The Indiana University East Department of Music is hosting a series of live-streamed concerts this fall on Facebook Live.
Nathan Froebe, visiting lecturer of music at IU East, said the virtual concerts are a way for musicians to continue to connect during the pandemic.
“Musicians are creative folks, and the musicians here at IU East have been hard at work creating ways for all of us to continue to engage with the art of music during this socially distanced time,” Froebe said. “Our students and faculty have been preparing a variety of performances to share with our campus and community via live-streaming, from celebrating the legacies of the masters, to premieres of new works by students and faculty, to capstone performances of students completing their degrees, and more!”
The first concert is at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 12. The event features Peter Douglas, piano, with guest Marcel Ramalho, baritone, performing selections for “Beethoven’s 250th: A Piano and Voice Recital.” The performance is an evening of art song and piano works centered around the life of Beethoven. Pre-selected audience members will be in the auditorium during the performance.
The performances will be held in Vivian Auditorium, which has recently been remodeled. The public will be able to watch the full performance as it is streamed live on IU East’s Facebook Live at facebook.com/events/640577170153546.
“It is exceptionally important that we support the arts in any way we can during these times, both to support the artists who provide us with meaningful entertainment, as well as for ourselves to continue to be nourished with the amazing music and hard work of our IU East students and faculty are producing,” Froebe said.
Douglas is an adjunct instructor at IU East. Performing as a collaborative pianist, organist, and solo pianist, Douglas has established a career as a versatile performing artist. His performances have taken him throughout the United States and globally to Europe and South America.
He is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) at Ball State University pursuing a Doctor of Arts Degree in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying with a secondary in Music Theory/Composition. At IU East, he teaches class piano and sight-singing/aural skills. He is an organist/collaborative pianist at First Presbyterian Church in Muncie and maintains a busy freelance collaborative piano schedule performing with singers, instrumentalists, dancers, chamber groups, and choral ensembles.
Ramalho holds a Doctor of Arts in Music from Ball State University, and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Earlham College and Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette. A recipient of several academic awards and scholarships, he recently sang Thomas Putnam in Robert Ward’s The Crucible with Berlin Opera Academy. At Ball State University, Ramalho sang the title roles in Mozart’s Don Giovanniand Le Nozze di Figaro, and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. Other roles include Peter in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Captain Corcoran in Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Don Pedro in Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict, and scenes from Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Dandini), Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (Belcore), Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe (Horace Tabor), Copland’s The Tender Land (Top), and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (Grégorio).Ramalho has also recently appeared as the bass soloist in J. S. Bach’s cantatasIch habe genug (BWV 82), Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (BWV 38), Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4), and Weinen, klagen, sorgen, zagen (BWV 12), W. A. Mozart’s Freimaurerkantante, and G. Fauré’s Requiem.
Haewon Yang, piano, will perform “Off the Beaten Path” at 7 p.m. on November 10. This is an evening exploring lesser known and newer works for modern piano, including the premiere of Froebe’s new work, “Nocturnes.”
Yang, adjunct instructor of piano, has been recognized for her colorful and sensitive performances. As an avid performer and collaborative musician, she is a sought after for her flexibility across different genres and carefully studied interpretations. She has won top prizes in Canadian national competitions such as the Shean Piano Competition and Canadian Music Competition, as well as the Indiana University Concerto Competition and the Indianapolis Matinee Musical Competition.
She has been a guest artist at the Yemel Philharmonic Society in Toronto, Canada, Concordia Wilmington Concert Series in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis, with performances across North America and Europe. Her doctoral research was on the piano compositions of child composers, which includes the works of the prodigious composer and pianist Emile Naoumoff.
Yang holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the IU Jacobs School of Music, and studied with Paulette Price, Marietta Orlov and Arnaldo Cohen. She lives in West Lafayette with her husband Brian.
This November the IU East Student Capstone Recital Showcase will feature Claire Eckstein, composer; Zach Cornett; baritone; Tanner Puterbaugh, French horn and tenor. The showcase begins at 5:30 p.m. on November 19. This concert will be virtual only.
Eckstein is from Batesville; Cornett is from Connersville; and Puterbaugh is from Richmond. The students are majoring in humanities with a concentration in music.
The capstone recital is a mega-concert featuring IU East students performing an eclectic array of works new and old, Froebe said.
The Music Student Concert is at 6 p.m. on December 3. This virtual concert will be live-streamed and features performances and original compositions by all IU East students taking private music lessons. It serves as the culmination of a semester’s hard work by student musicians, and offers everyone an opportunity to continuing engaging with the arts in this socially distanced time.