Performing Arts

UPDATE: Symphony seeks maestro with local presence

July 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new maestro, and CEO Simon Crookall said he wants Mario Venzago's replacement to have more of a local presence.
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BREAKING: Venzago out as symphony maestro

July 30, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is looking for a new maestro. CEO Simon Crookall announced to the symphony staff this afternoon that Music Director Mario Venzago would not return for the 2009-10 season.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Abe Lincoln is back at Spencer County theater

July 20, 2009
Lou Harry
After I discovered it one summer, Lincoln Amphitheatre quickly became one of my favorite theaters in the state. Nestled in a state park in Spencer County, the covered-but-still-outdoor theater’s anchoring attraction was a show about young Abraham Lincoln, who spent his formative years just yards away.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Must-sea Phoenix drama

June 27, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, catching "Octopus" at the Phoenix and opening night on the Prairie.
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'Pirates' anchored by strong performances

March 23, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, pirates take over Indianapolis Opera, and a trio of plays isn't the half of it at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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Year in review: 10 reasons I loved my job in '08Restricted Content

December 29, 2008
Lou Harry
Traditionally, as the year winds down, critics' thoughts tend toward "best of the year" lists. But I'm feeling the need for a more accurate label.
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'Star' scales back on reviewing arts events, much to promoters' dismayRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Star, the state's largest daily newspaper, has scaled back its roster of critics in recent years — a reduction in coverage that put the onus on local arts promoters to get the word out through other channels, such as blogs.
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Lion King, Hansel & Gretel excel in music, staging and dancingRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, a return visit is made to review "The Lion King" and a Sendak-ed "Hansel and Gretel."
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Spark your holiday spirit with IRT's creative version of 'Carol'Restricted Content

November 24, 2008
Lou Harry
Despite its annual appearance for many years during the holidays, "A Christmas Carol" continues to be produced creatively by fine actors, directors and designers at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.
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Visit Museum of Art for 'China's Ming Dynasty Exhibit,' and the Phoenix Theatre for political one actsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Lou Harry
This week, low-key dynasty dynamics at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and a mismatched couple at the Phoenix Theatre.
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MusicCrossroads initiative aims to draw not-for-profit performing arts groups

May 19, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Indianapolis' success at living up to its self-proclaimed status as the amateur sports capital of the world is legendary. Now city and civic leaders are trying to build a similar hub of not-for-profit music organizations through a lower-key initiative dubbed MusicCrossroads.
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Low-key guitarist's 'workaholic' approach helps Margot gain fame

April 21, 2008
Louis Jones
Andy Fry has played in five bands in the past 10 years or so, serving in various capacities, including singer/songwriter. He and his seven bandmates of Indianapolis-based Margot and the Nuclear So and So's have just recorded their second album, "Animal!"
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Actor embraces ho-ho-holiday gigRestricted Content

December 24, 2007
Emily Groen
Ty Stover is not your average mall Santa. From his real beard to his jolly laugh and rosy pink cheeks, he is a living, breathing version of St. Nick.
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Cincinnati ballet troupe might open regional office hereRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
The Cincinnati Ballet is taking an exploratory step toward a regional ballet company, announcing plans to stage a six-show "Nutcracker" production here this December. The idea of a collaboration--where the two cities would share production and administration expenses--has elicited mixed response.
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