and talented Fort Wayne bassist, Jess Gaze. Accomplished Indiana singer-songwriter Ryan M. Brewer will open the show.

Thursday, March 31    7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Jazz Ensemble Concert

To round out this year's season, the Jazz Ensemble will present music featuring student vocalists. They will be singing from the Sinatra and Bublé songbooks.

Friday, April 1     7:30 p.m. 

Farrell Vernon, conductor     
Auer Performance Hall

Jazz Faculty Combo

The IPFW Faculty Jazz Combo is a unique collective of musicians who bring their own style and a wealth of experience to the group as soloists, band leaders, and composers. Dr. Ken Johnson, guitar; Jim Steele, piano; Dr. Farrell Vernon, saxophones; Brad Kuhns, bass; and Eric Schweikert, drums, make up this exciting faculty combo. These IPFW professors create original works and arrangements of jazz and pop standards for each concert.         

Monday, April  4        7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Opera Ensemble presents…Gianni Schicchi

When Giacomo Puccini’s comic opera Gianni Schicchi premiered at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in December 1918 it became an immediate hit. Based on a passage mentioned in Dante’s Inferno, Puccini wrote a farcical opera referencing one of Dante’s demons, delighting audiences for nearly a century. The opera ensemble will perform this comic masterpiece in English.

Wednesday, April 6  7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 8          7:30 p.m.   

Sam Savage, director   
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Guest Artist Masterclass with Michael Ludwig, violin  

The world-renowned violinist Michael Ludwig will conduct a masterclass with selected IPFW music majors the day before his performance with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Violinists of all skill levels are invited to observe the masterclass free of charge. Ludwig will be performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on Saturday, Apr. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center.

Friday, April 8           4:00 p.m.
Rhinehart Room 120
Free and open to the public

Clarinet Studio and Ensemble Recital

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Mentor Cynthia Greider showcases student performances from her woodwind studio, including a performance by the 12-member clarinet ensemble.

Sunday, April 10       7:30 p.m.      
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Percussion Ensemble

The concert will feature a variety of pieces including two for solo marimba and ensemble, xylophone novelties of George Hamilton Green, and drum heavy works by Powell and Christopher Rouse.

Monday, April 11       7:30 p.m.

Eric Schweikert, director
Auer Performance Hall

String Studio Showcase

Students from the orchestral string area will perform solos and chamber string ensemble selections for violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Tuesday, April 12        7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Guitar Ensemble Recital

An evening of diverse guitar ensemble selections will include 6 Romances san paroles by Felix Mendelssohn, Prism by Mark Anthony Cruz, Festival Suite by James McGuire and Dance Under the Red Moon by Andrew Berergon. Also featured is Gary Schocker’s Hypnotized Suite for harp and guitar.

Wednesday, April 13    7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Flute Studio Recital

Students from the flute studio of associate faculty member Vivianne Belanger perform works for both solo flute and flute ensemble.

Friday, April 15           7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Music Faculty Recital featuring Hamilton Tescarollo, piano

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies Hamilton Tescarollo has performed extensively in the United States and Europe, as well as in South America. His piano program includes J.S. Bach’s Toccata in E Minor and Beethoven’s Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110, as well as works by Chopin and Bolcom.

Saturday, April 16     7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Marine Corps Band – New Orleans

The Marine Corps Band New Orleans is dedicated to excellence and committed to providing America with a glimpse of the Marine Corps’ proficiency and versatility. Their program consists of wind band music,, popular music, and Broadway selections, featuring smaller groups such as New Orleans style Brass Band or Woodwind Quintet within the performances. The band is proud to be located in the historically and culturally significant city of New Orleans. When they travel throughout the country, they take every opportunity to share the spirit of the Big Easy with their audiences.
Sunday, April 17           7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall
Admission is free for everyone

Trombone Ensemble Recital

The Trombone Ensemble, under the direction of Philharmonic Mentor David Cooke, will present a program of music ranging from the 1500s to today, from the Renaissance to the silver screen.

