Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces 2010/2011 Season: Past Favorites Meet New Faces

Last Friday, one of the most distinguished Indianapolis musical organizations released a comprehensive list of the performers, musicians, and concerts that will be the talk of Indianapolis society for the next year. That’s right, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra released the official calendar for the ISO 2010/2011 season, and it promises to be a great time for Indianapolis music.

Spread throughout six different concert series, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offers Indianapolis residents a wide variety of Indianapolis events to attend. The search for a new, permanent musical director for the ISO continues this year, but the organization will presenting a rotating cast of conducting talent. Familiar faces from last year, like Raymond Leppard, Ludovic Morlot, Mark Wigglesworth, Robert Spano, and Arild Remmereit, will return to the podium along with a few fresh faces, including Joanna Carneiro, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Christoph Erbele.

Biographical video about Raymond Leppard, a veteran guest conductor with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in Indianapolis


Several popular guest soloists and musicians will be reappearing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra this year as well, including acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell and award-winning pianist André Watts, who performed at the University of Indianapolis last year ; another renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman, will be performing during a one night only Opening Night Gala. Other returning musicians include 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis gold medal winner Barnabás Kelemen, string trio Time for Three, and ISO favorites like Zach De Pue, David Bellman, and Michael Isaac Strauss.

Video of Joshua Bell performing a piece by Beethoven; Joshua Bell is one of many distinguished musicians playing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in its 2010/2011 season


The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Printing Partners Pops Series will also be featuring some fun things to do in Indianapolis this season, even if you’re not a classical music fan. Wayne Brady, a popular comedian and actor who is probably best known for the TV show Whose Line is it Anyway?, will be singing with the ISO in October. The Indianapolis musical organization will also feature Live and Let Die, a musical tribute to Paul McCartney, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, a rendition of popular cartoon numbers, and Cirque de la Symphonie, which will bring the magic, artistry, and colors of Cirque de Soleil to the Indianapolis performing arts stage.

Video of Wayne Brady performing his song, “Ordinary,” live; Wayne Brady will be performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in its 2010/2011 season


Perhaps most surprising about the ISO 2010/2011 season is a very special guest vocalist who will be performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Liza Minnelli. Minnelli, a famous singer and actress who holds three Tony Awards, an Emmy, an Oscar, two Golden Globes, and a Grammy, will be making a special appearance with the ISO in October. She has been active in international, national, and Indianapolis media, making appearances on television shows like Arrested Development and Law and Order, popular music albums like My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade, and on Broadway. Liza Minnelli should add more variety to a schedule already rife with surprises.

Video of Liza Minnelli singing “Sara Lee” live at Radio City Music Hall in 2007; Liza Minnelli will be singing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in its 2010/2011 season

In short, the 2010/2011 season of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is one that should not be missed. Hilbert Circle Theater will be filled with a variety of different sounds this season, from the complex, powerful arrangements of Beethoven to the sounds of an entire generation with Live and Let Die. It’s a good season to be an Indianapolis music fan; be sure to buy your tickets early to each one of these great Indianapolis attractions.

To see the complete 2010/2011 season of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, visit the new season’s website.

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-Bryan Johnson

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