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Pedcor and Friends, CSO Present “Salute to Heroes”

Get ready to salute the red, white and blue when Pedcor and Friends along with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) present “Salute to Heroes” on January 17, 7:30 at the Palladium. Through the generous donation of Pedcor, individual tickets for military veterans, active military and first responders will be offered at a 50 percent discount.

The performance, created especially for this occasion by Music Director Janna Hymes, features the ever-popular Wright Brothers along with bluesy powerhouse Jennie DeVoe. Also adding to the entertaining evening will be Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI), Indiana University’s Singing Hoosiers and Ball State University Dancers. The ATI’s Don Farrell will serve as emcee.

“It’s going to be a great concert,” said Bruce Cordingley, president and CEO of Pedcor Companies and a veteran himself. “Veterans, active military and first responders deserve our deepest gratitude and appreciation. I want each and every one of them to know their service is important and to receive a heartfelt thank-you.”

A variety of patriotic songs will be presented including “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America,” along with several solo performances and dance features.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting TheCenterPresents.org or by calling the Center’s Box Office at 317.843.3800. For more information, visit CarmelSymphony.org.

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 CarmelSymphony.org

Celebrate the Season When the Indianapolis Children’s Choir Joins the CSO for IU Health Holiday Pops

Everyone will be jolly when the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and soprano Sarah Kate Walston join the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) for IU Health Holiday Pops in two performances Saturday, December 8 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at The Palladium.

Audience members will enjoy familiar holiday music for the whole family including “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “The Christmas Song.” The afternoon show is geared especially for children with a slightly abbreviated performance time, no intermission and the opportunity to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Ken Knowles and Ann Conrad) in the East Lobby of The Palladium.

Walston, a veteran of both musical theatre and opera, makes her first appearance at The Palladium in this holiday performance. The native of Richmond, Virginia grew up singing in the church choir, received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance and is on the voice faculty for Virginia Commonwealth University. She also occasionally performs as a guest artist with her husband’s band, J-Roddy Walston and the Business.

“There’s something for everyone of all ages — our IU Health Holiday Pops concerts are filled with a variety of audience favorites and traditional holiday music,” says Executive Director Kimberly Dimond. “I am looking forward to being part of Carmel Symphony’s wonderful holiday tradition! I invite everyone to join in the fantastic history of sharing the wonder and joy of the season with these concerts, a truly great way to kick off the season with family and friends.”

Flex subscriptions are also available through the Palladium Box Office at the Center for the Performing Arts (317.843.3800). Discounts for students are also available: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger, and the $10 CollegePASS. For more information, visit CarmelSymphony.org

Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu Took a Different Road to the Stage

Jon Nakamatsu, the 1997 Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will be the featured guest artist with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on November 10. Nakamatsu was a high school German teacher when he won the award, and later became renown for his speech “Loser’s Club” recounting his long and unusual path to being a professional musician. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, with a pre-concert conversation, “Meet the Music,” featuring Nakamatsu with CSO Music Director Janna Hymes beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert Adams Room.

Hymes calls Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini one of the greatest concertos ever written and says Nakamatsu is the perfect artist to deliver it. “Rachmaninoff has a way of transporting listeners to another place with his work, and this piece is no exception, especially performed by Jon. The evening opens with Shostakovich’s fast-paced and declarative Festive Overture. Closing the concert is a wonderful example of how composers used music to describe their homelands. Sibelius’s Second Symphony aurally paints the vast and lonely landscape of Finland in this incredible work, which bursts forth with optimism and grandeur as it develops.”

Single tickets are available for this performance as well as the remainder of the CSO season that includes some of the world’s greatest symphonic music performed by renowned guest artists. Special performances include a November 18 “Side-by-Side” concert with Carmel High School Orchestra musicians featuring the winner of the CSO Young Artists Competition as well as two very special January “Pedcor & Friends” programs honoring veterans, active military and first responders (and those individuals receive a discounted ticket!). Families won’t want to miss the annual ‘IU Health Holiday Pops” December 8 or “Family FUN!” set for February 24.

Flex subscriptions are also available through the Palladium Box Office at the Center for the Performing Arts (317.843.3800). Discounts for students are also available: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger, and the $10 CollegePASS.

