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JCA Signature Series

East Coast Chamber Orchestra (Music)
September 12-14, 2018

East Coast Chamber Orchestra

In 2001, a group of musicians – colleagues and friends from leading conservatories and music festivals across the country – collectively envisioned the creation of a democratically‐run, self-conducted chamber orchestra that would thrive on the pure joy and camaraderie of classical music making. This organic approach and high level of passion and commitment resulted in ECCO, a dynamic collective that combines the strength and power of a great orchestral ensemble with the personal involvement and sensitivity of superb chamber music.

ECCO is comprised of some of today’s most vibrant and gifted young string players -- soloists, chamber musicians, principals of major American orchestras, and GRAMMY award winners. ECCO members play with the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota, San Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle and Boston among others. Members also play with the Enso, Jasper, Jupiter, Parker and Takacs Quartets, as well as the Horszowski Trio, Trio Cavatina, Sejong Soloists, Time for Three, and Chamber Music Society II. For a few concentrated periods of time each year, the members of ECCO meet for rehearsal and musical exploration. Cooking, eating, enjoying close friendships and now sharing tips for raising the next generation of ECCO are important aspects of their gatherings. Along with musical exploration, there is always an intense discussion to be had about the joys and challenges of maintaining a truly communal creative organization.

In 2012, ECCO celebrated their first decade of friendship and discovery with the release of their first commercial recording. It includes Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major Op. 48, Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a and the exuberant and surprising "La Follia" Variations for String Orchestra, arranged by ECCO’s own Michi Wiancko after Francesco Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso No. 12 in D minor.

ECCO’s 2018-19 season includes return visits to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the International Violin Competition, where they will be in residence. They make their debut on the Candlelight Concerts Series in Maryland.  Last season, ECCO gave the New York premiere of and also recorded Derek Bermel's Murmurations and its members look forward to a Fall 2019 tour with pianist Shai Wosner, featuring premiere performances of a new work by Chris Cerrone, Dissolving Margins, based on the writings of acclaimed novelist Elena Ferrante.


Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 14, 2018

  • 10:00-11:30 am: Side-by-side rehearsal of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, op. 48 with Butler string students, Schrott Center for the Arts
  • 11:45 AM- 12:45 pm: Master classes: Violins (EDRH), Violas (LH 141), Celli (SCA Stage), Basses (LH 112)


Eric Lubrick (Art)
October 16-November 18, 2018

Eric Lubrick is a photographer whose most recent work, a series of photographs about growing up as a twin, consists mostly of constructed still life images using objects and color to revisit his childhood memories. Eric Lubrick was born in Baytown, Texas and raised in Louisville, Kentucky where he grew up skateboarding and shooting photographs. Photography became a vehicle to further explore and engage in his surroundings. In 2001-2005 Eric attended Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated with a BFA in Media Studies. Directly after, Eric went to graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and graduated with an MFA in Photography. From 2007 to 2009 Eric lived in Brooklyn, New York where he continued to make art, assist high-end photographers and shoot professionally as a photographer. A full-time commercial studio job brought him back to the Midwest. 

Eric has worked for such publications as Allure Magazine, The Huffington Post, Sotheby's, National Geographic and Indianapolis Monthly.  Eric is currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana where he is the Senior Photographer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. In addition to working for the IMA, Eric continues to make art and shoot freelance for local and international clients.  


Schedule of Events:

October 16-November 18, 2018: Exhibit, Schrott Center for the Arts
Tuesday, November 6, 2018:

  • 2:30-4:15 pm: Master Class, Jordan College Annex (5144 N. Boulevard Place)
  • 4:30-6:30 pm: Gallery Tour and Reception, Schrott Center for the Arts


Roomful of Teeth (Music)
October 18-20, 2018

Roomful of TeethRoomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from vocal traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.

Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied with some of the world’s top performers and teachers in Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Broadway belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and Death Metal singing. Collaborators include Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Glenn Kotche, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), Nick Zammuto (of The Books), Toby Twining, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), Ted Hearne, Silk Road Ensemble and Ambrose Akinmusire, among many others.


