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  • Bloomington offers many opportunites to experience music. The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music offers musical productions year round that are open to the public. Many amateur and professional musical groups also perform at various venues throughout the year. Check the local newspaper for reviews, time and places for performances.

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    The Lotus World Music & Arts Festival took place in downtown Bloomington in Oct. 1994 for the first time. Since then the festival has grown with artists worldwide coming to town to share their music and culture. The images in this book recall moments of some of the 1500 musicians who came in 2004.

  • Monika Herzig
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    Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Jazz Studies department at Indiana University, musican and composer Dave Baker is a living jazz legend. The book follows his days as a jazz musician in Indianapolis to his long term gig at IU. This edition includes a CD of his recordings.

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    Indiana University Opera Theater has grown into a world-class training ground for opera's next generation. This lavishly illustrated history captures the excitment, hard work and talent that distinguish each performance. More than 300 photos and drawings illustrate six decades of productions.

  • George M. Logan
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    This history traces the beginnings of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from it's start in 1833 when the orchestra for Commencement "was composed of two flutes, one of them cracked". Today the school maintains six orchestras and presents more than a thousand concerts and recitals a year.

  • Hoagy Carmichael
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    Born and schooled in Bloomington, composer Hoagy Carmichael composed some of America's favorite songs in the mid and late 20th century. He left for the big city soon after attending Indiana University, but never forgot his hometown. This edition combines his two autobiographies in one volume with exclusive photographs.

  • Janos Starker
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    The World of Music According to Starker is a colorful autobiography spanning the author's fascinating life. From his early musical education during World War II in Hungary to his world tours, educational philosophy and recording and pedagogical legacy, Starker takes the reader on a riveting entertaining journey.

Web Resources

  • Founded in 1970, their mission is to perform choral works, to provide opportunties for performance, education and community service. A highlight is the annual community Messiah sing held in December with a large contingent to sing the Hallelujah Chorus.

  • Founded in 1992 by Dr. John Canfield, the Pops mission is to bring light classical and popular music to entertain, enrich and educate listeners lives. Drawing mostly from local musicians of all ages, the Pops is a regular fixture at the 4th of July Picnic With the Pops and the annual lighting of the square on the day after Thanksgiving.

  • Founded in 1969, the BSO draws players and audiences from South Central Indiana. Playing all types of music from baroque through contemporary, their mission is to encourage the understanding, appreciation and mastery of music for all audiences. Performing eight concerts per season at various venues.

  • Founded in 1989, the Camerata offers a professional setting for Indiana University faculty, retired faculty, students and others to perform works of classical music.

  • Encompassing all musical arts, from opera to ballet and dance, to solo performances, both voice and instrumental, to jazz to classical orchestra, the IU Jacobs School of Music offers outstanding student performances throughout the year.