Carmel, Indiana’s Center for the Performing Arts features three great performance space: the Tarkington Theater, the Studio Theater and the Palladium. With national acts like Bernadette Peters coming through this performance complex as well as shows by local groups like the Civic Theater, this Indianapolis art mecca offers something for everyone. Don’t miss these exciting Indianapolis events at the Center for the Performing Arts. Here is a preview of what to expect.
The Tarkington Theater
Booth Tarkignton Civic Theatre Presents Lend Me a Tenor -Ken Ludwig’s Broadway hit is a mad-cap comedy about a struggling opera company. As the Cleveland Grand Opera Company faces imminent catastrophe when its star is hopped up on tranquilizers, making performance impossible. Can an aspiring singer named Mac take his place on center stage? As he attempts to impersonate the fallen star, shenanigans ensue including mistaken identities, romantic entanglements and all manner of fast-paced comedy.
The Studio Theater
Actors Theater of Indiana Presents Godspell – The classic Broadway show comes to the Studio Theater. Based on the Gospel According to Saint Matthew and featuring a brilliant score by Stephen Schwartz, “Godspell” features a string of well-known songs including “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back O Man” and more. See the parables of Jesus Christ in a human light with upbeat songs and a strong message. Presented by the Actors Theater of Indiana.
Bernadette Peters and Michael Feinstein -Tony Award winning actress, Bernadette Peters, has amazed audiences with performances on stage and screen. In 2003, she received her seventh Tony nomination for her engaging portrayal of Momma Rose in the Broadway revival of Gypsy. Other Broadway credits include Song and Dance, Sunday in the Park with George, Annie Get Your Gun, The Goodbye Girl, Into the Woods and others. In addition, she has numerous Grammy Award winning Broadway cast albums to her credit. The New York Times said of her, “As an actress, singer, comedienne and all around warming presence, Bernadette Peters has no peer in the musical theater right now. See her on stage with the Center for the Performing Arts Artistic Director Michael Feinstein.
Bruce Hornsby -Don’t miss 13 time Grammy nominee Bruce Hornsby on stage at the Palladium. This multi-talented artists sings, plays piano and accordion and writes his own music. His two and a half decade recording career includes hits like “The Way It Is,” “Mandolin Rain” and “Every Little Kiss.” He’s appeared on albums with Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Crosby Stills and Nash, Stevie Nicks and Squeeze. A high energy performer, Hornsby brings creativity to the stage and joy to his audience.
Di Wu Plays Rachmaninoff 2 – After performing with the Carmel Symphony to begin their residency at the Palladium and due to popular demand, Di Wu returns to the Center for the Performing Arts. She will take on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 as well as Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and Massenet’s Meditation from Thais. This performance also features Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster and Butler University professor Larry Shapiro on violin and conductor David Bowden.
Spectrum: The Magic of Motown – The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s own Jack Everly conducts this magical evening of Motown. Don’t miss this tribute to the biggest and best in Motown. This unforgettable era gave us singers like Diana Ross, Frankie Valli, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, the Supremes and countless others. Featuring soulful sounds, theatrical panache and inspired arrangements, the vocal quartet SPECTRUM takes the stage with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Be transported back in time to the Golden Age of music with stirring renditions of songs that defined an entire generation.
St. Petersburg Symphony – Under the direction of music director and conductor Roman Leontiev, the Tschaikoski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra comes to Carmel. This grand orchestra is world renowned for presenting a diverse repertoire that ranges from Baroque to 20th Century music. Hear Jean-Yves Thibaudet “one of the best pianists in the world,” perform classic pieces that include Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde. Other selections for the evening are Liszt’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in A major and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. This worldly musical performance is one you won’t want to miss.
Chris Botti – His critically acclaimed album, “When I Fall in Love,” made this multi-Grammy Award winning artist one of the best selling in America. His jazz instrumental style has been featured in collaborations with Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Sting. Now he performs solos at the Palladium in a music event for the ages. Plus, as one of People Magazines 50 most beautiful people, he’s easy on the eyes too.
The Amazing Race – The Indiana Wind Symphony presents the Amazing Race featuring pianist Kelleen Stutz. Travel via music to the most exotic and picturesque locales in the world. The program includes John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, Zo Elliott’s British Eighth, Steve Rhodes, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, Jamie Texidor’s Amparito Roca, Sammy Nestico’s Cable Car and Ottorino Respighi’s The Pines of Rome.
Choose your entertainment at the Center for the Performing Arts where music and theater come to life. Before the show, dine on a delectable meal at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, discuss the highlights of the program over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars.
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Center for the Performing Arts
One Center Green
Carmel, Indiana 46032