By: BSU News—
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State University’s School of Music will make its debut at the Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.
Ryan Hourigan, the school’s director, said Masterworks concert at the Palladium is the largest ever performed by Ball State students. It will feature the school’s symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, and a 200-plus-member choir in collaboration with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.
“Some of our best faculty and students will be highlighted as soloists as part of the program,” he said. “Our aim is to provide an opportunity for them to perform in a professional, authentic environment like the Palladium with the added bonus of providing a high-level performance near some of the strongest music programs in the region. We hope high school students thinking about studying music at Ball State will attend.”
The School of Music serves about 400 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students, taught by more than 70 artist-teachers. Aspiring musicians and vocalists practice and perform in state-of-the-art facilities, including the Music Instruction Building and Sursa Hall.
The first half of the concert will feature the Ball State Wind Ensemble led by Thomas Caneva, director of bands. The ensemble will present the Indiana premiere of U.S. composer David Maslanka’s Concerto No. 3 for Piano and Wind Ensemble with faculty pianist Jim Helton, in addition to “Mavericks” by Paul Dooley. The ensemble will perform the same program next month at the annual conference of the College Band Directors National Association, one of eight collegiate wind ensembles selected for the honor after competitive auditions.
The Ball State Symphony Orchestra, combined Ball State Choirs, and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir will come together during the second half for a performance of Carl Orff’s masterpiece “Carmina Burana,” under the direction of Douglas Droste. This exuberant cantata remains one of the most popular works in the classical music repertoire. The soloists will include voice professor Jon Truitt (baritone), alumnus Hongteak Lim (tenor) and current doctoral student Kelci Kosin (soprano).
Before the concert, the School of Music will present a lecture for ticket holders at 2:15 p.m. about “Carmina Burana,” with Linda Pohly, music history professor and coordinator of the school’s graduate studies program.
Concert tickets range from $10-$40. Student tickets are $5 and can be purchased through the Center for Performing Arts or by calling the box office at 317-843-3800.