USI Foundation To Make Major Gift Announcement Prior To Concert


USI Foundation To Make Major Gift Announcement Prior To Concert Celebrating Music Of Philip Hagemann

WHO: Alison Buchanan, soprano and Artistic Director of Pegasus Opera in London; Robert Sims, baritone; Kamilla Arku, pianist; the University of Southern Indiana Chamber Choir and Women’s Choir, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Daniel R. Craig; USI Board of Trustees Chair Ronald D. Romain ’73

WHAT: A Major Gift Announcement from the USI Foundation, followed by A Celebration of the Music of Philip H. Hagemann.

The concert will be presented by the USI Board of Trustees, USI President Ronald S. Rochon, the USI College of Liberal Arts and the USI Foundation.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 19. Opening remarks in honor of Hagemann will be delivered by Romain before the concert begins.

WHERE: The USI Performance Center, located in University Center East on the USI Campus. A map of the USI campus featuring University Center East can be found at

ADMISSION: Free, with in-person physical distancing as required by USI COVID-19 protocols.

PARKING: Parking will be available for media members in Lot C, in front of Screaming Eagles Arena and across from the Performance Center.

PHILIP HAGEMANN: Born and raised in Mount Vernon, Indiana, Philip Hagemann is an accomplished musician, teacher, producer and award-winning composer of two full-length operas, 10 one-act chamber operas and 75 choral works. His most recent works, a chamber arrangement of Claude Debussy’s The Prodigal Son and a one-act opera based on Bernard Shaw’s Passion, Poison and Petrifaction, premiered in September 2021 at the London Royal Academy of Music.

As a co-producer of theatrical productions, Hagemann has won three Tony Awards and an Olivier Award. Since 1983, he has sponsored a competition for high school music students in Posey County, the finals of which are presented as a free public concert each summer in Thrall’s Opera House in New Harmony. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from USI in 2016.