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Beautiful Music at Butler University

Did you know Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster, Larry Shapiro, was the first full-time music professor on Butler University’s campus and has been teaching there for thirty years now? Yes, indeed.

Mr. Shapiro joined Butler’s Jordan College of Fine Arts as a visiting professor in 1986 and joined the faculty as a professor of violin and artist-in-residence the following year. Each year he gives a recital at Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall.

This year he will be treating Butler students and the public to two recitals. One Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. and another this spring, both featuring 1756-1856: From Mozart’s Birth to Schumann’s Death.

The recital will include works by both Mozart and Schumann and feature Mr. Shapiro, along with collaborators, Catherine Bringerud, pianist, and David Rezits, cellist. The spring concert will include a fourth collaborator – a former student of Mr. Shapiro’s.

Both recitals are free and open to the public. Please come listen to the beautiful music and see Mr. Shapiro in the extraordinary setting of Butler University. “Butler is the greatest institute of its kind in the country. I’d put it up against anyone. I truly love being a part of such a great music school,” says Shapiro.

Mr. Shapiro also encourages you to mark your calendar for the next CSO concert, Verdi’s Requiem, on November 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. “It’s going to be an amazing concert. A great choral work and very operatic. Verdi’s greatest work of its kind,” says Shapiro.

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Carmel Symphony Orchestra Plays Mallow Run Winery

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will perform at Mallow Run Winery Saturday June 18, 2016 at 8 p.m. with NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” favorite The Texas Tenors. This special CSO summer picnic concert will feature classical harmonies with a unique blend of Broadway, country and pop, with a touch of cowboy charm for good measure. The evening will be capped off with a fireworks finale.

The Mallow Run Winery CSO Concert featuring The Texas Tenors is sponsored by REMAX RESULTS – Gerri Reeves, with fireworks presented by Franklin Symphonic Council. Concert tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Mallow Run tasting room, online at MallowRun.com or by calling 317-422-1556

Picnics are welcome, however all beer and non-Mallow Run alcohol is prohibited. The following food trucks will be on-site: Caplinger’s Fresh Catch, Dal Forno Pizza, Pierogi Love, Johnson’s BBQ, Sam’s Upper Krust, Pinocchio’s Italian-Style Ice Cream and Pap’s Kettle Pop. Gates open at7:00 p.m. 

Click here for a map/directions to Mallow Run Winery 

Carmel Symphony Orchestra Plays Sports

Columnist Bob Kravitz a Featured CSO Guest

Long-time sports columnist and TV analyst Bob Kravitz will be the featured guest for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts. This concert concludes the 2015-16 season, during which the CSO has celebrated its 40thanniversary.

A graduate of Indiana University, Bob spent most of his career at the Indianapolis Star before joining the sports broadcast team at WTHR-Channel 13 in 2014. While he professes that his favorite types of music are new wave, blues and Reggae, he is well suited for his featured narration of the orchestra’s performance of “Casey at the Bat.”

According to CSO Artistic Director David Bowden, the eclectic evening is one to be enjoyed by both sports and music enthusiasts. “We will be performing some of the greatest music associated with sports including selections from John Williams’ ‘Olympic Fanfare,’ highlights from Rocky, ‘Nadia’s Theme,’ ‘Copeland’s Rodeo’ and the Globetrotter’s signature theme, ‘Sweet Georgia Brown,'” he said. Bowden adds there will also be some selections for the “home team” including “Back Home Again in Indiana” and a few college fight songs for good measure. Audience members are encouraged to show their spirit and wear their team colors, jerseys and letterman jackets to get into the spirit of this sports-themed evening.

Bob Kravitz also joins David Bowden to share interesting sports stories from his career during a pre-concert gathering in the Robert Adam Room at 6:45 p.m. for Music (& Sports) Matters

Single tickets can be purchased by visiting CarmelSymphony.org or by calling the Center’s Box Office at 317.843.3800. Discounts for students are also available including the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger and the $10 CollegePASS for College students.

Why CSO through the Eyes of Warren Central High School Students

At our March concert – The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) presents Ms. Angela Brown – we were honored with student visitors from Warren Central High School.