Tuesday, April 19          7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Guitar Studio Showcase

Guitar students from the studio of Laura Lydy will perform solo works from a vast classical guitar repertoire.

Wednesday, April 20     7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Saxophone Quartet and Choir Recital

Considered the most homogenous sounding chamber group aside from the string quartet, the saxophone quartet is comprised of soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. This concert will feature music from the standard canon. The saxophone quartet will be joined by the IPFW Saxophone Choir for the second half of the program. The choir expands the saxophone family by including the sopranino saxophone as the highest voice, and adds the bass saxophone as the lowest voice of the ensemble. The program features music by Nigel Wood.

Thursday, April 21        7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Piano Studio Showcase

A program of varied solo piano music will feature pianists from the studios of Dr. Joyanne Outland and Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo.

Friday, April 22          7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Carmina Burana

IPFW Choral Ensembles join the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Chorus

No composer has ever written anything quite like Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. With its large, percussion-driven orchestra and mixed chorus that sings racy texts by wayward monks, Carmina Burana's primitive energy promises a physical response in each and every listener.

Saturday, April 23        7:30 p.m.
Embassy Theatre
Tickets range from $22 - $70
Contact the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Box Office at 260-481-0777

Horn Studio Showcase and Brass Quintet Recital

The first half of the concert will focus on repertoire for horn and piano as performed by members of the IPFW Horn Studio. The concert will conclude with the IPFW Brass Quintet performing varied works from the brass quintet repertoire.

Sunday, April 24       7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Community Orchestra and the University Singers

The first half of the concert will feature the Trombone Concerto by famed Italian composer, Nino Rota, with soloist Luis Sanchez, senior trombone performance major. Gustav Holst's monumental orchestral masterpiece The Planets, featuring the women of the University Singers, will conclude the evening.

Monday, April 25       7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

An Evening with Composer William Bolcom and Joan Morris

This final concert will be a blockbuster as Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer William Bolcom along with his wife Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano will be in residence at IPFW. They will be working with music students and faculty throughout the week, culminating in a department-wide concert featuring Bolcom’s works. Numerous students ensembles, faculty and special guest, Joseph Lulloff, professor of saxophone from Michigan State University will join the bands to perform Bolcom’s Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble.

Friday, April. 29          7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

IPFW/Shruti Indian Performance Series presents…

Violin Meets Sarod with Ganesh Rajagopalan and Tejendra Majumdar

Saturday, May 7       7:30 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall

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All concerts are in the Rhinehart Music Center unless otherwise noted.

  • Regular Box Office Hours: Monday–Friday 12:30–6:30 p.m.
  • Rhinehart Box Office opens one hour prior to the start of events in the Rhinehart Music Center.
  • Summer Box Office Hours: Monday–Friday 11-4 p.m.
  • Phone: 260-481-6555Music box office
  • TTD: 260-481-4105
  • Purchase Tickets online:
    • Free admission for IPFW students with ID
    • Free admission for students 18 years of age and younger
    • $7.00 Adults
    • $6.00 Seniors (60 and older)
    • $4.00 All other students

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Underwrite a Concert or Recital!

The IPFW Department of Music is pleased to present a broad array of concerts and recitals featuring superb faculty artists, exceptional guest artists, as well as our outstanding resident vocal and instrumental ensembles.  We are always delighted to have you with us for our performances!

Private contributions play an important role in our mission to provide inspiring and entertaining musical events for the campus community, Fort Wayne, Northeast Indiana and for audiences outside our region.  

If you would like to contribute to this effort, we invite you to consider underwriting a Department of Music concert or recital.

Your tax deductible gift of $250.00 or more allows you to choose the performance you wish to support. Underwriters will be acknowledged in the printed concert program and will receive two (2) Complimentary Tickets for each concert or recital for the remainder of the performance season.

If you would like to underwrite a Department of Music performance, please contact the Chair of the Department of Music, at 260-481-6726.

 We hope you enjoy this year’s performances and look forward to having you with us often!