Concert Series
Concert Series

Concert Series at the Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha

Ball State University, Muncie, IN
June 23 - 28, 2014 | Leadership Weekend Experience: June 21-23

Each evening features a live concert or event by renowned performing groups showcasing an exciting range of genres. 

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Yamaha Young Performing Artists

Monday, June 23, 2014
8 PM, Emens Auditorium, Ball State University
Presented by Yamaha Corporation of America
2014 CollageThe Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Winners of this competition are invited to attend an all-expense paid weekend celebration at the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, receive a once in a lifetime performance opportunity in front of thousands of students with national press coverage, receive a recording and photos of the live performance, and participate in workshops designed to launch a professional music career. Winners also will enjoy many of the privileges of a Yamaha Artist, including services and communication with Yamaha's Artist Relations department. This performance is free and open to the public. This concert is general admission balcony seating, and no ticket is required.

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Atlantic Brass Quintet

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
8 PM, Emens Auditorium, Ball State University 
abq-stage-webWidely acclaimed as one of the world's finest brass ensembles, the Atlantic Brass Quintet has been heard in 48 of the United States and more than a dozen countries across four continents, performing a unique repertory spanning Praetorius, Monteverdi, and Bach; Etler, Stravinsky, Rands; and brass music from the streets of Brazil, Cuba, the Balkans, and New Orleans.  Winner of six international chamber music competitions, the Quintet's distinctive sound, impeccable ensemble, stunning viruosity, and warm, inviting stage presence have won praise from scores of critics. 
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
8 PM, Emens Auditorium, Ball State University
Presented by Yamaha Corporation of America
BBVD WEBBig Bad Voodoo Daddy features Morris (vocals, guitar, banjo), Joshua Levy (piano, arranger), Kurt Sodergren (drums), Dirk Shumaker (acoustic bass, vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet, flugelhorn), Karl Hunter (alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet) and Andy Rowley 

(baritone saxophone, vocals).

Since their arrival on the music scene in 1993 in a legendary residency at LA’s Derby nightclub, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, named famously after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, has old millions of records while their music has appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows. They have sold out concerts from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center and appeared on TV shows from Leno to Conan, Dancing with The Stars to Superbowl XXXIII.

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Christian Howes and Southern Exposure

Thursday, June 26, 2014
8 PM, Emens Auditorium, Ball State University 
Presented by Yamaha Corporation of America
C.HowesandSouthernExposure.jpgJazz violinist Christian Howes grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he studied classically from the age of five, performing as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at age 16 and later receiving his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Ohio State University.

At age twenty, a “cultural intervention” occurred when Christian had the opportunity to perform at regular gospel church services. “Playing in the gospel church services influenced me to change musical directions. The experience was so different from the classical music world; it felt fresh and inspiring. It became my mission to become a violinist with a strong voice in jazz.” Since his shift 21 years ago, he has gained great notoriety from critics and players alike as one of the world’s most respected jazz violinists. Christian was a favorite of the late Les Paul, with whom he worked for 11 years. Says Christian of his mentor, “Les defied categorization in terms of age or genre. His character, approach to life, and musicianship taught me many valuable lessons.” From 2001-2010 Howes become an in-demand violinist on the New York scene, collaborating with a bevy of top shelf jazz artists, including Greg Osby, D.D. Jackson, Frank Vignola, Joel Harrison, Dafnis Prieto, Dave Samuels, Spyro Gyra, and a 4-year chair in Bill Evans’ “Soulgrass” band.

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DCI Central Indiana

Friday, June 27, 2014
7 PM, Scheumann Stadium, Ball State University 
DCI WEBDrum Corps International makes a stop at Ball State University featuring:
Carolina Crown - Ft. Mill, SC
Blue Stars - La Crosse, WI
Colts - Dubuque, IA
Phantom Regiment - Rockford, IL
Pioneer - Milwaukee, WI
The Cavaliers - Rosemont, IL
Troopers - Casper, WY

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Marching Band division camp students will perform on field, together with Carolina Crown at the end of the show's competitive performances.