Thursday, January 25, 2007

Plaisir d’Amour for Valentine's Day

Art, music, literature and distant cultures will combine Feb. 14 at the University of Indianapolis in a unique event called Plaisir d’Amour ("Joy of Love").

Featuring members of the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble, guest vocalists from China, Asian landscape painter Master Au Ho-nien and UIndy faculty performers, the Valentine’s Day event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission is free.

Shanghai Normal University vocalists Wu Mei and Zhu Yinyuo and local opera ensemble members Jenny Searles, Angela Keeton, Nathan Bick, Samuel Spade and Dana Jones Milan will perform love songs from their respective traditions. Soprano Kathleen Hacker, associate professor and chair of music at UIndy, will perform Western love songs with accompaniment from faculty pianist Jacklyn Chan.

The program also will include readings by Billy Catchings, associate professor and chair of the UIndy communication department, including Chinese poetry and the ancient Chinese folk tale “The Love Story of Liang-Zhu,” also known as “The Butterfly Lovers.” Master Au Ho-nien, the Taiwan-based traditional landscape artist whose paintings fill a standing gallery at the university, will create a themed work of painting and calligraphy as the musicians perform.

Plaisir d’Amour is sponsored by University of Indianapolis Asian Programs and cosponsored by the UIndy Department of Music, Shanghai Normal University, the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble and the Au Ho-nien Cultural Foundation, Taipei.

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