Lilly Classical Series Begins 2011 with Franck’s Symphony in D Minor

Though the Lilly Classical Series has been going on in Indianapolis for a few months now (the first performance of the season was a Beethoven violin concerto played by Midori on October 8), it reaches its heights with an array of performances in 2011. Come to Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis on Friday, January 7 or Saturday, January 8, 2011 to see how the Lilly Classical Series operates in the new year. The first 2011 performance for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will be an evening centered around the work of Cesar Frank, a composer, pianist, and organist who taught at the Paris Conservatory for almost twenty years in the late 19th century. The most famous Indianapolis music organization will be playing Franck’s Symphony in D Minor, a piece composed in 1888 that is Franck’s only symphony and one of his most widely recognized works. Composed just a year before his death, Franck’s Symphony in D Minor is comprised of three distinct movements and is meant to use English horn, flutes, bassoons, oboes, harp, and more.

Video of the Orquestra Nacinonal de Porto in Portugal performing Franck’s Symphony in D Minor; the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will be performing the piece on January 7 and 8 in Indianapolis


But Franck’s master work isn’t the only piece you’ll hear if you attend this iteration of the Lilly Classical Series. Indianapolis music fans in attendance will also be the first to hear a new piece from Indiana University professor Claude Baker, a piano concerto called From Noon to Starry Night. The Chancellor’s Professor of Composition at the Jacobs School of Music, Baker was the composer in residence for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; his music has earned an Academy Award in Music, a George Eastman Prize, a fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and many more. From Noon to Starry Night, written for the 100th anniversary of Indiana University’s music program, was inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman and commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, and the Jacobs School of Music.

There’s no better way to ring in the new year than to take in a performance by one of the most well respected musical organizations in the Circle City, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra’s Lilly Classical Series debuts its third performance this weekend, on Friday, January 7 and Saturday, January 8, 2011 at Hilbert Circle Theater. The concert begins with Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni and will feature the world premiere of Claude Baker’s piano concerto, From Noon to Starry Night, and a performance of Cesar Frank’s famous Symphony in D Minor. This Indianapolis event begins at 8:00 p.m. on January 7 and 5:30 p.m. on January 8; tickets range from $70 (for Dress Circle seats) to $20. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Jacobs School of Music with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on January 7 and 8.

Lilly Classical Series Presents Franck’s Symphony in D Minor
Friday, January 7, 2011 at 8:00; Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 5:30
Tickets: $70 – $20
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Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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