Music

REI Investments agrees to buy site of former GM stamping plant

August 4, 2014
Scott Olson
The local developer plans to purchase the entire 102-acre property, which has been earmarked for a 15,000-seat outdoor concert venue and the city's new criminal justice complex.
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Street performers to make debut in Indianapolis

July 24, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
A special project aims to foster the art of street performance in downtown Indianapolis. The project is being promoted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. and arts group IndyFringe.
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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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Indy's musical roots remain alive at Jazz Kitchen

May 30, 2014
Associated Press
For the past 20 years, the Jazz Kitchen has offered live jazz seven nights a week, serving as an incubator for local acts and touring musicians alike.
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Indiana State Fair announces Free Stage concerts

May 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair says its Free Stage during this summer's fair will include performances by several rising country performers and some well-known Grammy-nominated Canadian rockers.
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Longtime Indianapolis Opera director resigns

April 30, 2014
Lou Harry
Artistic Director James Caraher has tendered his resignation after 33 years with the Indianapolis Opera, the general manager of the struggling arts organization said Wednesday afternoon.
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Company fined $50K for Indiana State Fair collapse

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The company that owned the stage involved in the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair rigging collapse has agreed to pay a $50,000 fine for safety violations.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The Cabaret at 5

March 29, 2014
Lou Harry
I’m not usually big on anniversary stories, but the fact that the Cabaret's creative gamble paid off—and that its first half-decade has brought so much pleasure—warrants a birthday shout out.
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UPDATE: Opera confirms cancellation, 'challenges'

March 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Confirming an earlier IBJ report, Indianapolis Opera officials said they didn't want to risk the possible financial strain of a fourth and final production of the season.
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Indy Opera planning to cut final show, sources say

March 25, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Opera plans to cancel the fourth and final show of its season amid ongoing financial issues, multiple sources close to the organization said Tuesday morning.
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Jury acquits music venue manager in 2009 fire

February 1, 2014
Associated Press
A Brown County jury on Friday acquitted James Bowyer of Morgantown on all charges in his arson trial. He was accused of setting the fire that destroyed the Little Nashville Opry in September 2009.
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Fairgrounds Coliseum project ahead of schedule

January 27, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indiana State Fair officials are expecting to open the renovated Fairgrounds Coliseum in April, three months ahead of schedule.
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New concert venue proposed for GM plant site

January 25, 2014
Scott Olson
A concert venue rivaling the size of Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville has emerged as the favorite in a bid to redevelop the former General Motors metal-stamping plant on the western edge of downtown.
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Trial set to start over burned Brown County music hall

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
A trial is set to start this week for the former manager of a central Indiana concert hall on charges he set the fire that destroyed it more than four years ago.
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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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IndyFringe Festival breaks attendance record

August 26, 2013
Mason King
Wrapping up Sunday, the 11-day performing arts festival downtown sold a total of 17,286 tickets for the 64 productions mounted.
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IndyBaroque appoints new executive directorRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Maarten Bout is the new executive director for IndyBaroque, which oversees the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Voltaire.
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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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Indiana Arts Commission pledges $2.9M in grants for 2014

June 27, 2013
Lou Harry
Recipients in central Indiana will include the Indianapolis Children's Choir, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
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King, Mellencamp break rules with 'Ghost Brothers'

June 7, 2013
Associated Press
"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," which plays in Bloomington and Indianapolis in October, is a musical that's not quite like anything out there — as you might expect from two of America's most independent artists.
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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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IRT's Stolen to exit in swell of arts group departures

May 30, 2013
Lou Harry
Managing Director Steven Stolen will leave the repertory theater for a position with Rocketship Education. Other local performing arts executives stepping down are John Pickett of the Indianapolis Opera and Kirk Trevor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
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Critical questions follow reviewer's departure from Indy Star

May 17, 2013
Lou Harry
The state's largest newspaper is mum on whether reviews will continue after the Friday resignation of its fine arts critic. Arts organizations are taking a wait-and-see attitude.
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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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