The Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis celebrates Black History Month with their 12th Annual Gospel Concert this Sunday, February 27 at Pike Performing Arts Center. This Indianapolis music event is a favorite among Indianapolis people each February, as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis welcomes familiar (and successful) faces back to Indianapolis. This Indianapolis performing arts event begins at 3:00 pm.
The Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis will be joined on stage by the Symphonic Praise Choir, who will perform a selection of gospel favorites to help celebrate Black History Month on the last day of February. African American native of Indianapolis, Sonya Hayes, will be a featured soloist in the concert. As a teacher at the Middle C Music program in Washington DC, Hayes is constantly juggling her teaching duties with performance opportunities across the United States. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the University of Indianapolis, the Norwegian Embassy, the Brazilian Arts and Cultural Institute and many more music organization.
In addition to Hayes as a soloist, the concert features two African Americans in extremely important roles: Jackson Wiley will direct the Philharmonic Orchestra and Reggie Waters will lead the praise choir. Wiley describes his expectations of the performance, “This is really an enjoyable experience for everyone who is able to arrive before it becomes a full house. What we do is take regular church arrangements and place them with classical accompaniments. We always try to play a variety of selections that will appeal to anyone’s tastes.”
The managing director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis adds, “This is a very important tradition for us that features the work by great composers and guests performances by Black musicians. This concert combines the energy of gospel music with the depth of symphonic orchestrations. The fusion of gospel church sounds with a symphonic background is just simply beautiful.”
The concert will feature works by Jean Sibelius, Ernest Chausson, Johannes Brahms and Jules Massenet. Arrive early to this Indianapolis event for the Listen and Learn program. This interactive opportunity gives audiences the chance to see the behind the scenes happenings for both conductor and musicians. The Listen and Learn program begins at 2:30 pm.
Don’t miss one of the last celebrations of Black History Month in Indy this year. The 12th Annual Gospel Concert by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis will be a joyous Indianapolis art event. After the concert, enjoy a nice dinner at any of these great Indianapolis restaurants, or drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Make the Circle City your playground.
12th Annual Gospel Concert
Sunday, February 27 at 3:00 pm
Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis
Pike Performing Arts Center
6701 Zionsville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268