Lively Arts Series begins this September with artist talk, music concert

Indiana University East’s kicks off the Lively Arts Series this week with an artist talk and reception by Barbara Triscari from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, in the Tom Thomas Gallery, located in Whitewater Hall.

Students, faculty, staff, and the community are welcome to attend Lively Arts Events. When events are held on campus, attendees are instructed to wear a mask while in the building.

Lively Arts is presented by First Bank Richmond in partnership with WCTV.

Fiber Expressions art exhibition
Triscari’s quilt exhibition, “Fiber Expressions,” is open now through October 1. Her artwork is one of two physical exhibitions planned for the IU East Gallery this fall.

The inspiration for Triscari’s art comes from her travels as she has moved a total of 13 times in her life, so far. She has resided in nine states including the picturesque Alaska, lived for three years in Italy, and traveled to several foreign countries.

Throughout Triscari’s travels she has had the chance to photograph and experience many different cultures. Her photography is incorporated in most of her art: either in print or in creating the designs of the pieces. She wants people to be curious about the subjects and photos in her pieces and want to look closely to see the details of a photo.

She enjoys sharing the experience and wonder she has had and moments she has captured with her photography.

Triscari was the First Prize Winner of the 2020 Whitewater Valley Art Competition with her fiber art piece, La Chiesa di Bolzano Vicentino.

Duo Rouge presents the Flute Music of Nathan Froebe
The first Lively Arts Series concert of the fall semester, “Duo Rouge presents the Flute Music of Nathan Froebe,” is on Monday, September 20.

The event includes a pre-concert talk by composer Nathan Froebe at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Froebe is a visiting assistant professor of music at IU East. The concert will be held live in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. The concert is also available to watch on IU East Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/events/2856839863064852.

The concert features Jessica Raposo and Mihoko Watanabe, flutes, and Dianne Frazer, piano. They will perform music for flutes composed by Froebe, including the world premiere of his new work Triptych for 2 flutists (flute/piccolo/alto flute) and piano.

Froebe is a music educator, and conductor. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. He received his Master of Liberal Studies in Music Composition from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.

His works vary greatly in style, and nearly all contain programmatic narratives with a heavy emphasis on creative orchestration and motivic manipulation. Froebe’s recent works have explored issues such as: addiction and recovery (Addiction’s Actuality), immigration and national identity (A Mighty Woman with a Torch), and the narratives of being LGBT in today’s society (In Paths Untrodden). His works have been featured at various North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, at Society of Composers, Inc. Regional Conferences, the 2017 National Flute Association Conference, and the 2018 International Trombone Festival. His work as a music educator in Florida recently earned him a quarter-finalist position for the 2020 Grammy Music Educator Award, and in the summer of 2020 he was named a resident fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Froebe also holds memberships in ASCAP, the Society of Composers, Inc., Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary).

Froebe has performed at the New Music on the Bayou in Monroe, Louisiana, and the SCI Region VI 2019 Conference in Commerce, Texas. As a composer, his most recent works include Nocturnes and Symphony No.1 – Arc of the Rainbow for Wind Ensemble for the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble. He has also composed for the SATB Saxophone Quartet and SATB Choir, Virbaphone and Marimba. Froebe is the recipient of the 2019 Ithaca International Hecksher Foundation Composition Prize, received for his original work for a solo alto saxophone titled, Un/Controlled.

Raposo, flutist, is the music program coordinator and an associate professor of music at IU East. She has earned music degrees from the University of Michigan, the Royal Academy of Music (London), and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). In addition to her over 20 years of private teaching, Raposo has taught at Fairfield University, King’s College London, the Norwalk and Naugatuck Valley community colleges, and Jackson State Community College (TN). She also conducted the flute choirs of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic program.

Her orchestral experience includes the Vancouver Symphony, Burnaby Symphony (principal flute), Muncie Symphony, Michigan Pops Orchestra (principal flute), and the Rome Festival Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Raposo was flutist with the Wolverine Winds quintet and Trio Euterpe, and is a member of the Tempest Flute Ensemble. She performed for Sir James Galway at the University of British Columbia’s FluteFest in 2005, and won the 2007 National Flute Association’s Piccolo Masterclass Competition. Her latest ensemble, The Melba Project, explores the soprano-flute collaborations of Nellie Melba. A firm advocate of music education, Raposo has worked as a band director in the Westport, CT Public Schools, and has led workshops and classes for middle and high school students. Raposo’s research into the flute’s English performance history, the basis of her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees, won her the National Flute Association’s 2008 Graduate Research Competition. She has written for Pan, the magazine of the British Flute Society, and for The Flutist Quarterly.

Watanabe, flutist, is a native of Japan. She is a professor of flute at Ball State University and chair of the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Music program. Prior to this, Watanabe taught at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the University of Windsor, Canada. A celebrated and versatile international performer, Watanabe has won competitions sponsored by both the Japan Flute Association and the National Flute Association (NFA), and has appeared in Japan, Israel, Canada, England, and USA as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. She is the member of the faculty woodwind quintet, the Musical Arts Quintet. She has held several principal flute positions and performed with American and Canadian orchestras. Currently, she is the principal flutist of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

In addition to being a gifted flutist, Watanabe is also devoted to the field of ethnomusicology. Her research on Kazuo Fukushima’s Mei for solo flute resulted in a feature article in the Spring 2008 issue of the Flutist Quarterly (later translated for Dutch and German flute journals), and led to lecture recitals for the NFA, the British Flute Society, and the International Flute Festival in Germany. Watanabe received her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan, her master’s degree and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her bachelor’s degree from the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan.

Frazer, pianist, is recognized globally as a premiere collaborative pianist. Known for her wit and style on and off stage, she “exudes an energy and an excitement that is both irresistible and endearing”. She has performed with a “who’s who” of international artists, and has performed in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Merkin Hall. Frazer is a principal pianist for the National Flute Association, the International Society of Bassists, the MTNA Southern Division, the Florida Flute Association, and has performed at the Oberstdorf Music Festival in Germany, World Bass Festival in Poland, ISI Florence in Italy, Bradetich International Double Bass Competition, International Hornists Society, International Trumpet Guild, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Clarinet Association, International Tuba Euphonium conventions, and numerous state and regional festivals. Frazer holds two performance degrees, was a two-time Fischoff finalist, and was an adjudicator for the prestigious Dranoff International Two Piano Competition.