Performing Arts

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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Indianapolis symphony gives away old theater seats

June 24, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is taking out some 1,700 seats dating as far back as the 1930s as part of a renovation of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, with The Strand Theatre in downtown Shelbyville taking enough to redo its 377 seats.
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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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Butler set to unveil $15 million Schrott Center for ArtsRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Lou Harry
The new, 450-seat Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University fills a venue gap between the school's two theaters that each seat about 100 and the 2,200-seat Clowes Memorial Hall.
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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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Center for Performing Arts angles for more shows, donorsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Dan Human
Two years after opening, the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel is working on its first strategy, an effort aimed at maximizing attendance while providing financial stability.
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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 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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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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Indiana State Fair disaster victims getting more relief

December 20, 2012
Associated Press
The attorney general's office is sending out checks for a total of $6 million to 59 victims of 2011's deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse.
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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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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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Clowes to get $2M upgrade for 50th anniversary

October 30, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University will get a $2 million makeover that will involve replacing 2,200 seats and carpeting, Butler announced Tuesday.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Art + theater made for memorable road trip

October 27, 2012
Lou Harry
George Seurat’s painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884” provided the inspiration for the musical “Sunday in the Park with George.” For an Oct. 20 visit to both the painting and the musical, I was in the company of 35 participants in the first IBJ A&E Road Trip, an exercise in arts connectivity.
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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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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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