 

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra Season Begins October 13

(Carmel, Ind. – September 24, 2018) The spotlight will shine brightly on the talents of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) musicians as the season opens October 13 with “Orchestral Showcase” under the direction of Janna Hymes who serves as both music director and conductor. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, with a pre-concert conversation, “Meet the Music,” led by Hymes beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert Adam Room.

This season is the first entirely programmed by Hymes, who launched her tenure with the CSO last season. “The opening concert for our 43rd season is a tour de force highlighting the orchestra with majestic pieces,” said Hymes. “We begin with The Prelude to Wagner’s Meistersinger – a brilliant statement, large in scope with lush, yearning melodies. Faure’s simple and melancholic Pavane comes next, followed by Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody, an exciting work from start to finish, and steeped in folk music which builds to a glorious climax. Closing the evening is the program’s main piece, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, rich in emotion, glorious melodies and great energy supported by intricate rhythms.”

New to the CSO family this year is Kimberly Dimond who became the organization’s executive director in July. Dimond will focus on outreach to ensure audience growth and participation in classical music. “There is a certain stigma about attending the symphony,” said Dimond. “People are worried about when to clap, what to wear, and that they won’t understand the music. We are going to work hard this year to enhance the symphony experience and dispel those myths to make attending a concert or a CSO event fun!”

Kicking off the season of special events is “Taste the Music,” exclusive evening of live music unique silent and live auction items held at Prime 47’s Clay Terrace location on October 11. Ticket information and details can be found at carmelsymphony.org. In addition, an “after party” at nearby restaurants (TBD) will follow the concerts this season, providing the audience an opportunity to mingle with CSO musicians as well as meet other audience members.

Single tickets as well as season subscriptions are now available for the CSO season that includes some of the world’s greatest symphonic music performed by renowned guest artists. Special performances include a November 18 “Side-by-Side” concert with Carmel High School Orchestra musicians featuring the winner of the CSO Young Artists Competition as well as two very special January “Pedcor & Friends” programs honoring veterans, active military and first responders (and those individuals receive a discounted ticket!). Families won’t want to miss the annual ‘IU Health Holiday Pops” December 8 or “Family FUN!” set for February 24.

Single tickets and Full and Flex subscriptions are now on sale through the Palladium Box Office at the Center for the Performing Arts (317.843.3800). Discounts for students are also available: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger, and the $10 CollegePASS.

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 CarmelSymphony.org

Meet Kimberly Dimond, CSO Executive Director

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is pleased to announce that Kimberly Dimond will join the organization as its next executive director on July 16. She joins the CSO as it embarks on its 43rd season, the first entirely programmed by music director, Maestro Janna Hymes, and replaces outgoing president and CEO, Dr. Alan Davis, as he retires after nearly two decades of service.

“We were very pleased with the high caliber of applicants who expressed interest in this position, and we are thrilled to retain someone of Kimberly’s talents, resume and recommendations,” said Larry Lawhead, CSO board chair. “We look forward to her beginning her tenure and to the next season of the CSO!

Dimond most recently served as the director of symphonic programs for the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Michigan since 2010. Prior to that, she was the managing director with the Midland Symphony Orchestra as well as serving as corporate relations manager for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Dimond comes to the CSO with a deep love for the arts and innovative programming.

With a background in music and hands-on experience at previous orchestras, my passion for the arts is a lifelong commitment. I am dedicated to having a positive and meaningful impact on both the orchestra and the surrounding community. — Kimberly Dimond, CSO Executive Director

During her 11 years with MSO, she served as a public representative to community, state and national organizations, promoting a positive image for the organization. She was able to grow single and subscription tickets during her time with MSO and implemented signature fundraising events while maintaining a high focus on education and community outreach activities.

She is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Integrative Public Relations and Music (French horn) and holds a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Goucher College. As a professional member of the League of American Orchestras, she has completed its Leadership Academy, Essentials of Orchestra Management. Additionally, Dimond is a member of Americans for the Arts and served as an administration panel member representing Goucher College arts. Her areas of expertise include, orchestra operations, balancing traditional and modern repertoire, fundraising initiatives, audience development and education/outreach activities. As a versatile professional, she also is highly proficient with numerous software and design platforms, as well as, creating engaging social media content and advertising campaigns.

“The support of the arts in Carmel is exceptional, and partnered with Janna’s enthusiasm and the wonderful orchestra, I’m excited about what opportunities lie ahead and what we can accomplish together,” says Dimond. “I look forward to meeting everyone in person, and the start of the season this fall.”

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