Sursa Hall Inaugural Concert Series

Since its inaugural concert series in 2004, Ball State University's Sursa Performance Hall in the Music Instruction Building has hosted top international recording and performing artists from around the world. Funded by Arts Alive! through Ball State's College of Fine Arts, this chamber music series presents some of most outstanding artists to the entire community.

"In the past, we would not have been able to attract musicians like these to Muncie, but they are drawn here by the opportunity to perform in our state-of-the-art and acoustically dynamic hall," said Robert Kvam, dean of the College of Fine Arts. "It's the goal of the College of Fine Arts to have an annual series of world-class performers who bring their unique talents to the hall."

The inaugural concerts began at 7:30 p.m. on the following evenings:

September 22, 2004: Violinist Midori and Pianist Robert McDonald
Midori is heralded as one of the world's foremost violinists. She has played the great concert halls of Europe, Asia, and North America and has performed with many prestigious ensembles around the world. She has worked with Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Isaac Stern, Leonard Bernstein, and Yo-Yo Ma and has appeared on many recordings, including the Grammy-nominated Paganini Caprices for Solo Violin. McDonald has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East as a solo recitalist and partner to Midori and Isaac Stern. He has won the Busoni, William Kapell, and Washington International Competitions.

November 17, 2004: Pianist Krystian Zimerman
Zimerman was the last, and for some time also the only, pianist to perform under Leonard Bernstein. He also has worked closely with Herbert von Karajan and has repeatedly performed with Kaja Danczowska, Kyung-Wha Chung, Gidon Kremer, and 40 other celebrities of the musical world. His concert tours take him to the music centers of Europe, Asia, and America, and he has won the highest prizes at several prestigious competitions, including the Grand Prix at the Chopin Competition of 1975. He also frequently receives the most prestigious record awards for his recordings.

January 25, 2005: Tokyo String Quartet
Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, this quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo and today is regarded as one of the world's supreme chamber ensembles. The quartet is in residence at the Yale School of Music and performs around the globe. Its landmark recordings have earned the Grand Prix du Disque Montreux and seven Grammy nominations. The ensemble has been featured on numerous television programs and has won the first prize at international competitions. The musicians perform on the renowned Paganini Quartet instruments.