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Meet CSO Flute Principal Karen Sheely

An IRS CPA with a Heart for Beautiful Music

Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Flute Principal, Karen Sheely, has had a lifelong love for music. She started playing the flute at nine years old, and it’s always given her a great place to land and good friends along the way. There are not many afterschool activities that you can say that about. Music is something you can do forever.

Karen’s deep love for music led her to Butler University, where she would have loved to major solely in music and flute, but her wise father guided her to a business administration major, along with music. While at Butler, she was invited by a French Horn musician to come explore CSO.
Karen instantly fell in love. It was a different experience than any symphony she had been involved with previously. All the musicians were so nice and supportive of one another, and the audience was so engaged. Moreover, at CSO “Hoosier hospitality” really shined through, and she 100% felt at home.
Fast-forward to 2015, and even with a busy and full life as a Technical Advisor for IRS, Karen still savors her evenings with her fellow musicians playing beautiful music at Carmel’s The Palladium. “At each performance I love the interaction with the audience. You can just feel that they are pulling for us,” said Karen. “But I still am afraid when it’s quiet that they’ll hear my heartbeat from sheer excitement!”

Join Karen for a Family Fun Concert

As a champion for the arts and beautiful music, Karen would like to encourage area families to come explore CSO on January 31st at the Family Fun concert (link to page). Families will be able to delight in excerpts from some of the world’s greatest classics, sit on stage among the musicians and enjoy an instrument petting zoo! As Karen puts it, Artistic Director, David Bowden, has the heart of a teacher, and the extremely affordable event is wonderful experience for young and old alike.

Musician Fun Facts:
Orchestra Position: Principal Flute
Sponsored By: Michael C. & Kimberly W. Donahue
Lives In: Broad Ripple
Favorites: Comedy Shows

CSO Indiana University Health Holiday Concert with Guest Artists The Wright Brothers

December 12th Carmel Symphony Holiday Concerts

One of Indiana’s best-loved vocal groups will be the featured artists during two special performances of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in the “IU Health Holidays with The Wright Brothers.” The performances will be at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium on December 12.

This celebration includes holiday favorites from the CSO like Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday,” Humperdinck’s “Evening Prayer and Dream Pantomime” from Hansel & Gretel and a Chanukah medley as well as a holiday sing-along. The Wright Brothers will take the audience on a “trip to Christmas Island,” rock around the Christmas Tree with “Jingle Bell Rock,” and even treat the audience to an original song, “Christmas Love.”

According to Artistic Director and Conductor David Bowden, the holiday concert is a bit unusual in that they rarely work with performers who have their own repertoire but no orchestra charts. “We have called on composer Daniel Powers to write the orchestrations for The Wright Brothers’ holiday concert show. It’s really going to be special,” he said. In particular, Bowden says the acoustic guitar-only arrangement of “In The Bleak Midwinter” – a favorite of Tim Wright’s — is sure to be moving.

Perhaps most special is the bond the audience will surely notice between The Wright Brothers and the Carmel Symphony. “The boys love the orchestra … you can feel the love. It’s a real sense of family shared among us all,” said Bowden.

Flex & Family subscriptions are available via the CSO office at 317.844.9717. 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: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger, and the $10 CollegePASS for College students. For more information, visit CarmelSymphony.org.

The Scotts Return to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven and Brahms

The incomparable Scotts return to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra as the featured artists on Saturday, February 13 playing Beethoven’s famous “Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano.” The performance, “Beethoven, Brahms and the Scotts,” will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.

According to CSO Artistic Director David Bowden, performing with their guest artists the Scotts (Beverly and Robin Scott and Robin’s wife Ahrim Kim) creates a sense of family. “They have a very warm, personal way in which they communicate with the audience as well as the Orchestra,” said Bowden.

Featuring them in Beethoven’s “Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major” (often known as “Triple”) is a fitting way to shine the light on this talented trio of musicians. “The symphony was written so that people who knew each other and liked performing together could do so,” said Bowden. “And that’s certainly our relationship with the Scotts.”

The Scotts’ artistic history is deeply intertwined throughout Central Indiana and beyond. While Beverly Scott serves as the assistant principal violinist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, he is an exceedingly accomplished pianist, holding degrees in both Viola and Piano Performance from Indiana University. Son Robin serves as concertmaster of the New York Classical Players and plays often with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as guest principal second violin. Cellist Ahrim Kim is the principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The February performance begins with “España, Waltzes After Chabrier’s Rhapsody” by Emile Waldteufel. According to Bowden, the composer is best known for “The Skater’s Waltz.” “While often thought of as a ‘one-hit wonder,’ he was really a cool guy of his times,” said Bowden. “Much like the orchestras of the 1970s that added Beatles pieces to their ‘pops’ repertoires, Waldteufel took the popular Chabrier piece and created a waltz.”

Finishing the evening will be the orchestra performing Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor. While Brahms was touted as the next musical genius of his time in the 1850s, inner turmoil and uncertainty seemed to have jinxed his fate until 1876 when, after many years of work on it, this first symphony came together. A personal favorite of Bowden’s, the performance is sure to be both powerful and emotional.

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.

Flex & Family subscriptions are available via the CSO office at 317.844.9717. Single tickets can be purchased by visiting TheCenterPresents.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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