The music will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the DeHaan Fine Arts Center, which opened in 1994 with generous support from DeHaan, a former UIndy student who served many years on the university’s board of trustees. Leppard has served as artist-in-residence at the center since its opening.
As announced at last year’s opening gala, the university commissioned a piece honoring DeHaan from associate professor John Berners, who teaches composition in UIndy’s department of music. His works have been performed by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Ronen Ensemble, the Detroit and Virginia symphonies and the Boston Symphony Brass.
Berners describes his new work, “Sinfonia,” as an “inclusive, celebratory piece” for a small orchestra, which in this case will comprise 25 professional musicians from the UIndy faculty and the ISO.
The free program also will feature music of Mozart and Vivaldi, with performers including the UIndy Festival Orchestra and choral ensembles, pianist Richard Ratliff, soprano Kathleen Hacker and mezzo-soprano Mitzi Westra.