Rousing tribute to Queen of Soul

is finale to CSO ’22-’23 season

CARMEL IN — A rousing salute to the immortal Queen of Soul is the finale to Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season, as the CSO under Artistic Director Janna Hymes presents Respect – A Tribute to Aretha Franklin on Saturday, May 6.

Four veteran Broadway voices – Tamika Lawrence, Shaleah Adkisson, Melvin Tunstall III and John Boswell – will join the orchestra in an inspiring, exuberant  performance of the songs made famous by the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the 7:30 pm concert start at just $25 and are available at the Palladium Fifth Third Bank Box Office, 317.843.3800 or online at The concert takes place at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Carter Green, Carmel. Concert sponsor is Gagne Wealth Management; media partner is 106.7 WTLC – Indy’s R&B Leader.

“It’s been an incredible season, a full season finally, and it’s flown by so quickly,” said Hymes, who is concluding her sixth season with the CSO. “I am so proud of this orchestra. We’ve really tested our musicians with the variety of music we’ve presented this year, and the complexity of some of the programs, and they’ve answered the call each and every time.

“It’s also been extremely gratifying to welcome our audiences back to the Palladium after how-many-years of COVID,” she continued. “Those of us on stage feed off the energy and enthusiasm that emanates from the audience, and we’ve experienced that support throughout the season.

“Our finale is going to be a really fun one for the musicians as well as the audience,” she stated. “First of all, who doesn’t love Aretha, and her music, and her incredible legacy? Then we have our guest vocalists who quite simply have done it all – appearances on Broadway, off Broadway, in national touring companies, overseas. We have a two-time GRAMMY® winner with Tamika Lawrence. John Boswell has served as a music director for some of the biggest names in entertainment. I could go on and on.

“Just breathtaking talent coming in to perform with us, and I promise you that we will be raising the roof of the Palladium on May 6 with this tribute to Aretha!” she said. “It’s a fantastic wrap-up to the season!”

Carmel Symphony Orchestra is a resident company of the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts located in Carmel’s City Center district. An abundance of free parking – in garages, lots and curbside – is available within easy walking distance of the Palladium. There also are numerous restaurants in the area for pre- or post-concert dining.

The 2022-23 Carmel Symphony Orchestra season is supported by the City of Carmel, the Center for the Performing Arts, the Palladium and Pedcor.

Information about the 2023-24 CSO season will be announced later this month.