Schedule of Events:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

• 1-1:50 pm: School of Music Convocation, LH 112

• 5:30-7:30 pm: Composition Seminar, LH 145

 Friday, October 19, 2018

• 12:30-1:50 pm: Choral workshop with Butler Chorale and University Choir

• 7:30 pm: Public performance, Schrott Center for the Arts, including a performance of “Quizassa” with the Butler Chorale. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

• 9:30 am-12:30 pm: Butler Invitational High School Choral Festival, with ROT from 10:00 am-12:30 pm 


Zachary DePue (violin) and Austin Huntington (cello) with the Butler Symphony Orchestra (Music)
October 21, 2018

Zachary DePueKnown for his virtuosic, high-energy performances, violinist Zachary DePue, former concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, has a busy career as soloist, chamber musician, fiddler, community leader, and mentor with passion and dedication. A rising star among both classical and crossover music fans, he became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when he was appointed in 2007. DePue is a founding member of Time for Three, the ISO’s first-ever ensemble-in-residence. He graduated in 2002 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. DePue’s violin was made by Ferdinand Gagliano of Naples, Italy, in 1757.


Austin Huntington, Principal Cellist, Indianapolis Symphony OrchestraAustin Huntington was appointed principal cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in June 2015 at the age of 20, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians of any major American orchestra. Recently, he was a finalist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal cello position in March 2018 and previously served as principal cellist in the Colburn Orchestra and Encore Chamber Orchestra, as well as a substitute for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Austin is the grand-prize winner of the 2012 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition, the 2012 MUSICAAS International String Competition, the 2013 Aspen Music Festival’s Low String Strings Competition, and the 2009 MTNA National String Competition.

Austin has collaborated in chamber music performances with artists such as violinists Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Renaud Capucon, Augustin Hadelich, and Anne Akiko Meyers, violist Cynthia Phelps, cellists Robert DeMaine and Mark Kosower, pianists Wu Han, Garrick Ohlssohn, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and bassist Edgar Meyer.

Since his first solo orchestra debut at age 10, he has gone on to perform as a guest soloist with orchestras such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Marin Symphony, Colburn Orchestra, Salomon Chamber Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, South Bend Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra.

In the summer, Austin has attended the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Kronberg Academy in Germany, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Music in the Vineyards in Napa, California, the Perlman Music Program, the Academie International de Music de Montpellier in France, the Credo Chamber Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music.

Austin is a member of the faculty at the University of Indianapolis, where he is also the cellist of The Indianapolis Quartet, the university’s string quartet-in-residence. He is a board member of the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy and was previously an adjunct lecturer at Indiana University. Austin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Ronald Leonard. His previous teachers include Richard Hirschl, Brinton Smith, Paul Katz, David Finckel, and Richard Aaron.

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3:00 pm, Clowes Memorial Hall: Performance of Brahms Double Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello, op. 102 

Friday, October 19, 2018: Violin Master class with Zach DePue, 12:00-1:30 pm, EDRH

Spring semester TBD: Cello Master class with Austin Huntington


Marco Luly, Christel DeHaan VITA artist (Theatre)
October 31-November 4, 2018

Born in Rome, Marco Luly has more than 30 years’ experience in theatre from medieval to contemporary drama. Marco is known as one of the world’s foremost experts in commedia dell’arte, a comedic theatrical form which originated in Italy in the 16th century and is characterized by large physicality, innovative masks, and stock characters. Marco specializes in the plays by the “Father of Italian Comedy”, Carlo Goldoni, and he is directing Goldoni’s A Servant of Two Masters for Butler Theatre.

In 1990, Marco founded the company Luoghi dell’Arte in Rome, Italy, and has been Artistic Director of the company ever since. Marco performs, directs, teaches, and writes for the company. He is committed to reviving medieval and commedia dell’arte theatre and has won acclaim for rediscovering medieval and renaissance period manuscripts and adapting them in a modern style. He has won numerous awards at festivals throughout Europe, including Best Director, Best Author, and Best Show awards.

Marco has performed and taught at festivals and schools all over the world including India, China, Morocco, Turkey, France, Slovenia, Croatia, the US, and more. He travels extensively to Southeast Asia (Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam) where he has performed and taught workshops almost yearly since the early 1990s.

Recognized by his professional peers and the press as a world expert in commedia dell’arte, Marco has also given countless master classes for the International School Theatre Association at festivals around the world.

In 2005, he produced an English language DVD, “The Spirit of Commedia”, in collaboration with his wife, Luciana Codispoti, and Roger Jenkins. The DVD has received critical praise and is used by teachers and students around the world who want to learn more about commedia dell’arte.

