School of the Arts kicks off the summer with a performance of classical music

IU South Bend’s ensemble in residence will be on campus Saturday, May 18

Indiana University Northwest’s School of the Arts will host the Euclid Quartet, Indiana University South Bend’s ensemble in residence, for an on-campus performance on Saturday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m.

The quartet will perform a compelling and lively program of musical classics, including Franz Schubert’s famous Quartet in D minor (“Death and the Maiden”) and a light and jazzy arrangement of “Graceful Ghost” by contemporary American composer William Bolcom.

This event was specifically programmed to align with long-term plans to establish and grow IU Northwest’s music department. This short concert covers a wide range of musical styles and is intended to be an engaging yet accessible event for anyone interested in music.

The audience will especially remember the expressiveness and drama of ‘Death and the Maiden’, not without reason an ever-present piece in chamber music programming.

“This piece grabs your attention as soon as you hear the unison phrase in the opening bars,” says Erin McHugh, musicologist and IU Northwest Director of Arts Programming. “Schubert uses all the colors in the voices of these instruments to illustrate sadness, anger and shock – all the emotions one experiences when confronted with one’s own mortality. Although this is a small ensemble, the drama captured here is equal to that of a full orchestra or opera.”

The performance lasts approximately 65 minutes and is followed by a reception with capes and an opportunity to mingle with the musicians. Tickets are $5 for IU staff, students and faculty with valid ID and $10 for the general public.

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