Topic: College of Fine Arts

October 3, 2008

Ball State University's Arts Alive Concert Series enters its fifth year by welcoming a dynamic line up of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists to Sursa Performance Hall.

The concert series begins Oct. 14 with a performance from the highly acclaimed Moscow Piano Trio. Recognized as one of the most prominent Russian chamber music ensembles, the trio's repertoire of music encompasses more than 200 works, many by modern composers.

On Nov. 13, soprano Angela Brown will grace the Sursa stage with an operatic and classical vocal performance. Critics have hailed Brown as "the future of opera." In early 2009, Brown will sing "Aida" at Deutsche Oper Berlin and will follow that with performances of Leonora in "Il Trovatore" for The Atlanta Opera.

The series' final artist, Russian cellist Natalia Gutman, will come to campus April 7 to perform in Sursa Hall. Gutman has performed tours throughout Europe, the United States and Japan and is frequently invited to solo with some of the world's best orchestras. The New York Times has described this talented musician as "hailing from Russian string-playing aristocracy."

In addition to the concerts, the artists each will provide a master class for students at Ball State's School of Music, sharing their expertise, experiences and insight, said Robert A. Kvam, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Kvam said performers featured in the Arts Alive Series typically appear only in large metropolitan areas. The acoustics and architectural splendor of Sursa Hall are key factors in drawing artists to the university. Past Arts Alive performers have included violinist Midori, Empire Brass, Chanticleer and pianist Kristian Zimerman.

"Sursa Hall has undoubtedly helped us in our quest to attract premier talent who enjoy performing in a serene and sensitive place," he said.

All concerts in the Arts Alive Concert series are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $80 for the entire series and $35 for individual concerts. For more information, call Ball State's box office at 765-285-5581.