Schedule of Events:
October 31-November 4, 2018: Carlo Goldoni’s A Servant of Two Masters, adapted and directed by Marco Luly, Schrott Center for the Arts

Fall 2018 Semester: Courses and Workshops for Butler Theatre majors


"A Presidential Salute to Leonard Bernstein" 
Butler University Wind Ensemble with Soloists from "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band
Thursday, November 15, 2018
[also a Bernstein Event]

A Presidential Salute to Leonard BernsteinEntitled “A Presidential Salute to Leonard Bernstein,” this concert will conclude Butler University’s year-long 100th birthday tribute to this American musical icon. In addition to including selections that relate to the president and the White House, the program also features soloists from “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Vocal soloists GySgt Sara Sheffield and MSgt Kevin Bennear will perform selections from “A White House Cantata,” a work released after Bernstein’s death, and compiled from music originally written for the composer’s little known collaboration with Alan Jay Lerner, “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” This unique Broadway musical, composed in our nation’s bicentennial year of 1976, conveyed American history as viewed from the perspective of the residents of the executive mansion. GySgt Patrick Morgan, Assistant Principal Clarinetist in the Marine Band, will perform Bernstein’s “Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs,” a jazz-inspired score composed in 1949 for Woody Hermann. This concert also features music from the only film score Bernstein ever composed, a suite of hauntingly beautiful and exciting music written for “On the Waterfront.” Please join us for a program that promises to be a truly singular salute to Leonard Bernstein.

Schedule of Events:​

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

  • 2:00-2:50 pm: GySgt Sara Sheffield and MSgt Kevin Bennear attend Voice Studio Class, LH 120
  • 7:00-8:00 pm: GySgt Patrick Morgan attends Clarinet Studio Class, LH 044

Thursday, November 15, 2018

  • 1:00-1:50 pm: School of Music Convocation with soloists GySgt Sara Sheffield, MSgt Kevin Bennear, and GySgt Patrick Morgan, LH 112
  • 7:30 pm: Public performance "A Presidential Salute to Bernstein," Schrott Center for the Arts


NOVEMBER 6, 2018-JANUARY 26, 2019

A Texan relocated to the Midwest, Laura Stennett paints contemporary landscapes drawn from her memories and explorations in the vast landscapes of Texas, the Western U.S. and the Midwest. With the use of liquid acrylics, pen and ink, and other mediums, Stennett tells the stories hidden by nature through abstraction and detailed mark making.

Laura Stennett was born and raised in Texas. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting and a minor in art history from Texas Tech University and spent several years working for the university after graduation. Stennett is now located in Indianapolis, Indiana pursuing her career as an artist. 


Schedule of Events:

November 6, 2018-January 26, 2019: Exhibit, Clowes Memorial Hall

Wednesday, January 23, 2019: Master Class with Art students, 2:30 pm, JCX 105



Tod Machover (Music)
January 24-25, 2019

Todd MachoverTod Machover – composer, inventor and educator – has been called “America’s most wired composer” by The Los Angeles Times and “a musical visionary” by The New York Times.
Professor Machover is Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab, where he is also Academic Head and directs the Opera of the Future Group. Machover's compositions have been commissioned and performed by many of the world's most prestigious ensembles and soloists, and his work has been awarded numerous prizes and honors, including being Musical America’s 2016 Composer of the Year. Machover is also recognized for designing new technologies for music, for applications from performance to pedagogy to health. He is currently working on commissions from the Kronos Quartet, the Montréal Symphony, and on a series of collaborative City Symphonies for a number of locations worldwide.


Schedule of Events:
Thursday, January 24, 2019

  • 1:00-1:50 PM: School of Music Convocation, "Antidisciplinary Culture at the MIT Media Lab," LH 112
  • 5:30-6:30 PM: Composition Seminar, LH 141
  • 7:30-9:00 PM: Public Lecture, "From Robotic Operas to City Symphonies and Beyond," PB 156

Mr. Machover's appearance is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, Theta of Indiana Chapter, and co-sponsored by the Center for High Academic Achievement and Scholarly Engagement (CHASE) at Butler University.


Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (Dance)
February 6-8, 2019

PeridanceFounded by Artistic Director Igal Perry, New York City's Peridance Contemporary Dance Company has been a powerhouse of energetic and evocative dance since 1984. Operating from its home at the renowned Peridance Capezio Center at Union Square, the Company presents an annual NY Season at the Salvatore Capezio Theater as well as guest performances in venues, such as the Joyce Theater and Lincoln Center. In the past 5 years alone, the Company's domestic and international tours has brought contemporary dance to over 45,000 audience members around the globe. As part of its outreach commitment, the Company offers its "Dance-Break" program devoted to providing an array of educational opportunities for children and youth, often in underserved communities and schools in the Tri-State area. 


