Music

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra lays off 6 employees

July 11, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has laid off six employees as part of ongoing restructuring at an organization that has been dealing with seven-figure budget deficits in recent years.
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Indianapolis Opera stays afloat as peer companies call it quits

June 23, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Next season will start later and feature a money-saving collaboration with Indiana University.
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Settlement talks heat up between Athenaeum, Rathskeller

June 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The Athenaeum Foundation is considering an offer from the operator of the Rathskeller to pay a portion of the cover charges he collects for concerts at the Biergarten. A lawsuit filed by the foundation seeks $1.4 million in previously collected cover charges.
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Live Nation drops beer prices at outdoor concert venuesRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
The $2.75 drop is meant to enhance the concert experience at Klipsch Music Center and The Lawn at White River State Park.
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Charity watchdog flags symphony's fiscal troublesRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
ISO says Charity Navigator failed to account for endowment money that should have kept it off "deep trouble" list.
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Butler University arts dean aims to link campus, cityRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Ronald Caltabiano says the Butler arts festival would feature talent from the university, affiliated organizations like Dance Kaleidoscope and Indianapolis Opera, and “extraordinary” guest artists.
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Financial Planning Association sponsors orchestraRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Group support of ISO pulls in first-time donors.
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Indiana fairs, festivals await stage rigging rules

April 26, 2012
Associated Press
Organizers of some of Indiana's county fairs and small festivals are anxiously awaiting new rules governing the type of rigging involved in last summer's deadly State Fair stage collapse.
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Daniels: Indiana moving to adopt outdoor stage rules

April 23, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels told an entertainment industry group pushing for safer outdoor events Monday that Indiana has learned from last year's deadly State Fair stage collapse and is moving to approve emergency rules for outdoor stages.
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State fair rolls out concert lineup, strategy

April 23, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana State Fair hopes to preserve attendance that’s traditionally tied to big-name concerts even though the events will take place downtown this year.
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Carmel arts center makes room for more sponsors

April 20, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel expects the 2012-13 concert season, announced this week, to bring a healthy bump in sponsor revenue.
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Radio host buys site of burned Brown County music hall

April 18, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana business owner and radio show host plans on rebuilding a southern Indiana concert hall that hosted some of country music's top acts before it burned down in 2009.
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Tour manager may be key to stage collapse lawsuits

April 16, 2012
Associated Press
The tour manager who was widely credited with saving the lives of country duo Sugarland before a deadly stage collapse at last summer's Indiana State Fair has become a central focus of lawyers seeking millions in damages for the families of seven people who died and dozens who were injured.
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Deal puts Farm Bureau's name on downtown concert venue

March 27, 2012
Farm Bureau Insurance is putting its name on outdoor concert venue The Lawn at White River State Park under a sponsorship agreement with event promoter Live Nation Entertainment, the companies announced Tuesday.
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Sugarland wants to delay stage testimony until May

March 21, 2012
Associated Press
The country duo Sugarland want to wait until May to give depositions in lawsuits over a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair because they're preparing to tour, their attorney argued in court motions filed Wednesday.
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Little Nashville Opry manager charged with arson

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
The manager of a concert hall that hosted some of country music's top acts was arrested on an arson charge Tuesday in connection with the September 2009 blaze that destroyed the hall, authorities said.
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Rare Wes Montgomery recordings up for auction

February 24, 2012
Scott Olson
Bidding on the jazz guitarist's 1950s recordings, packaged as a limited-edition vinyl album, will be accepted on eBay until Friday evening. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.
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Symphony challenges complicate CEO searchRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra trustees are seeking a new leader who can help reverse three consecutive years of seven-figure budget deficits, raise $100 million to replenish its endowment and motivate staff working for reduced pay.
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Company: Sugarland resisted delaying state fair concert

February 8, 2012
Associated Press
Sugarland resisted delaying the start of a concert at the state fair despite threatening weather that caused a deadly stage collapse, the fair's top official testified against the company that built the stage rigging.
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Crookall departure comes amid symphony restructuring

February 3, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The reason behind the sudden departure of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra CEO Simon Crookall remains a mystery, but it came during a management shakeup and the loss of two vice presidents.
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Simon Crookall departing as symphony CEO

February 2, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Information about Crookall's plans wasn't immediately available. The symphony's board of directors appointed Jackie Groth, vice president of finance and strategic planning, as interim president and CEO.
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Indianapolis Children's Choir lands big Super Bowl gig

February 2, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Forty-five members of Indianapolis Children's Choir will sing the national anthem along with recording artist Kelly Clarkson at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday.
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Indiana fair concerts going to expanded coliseum

January 12, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair Commission decided Thursday to permanently move its outdoor grandstand concerts indoors and authorized spending $3.8 million to help prepare their new home: The Pepsi Coliseum located nearby on the north side Indianapolis fairgrounds.
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Feinstein sees growing interest in vocal competitionRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Great American Songbook Vocal Academy and Competition will be open to students outside the Midwest this year.
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Carmel's Center for Performing Arts trims staff

December 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel eliminated five positions this week as interim CEO Frank Basile tries to rein in costs at the financially challenged organization that oversees the Palladium.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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