Lively Arts and Library 2014–15 Noontime Series Announced

Posted on 10/16/2014 1:08:20 PM

The Lively Arts and IUP Libraries are pleased to announce the events for this year’s noontime lecture-demonstration series. Supported through a partnership of the Lively Arts and the Mary Jane Schafer Memorial Fund, the events are free and provide a unique and exciting opportunity for all individuals to hear a combination of music, discussions on the music, information on the performers’ background, and the influence the group has had nationally and internationally.

Strings and SerpentsThis year there are four events planned, with the first presentation on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, by the Japanese koto players from the group Strings and Serpents. The group is a unique blend of many different influences and cross-disciplinary arts that combine into a highly visual and exciting live performance. The library presentation will include demonstrations and informational segments about the Japanese Koto instruments, with group members also providing information on the entire ensemble. As with all events, the audience is encouraged to ask questions of the group.

Deborah Henson-ConantThe second installment in the series will be in early December with electric harpist Deborah Henson-Conant. She has received praise and recognition from artists around the world, including from guitar player Steve Vai who called her the “Jimi Hendrix of the harp,” as well as being referred to as the “wild woman of the harp” by legendary trumpet player Doc Severinsen. Her original approach to her live shows pushes boundaries of what is expected of the harp and has led to a wide-ranging career that includes touring with the Boston Pops, sharing the stage with Ray Charles, and jamming with Bobby McFerren, to name a few. A date for the noontime performance will be announced by mid-November.

Pablo Ziegler QuartetIn March, with a date to be announced in February, the Pablo Ziegler Quartet will provide the third outreach of the series. Led by Pablo Ziegler, “Tango y Misterio” brings the Argentinian tradition of New Tango into the Chamber music setting by utilizing piano, cello, double bass, and bandoneon. In playing many of Ziegler’s original compositions and arrangements, as well as music from many well-known tango artists, this chamber music format gives the group a uniquely intimate setting to show off the subtle textures and nuance of refinement within the music. This outreach will take place in the Music Library in Cogswell Hall.

The Jones-Maruri Duo: Michael Kevin Jones and Agustin MaruriThe final installation in this series is the return in early April to Indiana of the Jones-Maruri Duo. Formed in 1990 by U.K. cellist Michael Kevin Jones and Spanish guitarist Agustin Maruri, they are believed to be the only established duo of its kind, and have traveled the world playing recitals and concerts in many prestigious locations. The special and unique quality of sounds produced by this combination of instruments, with both capable of a range of sounds and timbres and ranging from driving rhythmic playing to highly lyrical and melodic playing, produces a wonderfully varied and exciting musical evening.

In addition to the events themselves, librarians will create an information display on the first floor of Stapleton Library that highlights the group, style of music, and a variety of sources for interested individuals to investigate.

For more information on any of the events, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787, or e-mail the coordinator for arts-in-education services, Jeff Wacker, at