Performing Arts

A&E SEASON PREVIEW: Lou Harry's critically selected highlights

August 24, 2013
Lou Harry
I’m happily overwhelmed by the number of events I anticipate attending and reviewing during the coming arts season. Take a look.
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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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Actor who played ghoulish TV host Sammy Terry dies

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Bob Carter's Sammy Terry character was a fixture of Indianapolis television from 1962 to 1989, beginning each episode of "Nightmare Theater" on WTTV-TV by climbing out of a coffin with a trademark fiendish chuckle, wearing a blood-red cape and skullcap, and green makeup on his face.
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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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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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