12-22 Indiana University Summer Music Festival

Bloomington, Indiana is home to a thriving arts scene. Music, theater, and dance performances abound, with local talent coming from one of the nation’s top ranking music schools, Indiana University. The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music made 2011 an especially exciting year by debuting the Indiana University Summer Music Festival. Joshua Bell, classical music superstar and one of the school’s most famous alumni, played Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Festival Orchestra conducted by Michael Stern. Other highlights of the festival included performances by legendary pianist and Distinguished Professor Menhem Pressler and by the eclectic string trio Time for Three. Learn more here: http://info.music.indiana.edu/news/page/normal/18642.html


Bruch: Scottish Fantasy
Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 70, No. 2: III, IV
Chopin: 3 Mazurkas: Op. 63, nos. 1, 2, 3
Nielsen: Quartet No. 4 in F Major, Op. 44
Arad: Caprice No. 5: Krzysztof – Ceci n’est pas une Fugue
Cohen: Hallelujah
Meyer: Thunder Stomp
Mozart: Coronation Mass: Gloria, Credo, Benedictus

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Artist Bios

Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. His restless curiosity and multifaceted musical interests have taken him in exciting new directions which have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Often referred to as the poet of the violin, Bell is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize and is the newly named Music Director of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Bell first came to national attention at the age of 14 in a highly acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His Carnegie Hall debut and a recording contract further confirmed his presence in the music world. Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra leader and composer who performs his own cadenzas to several of the major concerto repertoire. “Bell, Gramophone stated simply, is dazzling.”

Michael Stern
Conductor Michael Stern is in his seventh season as music director of the Kansas City Symphony, hailed for its remarkable artistic growth and development since his tenure began. The Symphony and Stern concluded their first year together by making a recording for the Naxos label which was released in 2007. Stern is also the founding artistic director and principal conductor of The IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee. This unique group, beginning this season its second decade, has been widely praised for its virtuosity and programming, and has produced a string of recordings and acclaimed commissioned new works by American composers. Other positions include a tenure as the chief conductor of Germany’s Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra (the first American chief conductor in the orchestra’s history) and as Permanent Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lyon in France, a position which he held for five years, and a stint as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille, France.Stern has led orchestras throughout Europe and Asia, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Helsinki Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, National Symphony of Taiwan, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony and the Vienna Radio Symphony, among many others.

Gregory Sioles
Gregory Sioles has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including an Atwater Kent Grand Prize and a Fulbright Scholarship for study in London. He has performed on three continents at such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Purcell Room on London’s South Bank, Berlin’s Amerika Haus, and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. Following his London debut he made recital appearances in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Scotland. He has also performed extensively throughout the United States and been a featured artist on National Public Radio. Sioles is active as a soloist with orchestras–recently, the Ohio Valley Symphony and the Louisiana Sinfonietta– and as a recitalist. He is also an avid chamber musician who has collaborated with renowned artists Edgar Meyer, Barry Tuckwell, and the Guarneri String Quartet, as well as with members of the Baltimore and National Symphonies.

The Afiara Quartet
The all-Canadian Afiara String Quartet is widely noted for its engaging, authentic presence and performances. Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the 2010 Young Canadian Musicians Award, top prizes at the Munich ARD International Music Competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition, where they also took the Szekely Prize for best Beethoven interpretation, the Afiara String Quartet has lively interest in new works and fresh insight into core classical repertoire. Passionate advocates of new music, the Afiara String Quartet has embarked on a project with the Common Sense Composers’ Collective and Cecilia String Quartet, performing and recording eight new quartet works at The Banff Centre. Enjoying a friendly mentorship with the Kronos Quartet, the Afiara offered affectionate tribute at the Kronos’ June 2011 Avery Fisher Prize Presentation, playing Aleksandra Vrebalov’s “Pannonia Boundless”. The Afiara have also performed the world premieres of Brett Abigana’s String Quartet No. 2, “Lockdown” by Dan Becker, and Jason Bush’s “Visions in San Francisco” – all written specifically for them. Among other new music highlights, the Afiara have collaborated with timpanist Louis Siu in a set of commissions, and with singer/songwriter Kyrie Kristmanson and composer Patrick Carrabre for a world premiere song-cycle at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. The Afiara String Quartet has been heard on Bavarian Radio, CBC Radio 2, TROS in the Netherlands, San Francisco’s KALW, New York’s WQXR and are featured in the Road to Banff documentary.

Atar Arad
Atar Arad currently serves as Professor of Music (viola) at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington and in the summers he also teaches at the Steans Institute for Young Artists (Ravinia Festival) in Chicago, Domaine Forget Academy of the Art and in Keshet Eilon Music Center, Israel. He regularly gives master classes at the IMS in Prussia Cove. Arad served as a regular guest artist in a great number of musical venues, such as Houston’s Da Camera Society, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Upper Galilee Chamber Music Days (Israel), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music International in Dallas, Sitka Festival, Chautauqua Festival, Ravinia Music Festival, Orford and Domaine Forget. A frequent guest with today’s leading chamber ensembles, Arad has performed, among others, with the Guarneri, Emersson, Tokyo, Mendelssohn, American, Chillingrian, Vermeer, New Zealand and the Orion string quartets.

Time for Three
The groundbreaking, category-shattering trio Time for Three transcends traditional classification, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz idioms forming a blend all its own. The members — Zachary (Zach) De Pue, violin; Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass — carry a passion for improvisation, composing and arranging, all prime elements of the ensemble’s playing.
What started as a trio of musicians who played together for fun while students at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute for Music evolved into Time for Three, or Tf3 for short — a charismatic ensemble with a reputation for limitless enthusiasm and no musical boundaries. Violinists Zachary De Pue and Nicolas Kendall first discovered their mutual love of fiddling in the country western and bluegrass styles. Then bassist Ranaan Meyer introduced them to his deep roots in jazz and improvisation. After considerable experimentation, the three officially formed Tf3 and for the first few years enjoyed a close affiliation with, and were presented in performances by Astral Artists.

William Jon Gray
William Jon Gray teaches graduate-level conducting, choral literature, and score study. He served for three seasons as Associate Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival in California where he prepared and performed major choral/orchestral works in collaboration with internationally renowned conductor Bruno Weil. He served as Interim Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, preparing the Choir for performances with Raymond Leppard and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. As Artistic Director of the Bach Chorale Singers, William Jon Gray has received high praise for his performances of major choral/orchestral works. The Bach Chorale Singers’ 1998 commercially released CD recording In Praise of the Organ: Latin Choral and Organ Music of Zoltán Kodály under Mr. Gray’s direction received national attention and critical acclaim in the American Record Guide and the American Organist. William Jon Gray served as Artistic Director of the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra of Washington, D.C. from 1986 to 1993. He has been Assistant Conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, and has appeared as guest conductor with the National Chamber Orchestra, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, and the Handel and Haydn Society.