Music on piano

February promises great performances

by Dean Marvin Curtis

Dean Marvin CurtisJanuary was a month of pure excitement as the South Bend Symphony graced the Campus Auditorium for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Concert.  Over 700 people came to this event that also featured our choral groups performing with the South Bend Symphony. The month of February holds many treasures for the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts. We celebrate our 49th annual Children’s Theater production, Johnny Appleseed, directed by one of our students, Jeremy Weyer. This student led production will attract over 7,000 students during a two week period with two public performances on February 11th.  Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Vermillion Quintet, our faculty woodwind quintet, at The Woodward Banquet Hall.  Dinner, music, and dancing to the student ensemble, Jua Coates and Friends, will help raise funds for our woodwind students.

The Euclid Quartet will perform on February 19th.  They have just returned from a successful tour in Palm Beach, Florida at the Flagler Museum on January 24. The performance was reviewed by the Palm Beach Daily News. With the headline of "Euclid Quartet’s lush romantic tones fill Flagler Museum," the review went on to say, "the Euclid Quartet performed with romantic élan and a beautiful, lush tone that sounded orchestral at times." Before that concert, the quartet also stopped in Enterprise, Alabama. In addition to the formal concert, the visit included a performance for local 7th-graders - introducing most of them to live classical music for the first time.

February continues with our fourth annual "Lift Every Voice: Celebrating the African American Spirit" Concert and Symposium.  We are excited about Nigeria born William Chapman Nyaho’s symposium on the piano music of African and African American composers on Friday the 24th.  The grand concert will be on the 25th and will feature mezzo soprano Paulette Curtis, tenor Cornelius Johnson, and the fabulous Moore String Trio.  This trio from Berrien Springs are three African American brothers, ages 11, 13, and 15.  The IUSB Gospel Choir and the South Bend Symphonic Choir will combine forces for this evening of music.  We will conclude the month with a recital by pianist Ketevan Badridze.

Catch your breath because there is more to come. The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts will host First Fridays in downtown South Bend, a first for us, on March 2nd.  Join our faculty and students as they perform in different venues in the area.  We continue to aspire to greater heights and provide our students with opportunities they can only experience at IU South Bend.  We hope to see you at one of February's great events -- stay tuned!

Marvin Curtis