Performing Arts

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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LOU'S VIEWS: Phoenix continues to rise

October 6, 2012
Lou Harry
New experiences are still what's important to the 30-year-old theater.
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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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ISO asking for fewer concessions, sets Saturday deadline

October 2, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra executives have given musicians until 6 p.m. Saturday to decide on a contract offer that asks for significantly fewer concessions than previous proposals. But musicians say the offer is unacceptable due to an escape clause.
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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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Carmel theater group pleads for cash to stay afloat

September 19, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
While awaiting word on a possible $75,000 grant from the city of Carmel, Actors Theatre of Indiana made a plea for emergency donations Wednesday afternoon.
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Symphony cancels first two weeks of new season

September 8, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Saturday canceled the first two weeks of its new season, saying even a temporary extension of musicians’ just-expired contract would intensify the organization’s financial woes.
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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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NFP of NOTE: Storytelling Arts of Indiana

September 8, 2012
Storytelling Arts of Indiana promotes the art and use of storytelling in everyday life.
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ISO contract talks continue; union pitches 2-month extension

September 7, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra managers and musicians failed to meet a Friday deadline to agree on a new contract, but the symphony did not immediately follow through on threats to cancel the first two weeks of its new season.
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Zoo breaks ground on $21M orangutan exhibit

September 4, 2012
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis Zoo officials are hoping to finish strong on the organization's largest fundraising effort since the zoo moved to White River State Park in 1988.
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Symphony, musicians miss contract deadline

September 2, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's management and musicians failed to reach a new contract before their current deal expired Sunday night, and the parties aren't expected to meet again until mid-September.
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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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Ailing symphony proposes shift to part-time status

August 28, 2012
Dan Human, Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra season would shrink from 52 weeks to 36 under management's proposal to restore financial stability to the performing arts organization.
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Earth House cites unsustainable business model for closure

August 23, 2012
Dan Human
Leaders of a church-affiliated Indianapolis arts organization are citing an unsustainable business model as the reason why doors will close at the end of the month. Earth House Collective will host its final events on Aug. 31
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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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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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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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LOU'S VIEWS: Gregory Hancock's 'Hunchback' is back

July 7, 2012
Lou Harry
Plus thoughts on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
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