Anderson University’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance welcomes The Icarus Ensemble, an Indianapolis-based group playing jazz, classical, pop and original compositions. The concert will be in the York Performance Hall on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Bengtson Concert Series.
The Icarus Ensemble first came together for a Faculty Artist Concert at the University of Indianapolis in February of 2007. Since then they have performed regularly at both the University of Indianapolis and Butler University. Their May 20, 2013, performance was their 16th appearance at Indianapolis’ venerable Jazz Kitchen.
The ensemble performed in March 2011 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, in April 2012 with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra in Indianapolis, and in May 2013 with the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony in Lafayette, Ind.
Icarus’ members include Jon Crabiel, percussion; Dean Franke, violin; Peter Hansen, bass; Mark Ortwein, electric bassoon, soprano sax, and bass clarinet; Gary Walters, piano. The members are all regular players with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and other local groups as well as active educators at Butler University, the University of Indianapolis, and in their own studios.
Their program for the March 13 concert at AU will include Icarus members’ arrangements of music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Claude Debussy, and Antonín Dvořák as well as original compositions by the group’s members.
“It is an honor to have Icarus on our campus to interact with our students and to offer an evening of music in York Performance Hall,” said Dr. Jeffery Wright, dean of the College of the Arts. “Individually, each member of the ensemble is an accomplished musician who has made a lasting contribution to the musical life of Indianapolis. Together they are a remarkable musical force that occupies a unique niche in the world of music. This performance will be a wonderful treat for all who attend.”
For tickets, please call the Reardon Box Office at (765) 641-4140. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 12 – 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 (general admission); $10 (seniors, military, faculty, staff); and $5 (students). Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the concert.
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.