Schedule of Events:
Friday, February 8, 2019: Public Performance, 7:30 pm, Schrott Center for the Arts

More information coming soon!


SITI Company (Theatre)
March 25-27, 2019

SITI CompanySITI Company is an ensemble-based theater company whose three ongoing components are the creation of new work, the training of young theater artists, and a commitment to international collaboration.  SITI was founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki to redefine and revitalize contemporary theater in the United States through an emphasis on international cultural exchange and collaboration.


Schedule of Events:
Monday, March 25-Tuesday, March 26

  • Workshops with Theatre students, 2:00-5:00 PM and 7:00-10:00 PM both days, Lilly Hall

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

  • Workshops with Theatre students, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Public Performance of Chess Match No. 5, 7:30 pm, Schrott Center for the Arts



Stefon Harris, jazz vibraphone (Music)
April 3-4, 2019

Stefon Harris’ passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. Heralded as “one of the most important artists in jazz” (Los Angeles Times), he is a recipient of the prestigious 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award, the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, has earned four GRAMMYTM nominations, and has been named Best Mallet player eight times by the Jazz Journalist Association. He was also chosen Best Vibes in the 2018 and 2017 Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll and 2018 Downbeat Readers’ Poll, the 2016 Jazz Times Expanded Critics Poll, the 2014 Jazz Times Critics Poll and the 2013 Downbeat Critics Poll. NPR’s All Things Considered praised Mr. Harris’ audacious CD Urbanus, which also earned a GRAMMY TM nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, as one of “The Year’s Best New Jazz” recordings. As a member of the SFJAZZ Collective, their 2014 CD, Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.

Mr. Harris received his Bachelor of Music degree in classical music and Master of Music degree in jazz performance at Manhattan School of Music where he currently serves as Associate Dean and Director of Jazz Arts. He has taught at universities throughout the world in person and virtually via his Distance Learning Studio, has led curriculum development at the Brubeck Institute, and serves as Artistic Director of Jazz Education at New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Mr. Harris was Visiting Professor at Rutgers University and served on the jazz faculty of New York University for the past decade. “The Art of Listening,” part of a series of documentaries focusing on Harris’s community work in arts education in Kalamazoo, won 3 Gold Camera awards and 3 Michigan EMMY nominations. More recently he was the subject of a documentary, The Sound of New York viewable on QwestTV and produced and directed by Italian filmmaker Gloria Rebecchi.

As a thought leader, Mr. Harris leads transformative presentations on corporate leadership development and team empowerment to Fortune 100 companies using jazz as a metaphor. His inspiring 2012 TED talk, “There Are No Mistakes on the Bandstand,” has gained nearly 700,000 views to date. Mr. Harris has served on the Board of Directors for Chamber Music America, WBGO-FM and on the Board of Advisors for Percussive Arts Society.

Mr. Harris’ eleventh album as a leader, Sonic Creed featuring his band Blackout was released September 2018 on Motema Records achieving #1 back-to-back at Jazz Radio and Top 10 at Billboard Jazz. In the October 2018 cover story, Downbeat Magazine cited how “Harris has emerged as perhaps the most renowned practitioner of the instrument.” He has also recorded as part of The Classical Jazz Quartet, with Kenny Barron, Ron Carter and Lewis Nash, and as a member of the SFJAZZ Collective. He has recorded and performed with many of music’s greatest artists, including: Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Dr. Billy Taylor, Max Roach, Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Golson, Bobby Watson, Chaka Khan, Kurt Elling, Buster Williams, Dianne Reeves, Ry Cooder, Charlie Hunter, Common, and Pablo Zeigler. He co-founded The Melodic Progression Institute (MPI) in 2013 with partner Clif Swiggett to design innovative ways to help musicians learn and grow. The beta version of their first app, Harmony CloudTM, an ear-training tool is now available on iTunes.


Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

12:00-1:00 pm: Master Class with Percussion Ensemble
5:00-7:30 pm: Rehearsal with Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, April 4, 2019

10:30 AM-12:00 pm: Jazz Improvisation Class
1:00-1:50 pm: School of Music Convocation, LH 112
7:30 pm: Public performance with the Butler Jazz Ensemble, Schrott Center for the Arts