Music

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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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 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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LOU'S VIEWS: Copy that

January 26, 2013
Lou Harry
By letting it be, The Fab Faux honors the music of the Beatles
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Indiana panel backs stage-rigging rules extension

January 15, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana House committee has endorsed a two-year extension of regulations on temporary outdoor stage rigging developed following the deadly State Fair stage collapse.
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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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Carmel performing arts center gets $1 million gift

November 15, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Michael Feinstein is giving the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel a $1 million donation for the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative.
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Music education group to remain in city through 2023

November 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based not-for-profit Music for All, which puts on the annual Bands of America competition, announced Thursday that it plans to keep its headquarters and events in Indianapolis through 2023.
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NFP OF NOTE: Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

October 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s mission is to advance and promote music composed for the small orchestra through professional concert performances and education programs.
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ISO musicians take big pay cut to end contract dispute

October 16, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Management and musicians at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra have reached a labor-contract agreement, effectively ending a month-long lockout, the musicians' union announced Tuesday morning.
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Percussive Arts Society names new executive director

October 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Percussive Arts Society has appointed Larry Jacobson as executive director of the society and its Rhythm! Discovery Center.
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Lawmakers seek stage-safety rules that small events can handle

September 27, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers pondering new rules governing the type of temporary outdoor stage rigging involved in the 2011 State Fair stage collapse say they want to make sure the state doesn't overwhelm smaller events like county fairs with regulations.
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ISO calls off more performances over labor battle

September 23, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced Sunday night that it has called off shows scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday due to its ongoing labor dispute with ISO musicians.
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Banker takes stage as choir conductorRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
BMO Harris executive vice president will lead Indianapolis Symphonic Choir season debut.
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Symphony, musicians resuming labor negotiations

September 5, 2012
The two sides are set to resume negotiations at about noon Wednesday in an attempt to reach an agreement on a new contract. The previous agreement expired Sunday.
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Indianapolis symphony's woes aren't just about moneyRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Dan Human
Even if the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s management and musicians overcome gaping differences and reach a contract agreement, industry experts say disconcerting questions will continue to hang over the organization.
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Union: ISO threatening to cancel shows if demands not met

August 31, 2012
Union representatives for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's musicians said Friday that management intends to call off the first two weeks of the season if the performers do not accept the current contract proposal by Sept. 7.
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ISO, musicians still far apart in negotiations

August 30, 2012
Dan Human
Union representatives for Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians are spilling more details about negotiations with ISO management, which is planning major structural changes to address the orchestra's ongoing financial issues.
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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra signs three-year deal with HironsRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Local agency will work with ISO on overall brand strategy, including print and digital marketing.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Music promoters grow gig schedule

August 15, 2012
Mason King
LQ MOKB Presents
                           Watch Video iconIn four years since begging indie acts to hit Indianapolis, MOKB Presents has become a ubiquitous name on the city's marquees. The concert-promoting duo expects to have a hand in 150 shows this year, a 50-percent increase from 2011.
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Performing arts groups rethink marketing subscriptionsRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Dan Human
The decline in season ticket sales has forced marketing managers to promote each show individually, which is trickier and more costly.
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Indianapolis Symphony launches CEO job search

July 26, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra wants a CEO with a medley of artistic vision and business finesse in order to reverse financial woes and reach out to new audiences, according to a job description posted online Wednesday.
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