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School of the Arts

Concert and reception kick off 20th anniversary celebration

Crescendo at the LaSalle Grill, June 2011Crescendo at the LaSalle Grill, June 2011

The school’s 20th Anniversary season concluded on a high note on Saturday, June 11 with “Crescendo,” a joint anniversary celebration with the LaSalle Grill, at the LaSalle Grill. “Crescendo” featured a distinctive atmosphere on each of the restaurant’s three floors through the performing, visual and culinary arts.

“The talent was breathtaking, the food and wine delicious and everyone had a marvelous time!   Very impressive,” said Carmi Murphy, a former IUSB Arts Foundation board member, congratulating the school on a magnificent evening.  

Guests were encouraged to indulge their senses with opera selections from Deborah Mayer’s vocal students, fine Italian cuisine, and artwork by our talented faculty.  The presentation on the first floor also showcased piano and flute performances, and a piece by the Euclid Quartet.


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20th anniversary celebration
20th anniversary celebration

The second floor featured a more intimate atmosphere with French cuisine, a champagne bar, and artwork by faculty and students.   Performances on this floor ranged from flute and guitar, to theatrical scenes, to mock debate, to a six piece flute choir.  As guests moved to the third floor they encountered jazz and dance presentations by faculty and students, Cajun cuisine, and hurricanes to quench their thirst.  As the night played on, the audience was invited to join the fun on the dance floor and learn some new dance steps.

Guests of “Crescendo” raved about the event, and enjoyed experiencing the variety in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts’ programming.  More than one guest commented that there was not enough time to see it all.

“Crescendo” was the culmination of school’s 20th anniversary season and a fundraiser to support an ArtsEverywhere matching grant from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.  With income directed toward the renovation of Northside’s Recital Hall, “Crescendo” raised over $43,000.  Barbara Warner supported the event with a major underwriting gift and additional underwriters for “Crescendo” included Baker and Daniels, Crowe Horwath LLP, Randy and Kim Ferlic, Carol and Craig Kapson, and Shirley and Lucky Reznik. 

IUSB Arts Foundation board members Judy Ferrara and Leslie Gitlin co-chaired the planning committee for “Crescendo.” Serving on the committee were Chris Kelly, David Kibbe, Valerie Sabo and Stephanie Schurz.  The committee did a wonderful job realizing their vision of making art the focus, and showcasing the talent of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts.  In fact, they did such a tremendous job that the IUSB Arts Foundation is considering presenting “Crescendo” again. Though it was initially intended to be a one-time event, you may just be able to indulge your senses in a future presentation of “Crescendo.”


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20th anniversary celebration
20th anniversary celebration

Visual Artists
Karen Ackoff
Jane Cera
Laura Cutler
Anthony Droege
Tuck Langland
Alan Larkin
Brenda Leeka
Josh Miller
Barbara Mociulski
Ron Monsma
Susan L. Moore
Dora Natella
Danielle Wilborn
Harold Zisla

Performing Artists
Stephanie Berry, soprano
Dance Presentation including Flamenco, Latin, Middle Eastern, modern, swing, and tap dance    
Debate Team, mock debate based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Paivi Ekroth, piano
Marian Emery, jazz piano and vocals
Euclid Quartet
Faculty Jazz Combo
Flute Ensemble
Rebecca Hovan, flute with Christine Larson Seitz, piano
Rebecca Hovan, flute and Matthias Stegmann, guitar
Vakhtang Kodanashvili, piano
Composition by Marjorie M. Rusche
Student Jazz Combo
Theatre and Dance Company at IU South Bend, scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Vocal Studio of Deborah Mayer
Dimitri Zhgenti, piano