ISO Scoop: Partridge and Brady

March 30, 2009
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While the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's '09/'10 Pops Series won't be formally announced until April 10, maestro Jack Everly enthusiastically told sold-out crowds at the Hilbert Circle Theatre this weekend that the upcoming progam will include three world premiere programs:

--Mama Brady and Mama Partridge--Florence Hendeson and Shirley Jones--will be featured together. Beyond their TV Land credits, both have a history of singing tunes from the Great American Songbook. Trivia note: Henderson starred on Broadway as Laurey in "Oklahoma!" in 1953. Jones played the same role in the film version.

 --Michael Cavanaugh, who provided the Billy Joel-tune vocals for Broadway's "Movin' Out," will be back with a program titled "Generations of Rock."

--Maureen McGovern will offer Indy audiences a first listen to an orchestra version of her "Long and Winding Road" collection of classic rock covers.

Also, Marvin Hamlisch will be returning to conduct and perform with the ISO.

More info to come.

Your thoughts?
  • Hah! I would love to see (and hear) the two iconic mothers together in one show!

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit
  • Rather than see the ISO, perhaps go see a real orchestra - just a short drive away:

    The Cleveland Orchestra has announced plans for its 2009-2010 season, which will include a six-city international tour, a new residency at Indiana University and the launch of an initiative designed to deepen the orchestra’s connection with the Cleveland community.

    On Sept. 22 and 23, the orchestra and music director Franz Welser-Möst will kick off the Community Music Initiative with educational concerts in Cleveland high schools — one on the West Side and one on the East Side. Mr. Welser-Möst on Sept. 26 will lead a one-night-only performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in a special Severance Hall concert benefit for the initiative. The next night, Sept. 27, Mr. Welser-Möst will conduct a Cleveland Orchestra Family Concert for the first time.

    In October and November, the orchestra will venture outside the country with performances in Toronto, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Paris, and Linz and Vienna, Austria. In May 2010, the orchestra will return to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.

    The orchestra in the 2009-2010 season also will launch a “multi-year residency” at Indiana University in Bloomington, one of the country’s most highly regarded music schools. The orchestra did not disclose the length of the residency, which will include performances at the university as well as master classes, coaching, arts administration seminars, and other community and educational activities.
  • Dwirth,
    You give no basis for your attack on the ISO. Why is it not, in your words, a real orchestra?
  • I don't know the definition of real orchestra - but I have to say that ISO has been consistently one of the few orchestras in the country to run in the black - that is to MAKE money - not bad if they're fake! Someone likes them!

    I'm always consistently pleased when I attend ISO performances, some excellent programming, and clean playing. A variety of conductors, styles, etc. I can pass on driving to Cleveland, thanks.
  • Dwirth,

    I'm wondering the same thing. The ISO is one of the few full time orchestras in the US. They have a budget of around $26 million. They employ close to 90 musicians. I could go on with more facts and figures if you like....

    Perhaps you should consider taking back your statement about the ISO not being a 'real' orchestra.
  • Dwirth must be on the Cleveland Orchestra's payroll! I've seen several of the best orchestras in the country perform and I can say that, for an orchestra in a city the size of Indianapolis, our ISO is excellent. The ISO is staffed with wonderful, well trained musucians and music director Mario Venzago has brought a new range and variety to the programs.

    Any why would anyone in Indianapolis want to make that long, short drive to Cleveland?
  • I don't know what Dwirth's rationale is, but ISO is performing with Shirley Jones and Florence Henderson. Maybe that's too pedestrian for him.
  • To be clear: the concerts listed are for the Pops series, not the classical series. The classical concerts have yet to be announced.

    In the interest of comparing apples to apples, Cleveland Pops concerts this year include the Cirque de la Symphonie, a Beatles tribune quartet, and something called Three Redneck Tenors.

  • haha - Three Redneck Tenors? I never want to go to Cleveland. I've been there before and it's a dismal looking city. It's also a 5 hour drive. If I'm going to drive 5 hours I'll go in another direction. I'll take our ISO and city any day of the week!
  • I'll jump on dwirth, also. real orchestra? I have been attending concerts at the ISO since 1991. I have never, let me repeat, never felt it was not a real orchestra. Just the opposite. It has given me years of pleasure attending it (in a great venue - Circle Theater). I can honestly say that I never enjoyed the Chicago Symphony prior to 1991 as much as I have enjoyed the ISO since 1991.

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