Ms. Melinda Bowman, a Warren Central German teacher, organized a group of orchestra, band and foreign language students for an evening of beautiful music on their own time. We always love to hear feedback from our visitors’ experiences, and we were lucky enough to get a wonderful list of comments from this great group of high school students.

What did you like best about your CSO experience?

  • The complexity of the music, and how well it was performed. Most of all, I really liked the mutual respect between the instrumentalists and the vocalist. I liked how both sides worked together and had fun doing so.
  • I absolutely loved the vocalist Ms. Angela Brown. She is a fantastic storyteller with a brilliant voice. She really brought life to the Palladium.
  • I loved The Dance of the Hours. That piece was especially beautiful. The energy and communication between the entire orchestra was amazing. Ms. Angela Brown’s voice was gorgeous! Honestly, I can’t pick a favorite part, because it was all incredible!
  • I liked the music. That was the best part of the concert.
  • Ms. Angela Brown – she is hilarious! But the music also was good.
  • I liked the very first song that the orchestra played the best.
  • My favorite part was being able to see Ms. Angela Brown.
  • The Palladium is a really nice place and the CSO musicians are wonderful!

What does CSO mean to you?

  • CSO shows hard work and passion for music that I can relate to.
  • Being able to attend CSO with Warren Central is an amazing opportunity for young students. The venue is breathtaking and the music even more so. Being a graduate of 2016, I am sad that it will probably be my last time attending for a while. It was great to be able to hear Blue Skies – it’s one of my favorite Jazz standards. Thank you for having us!
  • CSO is an amazing orchestra that rivals the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO). The energy on stage is the best I’ve seen yet and you can tell that everyone loves what they do. The conductor is especially energetic. He reminds me of my high school conductor in the way that you think he might fall off the podium because he is so into it. Thank-you for the experience. I would love to see CSO again!
  • CSO is a great group of musicians having fun!
  • CSO is an inspiration!
  • I want to be as good as they are!
  • It meant so much to see a professional orchestra play, especially seeing the cellos.
  • CSO means a lot to me.
  • I don’t live in Carmel, so I hadn’t seen them before, but CSO is really just like an orchestra.

The entire CSO family adores when students visit our concerts.  It is our mission to enhance Central Indiana through creative, artistically excellent performances and educational experiences for diverse audiences of all ages. As our Artistic Director Dr. David Bowden often says, “We delight in being able to inspire children of all ages with beautiful music, because we know that making music changes lives.”

Thank-you for sharing an evening of beautiful music with us, Warren Central! We enjoyed having you!

Angela Brown to Perform with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra

Featured soloist from the two-time Grammy Award winning recording “Ask Your Mama” Angela Brown returns to perform with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra as the guest artist on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts. The internationally recognized soprano who calls Indianapolis “home” and has been featured in the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Philadelphia and at Lincoln Center will perform familiar arias, spirituals and a little Gershwin.

Most recently Brown was part of a Grammy winning team in the classical category for her part in the Langston Hughes-related project “Ask Your Mama,” also featuring (Jimmy Fallon’s house band) The Roots.

According to CSO Artistic Director David Bowden, “When I work with her, it’s like two old friends getting together. I’m not so interested in having ‘my’ approach be what we do. Rather, I’m interested in collaborating with her,” he said. “I love working with singers and enjoy the process that will manifest into the concert.”

Bowden and Brown have put together a program that shines the spotlight on her multifaceted talents. “She is a person of strong faith,” said Bowden. “At her core, it is as important as her music making, so we are doing spirituals as well as the more contemporary “My Tribute.”

The performance begins with the orchestra performing Wagner’s prelude to The Mastersingers of Nuremburg followed by selections from Verdi including the Triumphal March from Aïda. Brown will be performing “Pace, Pace Mio Dio” from The Force of Destiny by Verdi as well as Puccini’s “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca and “Un bel di vedremo” from Madame Butterfly as well as Gershwin’s “The Man I Love.”

Ticket-holders are invited to the free pre-concert presentation, Music Matters, at 6:45 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes conversation about the music of the evening.

Single tickets can be purchased by visiting CarmelSymphony.org or by calling the Center’s Box Office at 317.843.3800. Discounts for students are also available including the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger and the $10 CollegePASS for College students. For more information, visit CarmelSymphony.org.


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