Known as a hub for classical Indianapolis music, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the Hilbert Circle Theatre is more than just concertos and symphonies. Michael Cavanaugh returns to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra June 11 to 13 with “Generations of Rock,” a celebration of rock through the 50s, 60s and 70s. Tickets to this Indianapolis art event are between $20.00 and $78.00, with a special $10.00 rate for Indianapolis kids with a valid student ID. Performances are at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 7:00 pm on Sunday. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra rocks hard this weekend with Michael Cavanaugh in a one of a kind Indianapolis event.
A native of Ohio, Michael Cavanaugh is the New Voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook. Best known as the star of the Broadway smash hit Movin’ Out, Cavanaugh was hand picked by Billy Joel to illuminate his classic music as the new “Piano Man.” He stayed in the role for three years performing in more than 1200 performances. He became the toast of New York for his incredible work, earning critical acclaim and commercial success, which culminated with both Grammy and Tony Award nominations.
A musical savant since the age of seven, Michael Cavanaugh formed his first band at only ten years old. He was inspired by his hero, Billy Joel, to create music and perform live. His first full time gig as a musician paralleled the life of a young Billy Joel, as he worked for tips in an Orlando, Florida piano bar called Blazing Pianos. In 1999, he received a gig in Las Vegas that would forever change his life. His new position as an employee and performer at the famed “New York, New York Hotel and Casino” had him playing the Piano Man’s songs almost every night.
When Billy Joel turned up one night in 2001, he immediately recognized Cavanaugh’s talents. Jumping up on stage with the budding star, Joel performed two songs with the Vegas lounge singer. That was all it took to convince Billy Joel that he had found the future star of his upcoming Broadway musical. Cavanaugh left the Big Apple themed Las Vegas casino for the real thing. He began working along side Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp to shape the Broadway musical that would become Movin’ Out.
When Movin’ Out closed in 2005, Michael Cavanaugh finally began touring in his own right. This talented performer, musician and actor reinterprets modern pop and rock with thrilling effects. It wasn’t long before he became one of the most sought after artists in the corporate and events market. He has trotted the globe performing for charity events as well as notable sporting events including the PGA Tour, the US Open and the Indianapolis sport phenomenon the Indianapolis 500.
His reputation preceded him at Symphony Orchestra houses across the United States. With a broad range of talents and audience appeal, Cavanaugh took on playing in some of the most elegant symphony houses in the nation. In fact, his first orchestral booking was at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in April 2008, “Michael Cavanaugh – The Songs of Billy Joel and more.” The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was the first to see Cavanaugh’s success when playing large symphony houses.
|Video: Michael Cavanaugh at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indiana
In October of 2008, Cavanaugh signed his first independent record deal with Warner/ ADA. His first album titled “In Color” contains some Billy Joel tunes as well as famous modern pop from other reputable artists like Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and more. His “Generations of Rock” series reflects his desire to pay homage to these musical genius that have given light to his voice. His performance this weekend will journey through the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Billy Joel and Bryan Adams. With fresh interpretations of their greatest hits, Cavanaugh reintroduces fans to their favorite songs like they have never heard them before.
Don’t miss this Indianapolis performing arts event at the Hilbert Circle Theatre off of Monument Circle in Indianapolis downtown. Take a pre concert stroll around the historic Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. Or treat yourself to dinner at any of these scrumptious Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, head to any of these Indianapolis bars for cocktails. If you have yet to have enough piano try Howl at the Moon, an Indianapolis downtown bar with dueling piano players.
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Generations of Rock with Michael Cavanaugh
June 11 to 13
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle