The Butler University School of Music will present more than two dozen performances this spring, including a season-ending Butler Wind Ensemble concert paying tribute to retiring Professor of Music Robert Grechesky after 41 years at Butler.

Robert Grechesky rehearses the symphonic band.

Robert Grechesky rehearses the symphonic band.

Tickets for concerts at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts are available here or at the box office, which is open from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Season passes for the spring semester also are available for $20. (The passes do not include admission to Butler Ballet or Butler ArtsFest events.)

For more information, call 317-940-2787.

Here is the schedule:

Butler University Double Reed Day, Schrott Center
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. January 18
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Butler University Double Reed Day is open to oboists and bassoonists of all ages and levels as well as their parents, teachers, and friends. Featured guests will include Joseph Robinson, former principal oboe, New York Philharmonic; Oleksiy Zakharov, bassoon, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; and Kelly Swensson, master of music from Butler ’12. The day will include performances by our guests, hosts, and current Butler students.

Piano at Butler Series featuring Kristin Elgersma
8:00 p.m. January 24
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Kristin Elgersma is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Idaho. She will also conduct a masterclass at 10 a.m. January 25.

Electronic Music Festival
7:30 p.m. January 26
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

The 12th annual Elektronik Musik Fest will feature music by Butler composers and special guests.

Faculty Artist Series Presents the Matt Pivec Trio
7:30 p.m. February 4
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Matt Pivec Trio featuring Greg Artry on drums and Jesse Wittman on bass. The concert will feature innovative original compositions for jazz trio. 

Faculty Artist Series Presents Woodwind Faculty Recital
7:30 p.m. February 11
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

JCA Composers’ Orchestra Concert
8:00 p.m. February 13
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Butler Symphony Orchestra Concert
7:30 p.m. February 22
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $5-$10

Wind Ensemble and All-Star Band Concert
2:00 p.m. February 23
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Concert will feature William Grubb, cello soloist on Michael Schelle’s “Prayer” written in memory of Robert Grechesky’s mother. Also, Michael Krueger, Assistant Conductor of the Wind Ensemble, will conduct his own composition, “For Patrick.” 

Faculty Artist Series Presents Frank Felice, composer
7:30 p.m. February 25
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

An evening of classical progressive rock music.

Percussion Ensemble Concert
7:00 p.m. February 27
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $5-$10

Under the direction of Jon Crabiel, Butler University Percussion Artist-in-Residence, the Butler Percussion Ensemble & Steel Drum Ensemble promise a high-energy concert as they perform a wide range of music styles – from ragtime to calypso; avante-garde to classical; Afro-Cuban to funk. This performance will feature “Trio Per Uno” by Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, “The Golden Age of the Xylophone,” “Phase Dance” by Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays, and music from progressive rock band King Crimson among others.

Jazz Invitational concert
7:30 p.m. March 1
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

The Butler University Jazz Ensemble will be joined by some of the top local high school and middle school jazz ensembles, each of which will be featured with a guest soloist.  

Butler Chorale Concert
7:00 p.m. March 3
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $5-$10

University Choir Concert
7:00 p.m. March 4
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Tickets: $5-$10

Municipal Band/Butler Symphonic Band Concert
7:00 p.m. March 5
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Faculty Artist Series Presents Jared Rodin, trombone
7:30 p.m. March 18
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Piano at Butler Series featuring Kent Cook
7:30 p.m. March 19
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Kent Cook is Professor of Piano and head of the Keyboard Area at Illinois Wesleyan University. He will also conduct a masterclass at 2 p.m. March 20.

JCA Composers’ Orchestra Concert
7:00 p.m. March 20
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Faculty Artist Series Presents Larry Shapiro, violin, and Cathy Bringerud, piano
7:30 p.m. March 25
Eidson-Duckwall Recital
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

The performance will feature a world premiere of a work being composed by Mike Schelle, using text by Ashley Shapiro. This will set the tone for the entire program, which will be spiritual in nature.

Faculty Artist Series Presents Guest Violinist Drew Lecher
7:30 p.m. April 1
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Teaching and playing professionally since the age of 19, Drew Lecher was appointed––at age 24––Professor of Violin, and later Viola, at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. He further honed his teaching skills working with gifted children as Specialist Instructor of Violin, Viola & Chamber Music at the Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, England, and on the faculty of the City of London’s Pimlico School.

JCA Composers’ Orchestra Concert
1:00 p.m. April 5
Lilly Hall 112
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Butler Opera Theater presents “The World on the Moon” by Haydn
6:00 and 8:30 p.m. April 7; 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. April 8; 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. April 9
Holcomb Observatory
Tickets: $25-$100

Part of Butler ArtsFest 2014, this is a once-in-your-lifetime intimate operatic experience. Haydn’s 1777 science-fiction comic opera is being specially staged for performance in Butler’s Holcomb Observatory. The audience capacity for each 75-minute show is only 40, so get your tickets early.

Faculty Artist Series Presents Guest Ensemble Kunama Quartet
7:30 p.m. April 8
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall

The Kunama Quartet features Cyril Wang, violin; Tess Krope, violin; Alaina Rea, viola; and Josh DeVries, cello—a union of four musicians from the 2013 Chicago Youth In Music Festival. The quartet will be performing the music of Butler composer-in-residence Michael Schelle.

Butler Jazz Combos Concert
7:30 p.m. April 14
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Butler Chamber Choir Concert
7:30 p.m. April 15
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Butler Wind Ensemble
3:00 p.m. May 4
Clowes Memorial Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public without tickets

Retirement concert honoring Robert Grechesky will feature the premiere of the new work “Ruach” by Miho Saski; Dana Wilson’s “Concerto for Tuba,” with ISO tubist, Anthony Kniffen as soloist; and Nicolai Miaskovsky’s “Symphony No. 19.”

Media contact:
Marc Allan
mallan@butler.edu
317-940-9822