IU Jacobs School of Music offers its most Diverse Season Yet

As part of the Indiana University Bicentennial celebration, the IU Jacobs School of Music is offering an extra-special 2019-20 season, featuring all the favorite facets of the school.

Four operas, three ballets, the Singing Hoosiers, the Jazz Studies Department, and the inaugural Jacobs Live at the Movies all add up to its most diverse and robust season yet.

Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro kicked off the season in September and the emotionally compelling Dark Meets Light program introduced the Jacobs ballet season two weeks later.

Then—after 43 years—Wagner’s Parsifal returns in November! One of the cornerstones upon which IU Opera Theater was built, the legend is being resurrected through the generosity of IU’s Office of the Bicentennial, Office of the President, and Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. This monumental work of more than four hours will boast the latest in modern technology along with professional singers from around the globe.

Wagner’s final opera, based on Arthurian knight Parsifal’s quest for the Holy Grail, is a story of redemption full of magic and miracles, enchanted castles, forests, and more. It is widely accepted as a masterpiece, earning praise even from Wagner’s contemporaries, including Gustav Mahler: “Completely spellbound”; Max Reger: “I cried for two weeks and then became a musician”; and Jean Sibelius: “Nothing in the world has made so overwhelming an impression on me.”

The size and scope of Parsifal mean it is rarely performed in the United States, especially with the production values planned at IU, where audience members should expect an immersive experience.

The time-honored ballet tradition of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker will open the holiday season on the Bloomington campus, followed by the return of the Jacobs Holiday Celebration, a jazzy collection of seasonal favorites and more featuring student and faculty performances.

Puccini’s double bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, balancing painful tragedy and high humor, will begin spring semester, while Verdi’s iconic La Traviata will wrap up the 2019-20 opera season.

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Then enjoy a top-notch Jacobs School orchestra providing live accompaniment to blockbuster film Jurassic Park on the big screen in the Musical Arts Center (MAC).

The treasured storybook ballet Cinderella, with the lush music of Prokofiev, returns to the MAC, followed by the Singing Hoosiers Spring Concert and Jazz Celebration heating up the stage and closing the Jacobs School of Music production season in late spring.

Experience all the power of vibrant productions, captivating creative teams, the nation’s top young artists, and an incredible array of music and dance at one of the world’s most renowned schools of music.

Tickets are on sale at the Musical Arts Center box office, which is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone at 812-855-7433, or on the IU Jacobs School of Music Opera and Ballet Theater website.