Numerous manuscripts, including an award-winning cello sonata, posters and programs highlighting the career Dr. Robert Vodnoy, former music director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, will be on display Sunday, Sept. 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium at Indiana University Northwest.
The selection of memorabilia and papers collected during Vodnoy’s international career are preserved in IU Northwest’s Calumet Regional Archives. A program at 2:30 p.m. will feature remarks from IU Bloomington Professor Keith Brown, performances from Vodnoy and his students, and a dramatic performance by his daughter, Alison, who recently won the Northwest Indiana Young Artist Award. Refreshments will be provided.
Vodnoy is in his 29th season as music director for the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and his third season as music director of the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra. He was commissioned by the Berrien Community Foundation to compose "Moving Bridges (2001) for the 50th anniversary of the SMSO. He also composed "Warrior" (1997) for the SMSO and "Generations" (1996) for the Northwest Indiana Symphony, where he was Music Director and Conductor from 1976 to 1996.
He also has appeared as a guest conductor in many countries including, China, Italy, Sweden and Korea. His appearance with the Orchestra of the Zhejiang Song and Dance Theater in Hangzhou, China in the program Sunshine for a New Century, a Gala Millennium Concert, was broadcast to 40 million people. This experience led to the formation of the American International Youth Orchestra in which Vodnoy, and three members of SMSO and several Valparaiso University faculty, took on a three-city musical tour of China in August of 2001.
Vodnoy’s collection in the archive is a culmination of more than 35 years of work, which features numerous manuscripts, photos from his tour of China, and his master’s thesis. Vodnoy says one could learn a lot about a person from a manuscript.
"Manuscripts are interesting because from the handwriting and notations you can tell a lot about a composer’s personality," Vodnoy said.
Vodnoy holds a B.M. summa cum laude and M.M. in Composition from the University of Hartford and a Dmus in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University. He has been a visiting lecturer at Kalamazoo College, Jacksonville University, St. Joseph’s College and Calumet College.
For more information about the exhibit, please contact the Calumet Regional Archives at (219) 980-6628.