Topic: College of Fine Arts

October 2, 2014

Ball State University will welcome world-renowned and award-winning musical artists to Sursa Performance Hall for its annual Arts Alive Concert Series.

Pianist Sean Chen kicks off the concert series beginning Oct. 14. Chen was the 2013 DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association and recently won third prize at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. A reviewer for the Ventura County Star said, "Chen brings piquant charm and prodigious fingerwork to play in (Rachmaninoff's 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini') and a lush and ruminative spirit to (Rózsa's 'Spellbound Concerto')."

New York Voices will perform Feb. 10. The Grammy Award-winning vocal group is celebrating 26 years of presenting riveting performances in a style deeply rooted in jazz, rhythm and blues, classical and pop. Its versatility allows members to perform in both big band and more intimate trio settings. New York Voices has released seven albums and spends much of its time giving workshops and clinics to high school and college music students. A reviewer for The Cincinnati Enquirer has described the group’s style as meticulous and polished: "Their four-part harmonizing is so close, it is hard to tell where one voice ends and another begins."

The series' finale will take place April 14, featuring two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist and internationally applauded performer Hilary Hahn. To date, Hahn has released 14 albums and been a regular feature on the Billboard classical chart's top 10. The New York Times said, "Hahn started out as a prodigy of rare clarity and virtuosity and has developed into a daring, mature artist eager for new collaborations and repertory."

All concerts in the Arts Alive Concert Series will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $80 for the entire series and $35 for individual concerts. For more information, call Emens box office at 765-285-1539.