The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has been celebrating Black History Month for quite a few years now: twenty five, to be exact. This year promises to be the biggest Celebration of Black History for the Indianapolis musical organization; their 25th Anniversary celebration will take place this Tuesday. As everyone knows, February is nationally known as Black History Month, a time where the United States looks back on all the great accomplishments of African Americans in our history, achievements earned despite extreme adversity, obstacles, and prejudice.
Indianapolis is no different; many Indianapolis arts organizations and Indianapolis music groups are celebrating the rich black heritage of the Circle City. After all, Indy was and is a major jazz town; it is the native city of several jazz greats, music venues like the Slippery Noodle Inn, Chatterbox Jazz Club, and the Jazz Kitchen, and the Indy Jazz Fest is one of the biggest such music festivals in the country. In light of African American contributions to Indianapolis music, on Tuesday, February 9 the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will present the 25th Anniversary of its Celebration of Black History, an Indianapolis event that you should not miss.
This year’s Celebration of Black History will feature guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II, the current resident conductor for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he has performed with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Ohio All-State Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and more. Tipton will be directing the ISO along with the Voices of Light Chorus through works by Duke Ellington, Antonin Dvorák, William Grant Still’s Afro American Symphony, John Rosamond Johnson, and John Williams.
|Video of Chelsea Tipton II conducting at the Eastern Music Festival; Tipton will be conducting the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Celebration of Black History on February 9|
Sponsored by the Indianapolis Recorder and Indianapolis Power & Light, the 25th Anniversary of the Celebration of Black History will take place at Hilbert Circle Theater on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to this historic Indianapolis event is free, so members of Indianapolis society have no excuse to miss the show. Come on out to Hilbert Circle Theater on Tuesday to see why Indianapolis music wouldn’t be the same without the contributions from its black ancestors and contemporaries.
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Presents A Celebration of Black History
Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46204