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Dean's Letter

dean marvin curtis

The first signs of autumn have arrived and as the leaves begin to turn to their majestic colors, the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts turns to its fall schedule of events.

We welcome our new chancellor, Terry Allison, with a special Student Spotlight Concert on October 8 featuring our talented music students and guest artist Sonya Baker (soprano) from Murray State University in Kentucky. The concert will be preceded by a Chinese lamp lighting ceremony on the bridge across the river.

Other events this month include a communications lecture by Elizabeth Williams from Colorado State University, the Alumni Art Exhibition in the new Art Gallery, two Toradze Piano Studio concerts, a concert by the Villiers Quartet, and "A British Invasion" concert by the Voice area featuring art songs, arias, and ensemble pieces celebrating the centennial of composer Benhamin Britten.

A British invasion of another kind will come to campus with the performance of the much anticipated King Lear by William Shakespeare.

A partnership with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Tsung Yeh will come to fruition with the Key Bank Pops Concert, “A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein” at the Morris Performing Arts Center on October 25. Our students and faculty will be sing selections from the Broadway musicals Candide and West Side Story. The IU South Bend Dance Company will perform “The Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” with the Symphony. This concert will feature six student soloists, two faculty soloists, the IU South Bend Choir and Chamber Singers, plus The Symphonic Choir of South Bend.

It will be a night that further cements our partnership with the Symphony and the community. Get your tickets while they last!

The month of October also sees the further progress on the Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall. I spend quite a bit of time walking through the construction and admiring the work that is taking place. Sheet rock is now in place over what used to be steel frames. Splashes of paint are being applied and what used to be a cavernous space is full of plaster, wiring, tiles, glass, and wood. This new performance hall will subscribe to the vision of Louise E. Addicott in providing young musicians and singers with educational and career development opportunities, and encouraging and supporting the public performance of music. You can still be a part of supporting that vision with a purchase of one of the new seats that will go into this space. 

As always, we thank you for your support of the school of the arts and what our students are doing. We are ever mindful of our mission: To develop engaged citizens with exceptional abilities in the arts as we teach and create opportunities for our students. We are constantly inspired by what they accomplish and we push them to aspire for that greatness that will change their lives and the lives of those around them.

Come and see us and be amazed. Join us for a performance or exhibition soon!

Marvin Curtis