Carmel Symphony at CarmelFest 2018

Central Indiana’s favorite festival – CarmelFest – is almost here! We can’t wait to see you! Come with your family and friends and enjoy delicious food, live entertainment, fun activity zones and spectacular fireworks. It’s a heartland tradition in the heart of Carmel, Indiana you won’t want to miss!

Your Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO), conducted by Maestro Janna Hymes, will begin their performance at 8:30 p.m. on the Geico Gazebo Stage on July 4th, leading up to synchronized fireworks at 9:45 with music provided on Carmel High School radio station WHJE 91.3 FM (fireworks last approximately 25 minutes).

Additionally, festival goers can enjoy signature performances from Mac McAnally, Josh Kaufman Band, The Wright Brothers, My Yellow Rickshaw, along with returning favorite bands, emerging artists and the newly added “Hoosier Crossroads Music Festival” on the North Zone Stage on July 3rd.

Don’t miss the CarmelFest parade on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., as well. Spectators will delight in bands, motorcycle drill teams, clowns, lively color guards, cheerleaders, designed floats, gymnasts, local celebrities, veterans and more. And candy is back again this year! Check out the route here.

See you in Carmel on the Civic Square July 3 – 4, 2018!

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 Meistersinger Overture 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

Exciting changes are being made to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 Young Artist Competition. Our newly added concert on November 18, 2018 will feature a side-by-side with the Carmel High School Symphony Orchestra and the winner of the Young Artist Competition at the Palladium. We believe moving the Young Artist performance to an educational program with an older audience base will provide a more positive experience for our competition winner.

Carmel Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition

Our Young Artist Competition affords student musicians from the State of Indiana the opportunity to compete with their peers at the highest level of artistic excellence. The winner receives a cash prize and performs his/her concerto accompanied by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, as well as have the experience of performing in The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts.

2018-19 competition information with specific application deadlines will be updated on our website very soon, but at this point we wanted to let you know the deadline will be around August 17, 2018 with finals taking place on Sunday, September 9, 2018 (1:00-4:00 pm). Additional rules and an online link to the registration will be available on our website in May.

In an effort to streamline the process, please note that the registration will only be ONLINE this year. Registration info, mp audio recordings, pdf scores and payment will only be accepted online. This digital format worked very well last year, so we will no longer accept mailed registrations for the Young Artist Competition.

View features on recent past Carmel Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition winners:

Renée Murphy

Gabriel Bruner

Learn more about the Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s educational outreach.

The Carmel Symphony League will host its annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, April 10 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Ind. Luncheon at 11 a.m. Tickets are $45; RSVP deadline is March 30.

Proceeds of the event benefit the CSO education programs that work to foster the musical talent and education of young artists including the Family Fun! Concert and the annual Young Artists Competition. This year’s luncheon entertainment will be provided by Cheryl Wyatt, a former lead vocalist with the United States Air Force. She has performed with the Carmel Community Players and is a regular vocalist for St. Luke’s United Methodist Contemporary Worship Service.

“The symphony is extraordinarily lucky to have this group to help support us.” said Alan Davis, CSO President and CEO. “Their work is invaluable, and their dedication much appreciated.”

“The CSO League Luncheon is a wonderful way to get together with friends and have fun … for a great cause!” says CSO League President Sandra Pirkle. “We are so proud of the impact we make every year with the proceeds we raise from this event.”

A perennial favorite are the gift baskets created by League members to be bid on by luncheon attendees. This year, a special item, “Lunch with Janna” includes lunch for three lucky winners with Music Director Janna Hymes at Sahm’s Ale House. Proceeds from the event go toward funding the Young Artists Competition scholarships and sponsoring the ‘Family Fun!’ concert. In addition, this year the League will be selling “Music Matters” t-shirts and sweatshirts ($10 for t-shirts and $15 for sweatshirts).

For more information or to RSVP, call the CSO office at 317.844.9717 or email


The drama of music will be on display at the Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) season finale on April 14, when the spotlightshines on CSO Concertmaster Larry Shapiro. Serving as guest conductor will be the highly acclaimed Charles Prince. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Palladium. A pre-concert conversation featuring Shapiro and Prince begins at 6:45 p.m.

Shapiro, a full-time professor of violin and artist-in-residence at Butler University, has served as the CSO Concertmaster since the 2005-2006 season. He has toured as a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, served as Concertmaster for numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonia, the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony. He toured for several years with ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov as first violinist of the White Oak String Quartet.

This globally recognized artist will play Bruch’s “Concerto No. 1 in G minor,” one of the most moving, romantic pieces in symphonic music. Also slated for the program is Rimsky-Korsakov’s Procession of the Nobles, and Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde and Overture to Tannhäuser, both by Wagner. The program and season concludes with the mesmerizing Suite from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.

Being on stage is nothing new to Shapiro. By age 10, he was playing in a professional orchestra. “I knew I was immersed in an incredible wash of divine beauty, and it was a place I needed to be for the rest of my life! I also knew I had a precise agenda: To become Concertmaster of a major orchestra, soloist and first violinist of a major string quartet. I’ve done all that, and yet I feel as if I’m just getting warmed up,” says Shapiro.

The CSO’s “Buy More, Save More” promotional discount continues. Use promo code “CSOSAVE” when ordering tickets via the Center for Performing Arts website or by calling the Center’s Box Office at 317.843.3800. Discounts for students are also available: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger and the $10 CollegePASS. To purchase tickets, click here.

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