Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

ISO sees surge in ticket sales, led by subscriptions

June 25, 2014
Lou Harry
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra enjoyed a nearly 19-percent surge in ticket sales during the 2013-14 indoor concert season, which ended this month, the ISO said Tuesday.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Glick glass exhibition at IMA shimmers with variety

May 17, 2014
Lou Harry
When Dale Chihuly’s work is among the least interesting pieces on display, you know you’ve got a strong glass art show. Such is the case with Indianapolis Museum of Art’s “Masters of Contemporary Glass: Highlights from the Marilyn and Eugene Glick Collection.”
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Other 2013 news of note: From Pacers to panhandling

December 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff
A look at some of the runner-up top Indianapolis business stories from 2013.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Holiday Xtremes via ISO and NoExit

December 14, 2013
Lou Harry
Holiday offerings range from the pious to the perverse. A review, of sorts, of "Yuletide Celebration" with Sandi Patty and a twisted "Nutcracker"
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Symphony reports first budget surplus in 6 years

December 9, 2013
Dan Human
A big boost in donations and hefty cutbacks pushed the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s annual budget into the black for the first time since 2007.
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Urbanski extends contract with ISO

September 19, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The 30-year-old music director will remain on the podium at least through the 2017-2018 season, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra officials said Thursday.
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ISO fills chair for general manager

July 12, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Daniel Beckley, former executive director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, will take responsibility for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Hilbert Circle Theatre.
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Symphony conductor Urbanski, wife settle in at CityWay

June 22, 2013
Sam Stall
The Indianapolis abode of Polish-born conductor Krzysztof Urbanski and his wife, Joanna, is nice but a bit on the small side—a 1,376-square-foot apartment inside downtown’s new CityWay development.
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Dramatic rehiring as IRT fills Stolen spot

May 31, 2013
Lou Harry
Suzanne Sweeney has decided to stay at the Indiana Repertory Theatre as managing director, a few days before she was supposed to start a new job at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
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Former symphony chief lands in sunnier position

April 11, 2013
Simon Crookall, who ended an often-stormy, seven-year run at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2012, has been hired to take over the Hawaii Opera Theatre in May.
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City's pianist competition makes key changes

April 9, 2013
Lou Harry
This year's event includes more promotion, more prize money—and an art installation of pianos on Monument Circle.
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Q&A: New symphony CEO preaches access, innovation

March 21, 2013
Lou Harry, Dan Human
Gary Ginstling is taking over an organization trying to address four years of deficits and a shrinking endowment. Days into his new post, the CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra talks with IBJ about priorities, fundraising and keeping musicians engaged.
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Interim CEO leaving Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

March 4, 2013
Dan Human
The interim president and CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra plans to leave the organization when her permanent replacement takes over later this month.
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New CEO ready to tackle symphony's challenges

February 14, 2013
Dan Human
Gary Ginstling acknowledges the heap of work that awaits him when he begins as CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on March 18.
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Cleveland Orchestra GM named CEO of Indianapolis Symphony

February 13, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday that it has named Gary Ginstling as its new CEO. He replaces Simon Crookall, who resigned suddenly in February 2012.
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Symphony taps new partner to draw attendeesRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Dan Human
The ISO hopes that occasionally featuring classically trained artists who stray from traditional symphony conventions will tap new audiences and fill empty seats.
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Key symphony fundraising campaign far exceeded goal

February 7, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra said Thursday that it far surpassed its $5 million goal for a fundraising campaign that helped lock in a long-term contract for the ISO's musicians. The campaign raised a total of $8.5 million.
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Symphony reaches $5M fundraising goal

February 3, 2013
Dan Human
Performers had been working under a bridge agreement since a five-week lockout ended in October. At the time, the parties agreed that a new, five-year contract would go into effect only if the symphony raised $5 million by Feb. 3.
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Symphony within $1 million of key fundraising goal

January 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians are hoping they'll be able to move forward with a new five-year labor contract even though the ISO is still about $900,000 short of reaching an important $5 million fundraising target only a week before the deadline.
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ISO far from $5M goal as deadline nearsRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has raised barely half the $5 million the organization says it needs by Feb. 3 to live up to the terms of a contract it negotiated with musicians last fall.
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Lilly Endowment pledges $2M if ISO can hit $5M goal

December 20, 2012
Dan Human
Lilly Endowment has pledged $2 million to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on condition the performing arts group reaches an important $5 million fundraising goal by Feb. 3.
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Indy team owners pledge $750,000 each to orchestra

December 19, 2012
Associated Press
The donations from Jim Irsay and Herb Simon, combined with a $500,000 challenge grant from symphony board member Yvonne Shaheen, bring the orchestra nearly halfway toward its goal of raising $5 million by Feb. 3.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Three long-running holiday shows offer degrees of variation

December 8, 2012
Lou Harry
Tradition, by definition, involves familiarity. And three of the top Indy on-stage holiday offerings embrace tradition in their own way.
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ISO reports smaller deficit after more support from foundation

December 3, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Society on Monday said its expenses exceeded revenue by $900,000  in the 2011-2012 fiscal year despite $11.4 million in funding from its endowment.
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ISO must raise $5M in less than four months, according to dealRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has until Feb. 3, 2013, to collect $5 million—almost as much as it typically raises in a full year--or its five-year agreement with its musicians that’s set to kick in the following day will be nullified.
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