New faces, programs and orchestral music are in store for audiences of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) as it launches its 43rd season, “Janna & Friends,” the first entirely programmed by music director, Maestro Janna Hymes. All concerts are performed at The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts where the CSO is the resident orchestra.

“The exciting, the unexpected, and the classics are all part of our 2018-19 season that offers a dynamic mix of modern works and popular warhorses such as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5,” says Hymes. “Audiences are in for a treat with the symphony premier of Jeff Midkiff’s original, energetic and lyrical bluegrass Mandolin Concerto performed by the composer/musician himself, and Mozart’s choral masterpiece, the emotion-evoking Requiem. I invite everyone to join us!”

The season kicks off with Orchestral Showcase on October 14. The evening highlights the orchestral strengths of the CSO, with pieces like Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger  and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

November 10, the CSO welcomes pianist Jon Nakamatsu who makes his first concerto appearance with the orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. At December’s IU Health Holiday Pops, the CSO welcomes vocalist Sarah Kate Walston in addition to the Indianapolis Children’s Choir as the orchestra celebrates the season with a family friendly concert tradition.

February 9, in the midst of “red carpet season,” the CSO will also perform music from “The Magnificent 7,” “Bride of Frankenstein,” “Schindler’s List” and “Superman” in addition to featured soloist Midkiff.

March 9 brings violinist Irina Muresanu to The Palladium stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. This very special season comes to a grand finale on April 27 with Mozart’s powerful Requiem featuring the Anderson University Chorale, Anderson University Alumni Choir, and Anderson Symphonic Choir.

As always, the CSO strives to connect audiences of all ages to the power of music with popular family-centric events such as the Family Fun! Concert with an instrument petting zoo (February 24), the Sounds Exciting! Concert for area elementary school students, and the CSO Young Artist Competition returning for its 38th year.  The CSO has added a new component to their educational programs, a Side-by-Side Concert with the Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra (November 18).

On January 18 and 19, the CSO will partner again with Pedcor & Friends in two special concerts to honor our veterans, active military, and first responders.  More details coming soon!

Additionally, concert goers can enjoy “Music Matters Pre-Concert Talk,” free, behind-the-scenes conversations featuring the concert’s guest artist and conductor in a relaxed atmosphere. In these informal discussions, audience members are made privy to interesting facts about the evening’s composers and their music.

Season 2018-2019 Full and Flex subscriptions go on sale later this spring through The Center for the Performing Arts. Discounts for students are also available: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger, and the $10 CollegePASS for College students.  For more information or to request a new 2018-19 season brochure, visit

About the Carmel Symphony Orchestra

Believing that music has the power to change lives, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is the resident orchestra at The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind. Founded in 1975, the CSO is comprised of professional and passionate musicians. The orchestra performs concerts featuring an eclectic repertoire of some of the world’s greatest symphonic music. The CSO is committed to enhancing our community’s quality of life through creative, artistically excellent performances, and educational experiences for diverse audiences of all ages. Janna Hymes was appointed music director in July 2017. For more information, visit