Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

LOU'S VIEWS: Take a seat for 2010/2011

May 1, 2010
Lou Harry
It's not too early to think about next season at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and more.
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LOU'S VIEWS: A ballet blockbuster tops 2009's list of favorites

December 26, 2009
Lou Harry
Here are the 10 offerings that I most enthusiastically recommended to friends and readers in the past year.
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Symphony ousts maestro, reports historic budget gap

December 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra experienced a year of financial and leadership shocks, as it reported a $2.8 million budget shortfall and abruptly dismissed Music Director Mario Venzago.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Symphony's annual Yuletide show doesn't need Vegas dress-up

December 11, 2009
Lou Harry
When this year’s edition of “Yuletide Celebration” maintains its focus on the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, guest host Maureen McGovern and the tap-dancing Santas, it’s as comforting as the show has ever been.
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Symphony reports record shortfall of $2.8 million

November 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra CEO Simon Crookall said he's expecting a smaller but still significant gap of $1.3 million in the 2010 budget year.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Teaching the ISO new tricks

November 7, 2009
Lou Harry
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra combined magic and music with "Mysterioso."
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Ousted Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conductor Venzago finally speaks out

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Venzago said the abrupt dismissal has affected his ability to work this season, and that he received an outpouring of sympathy from Indianapolis and the classical music world.
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Symphony's CEO trying to steer through challenging timeRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Simon Crookall is trying to hire a maestro who will excite audiences at the same time he’s trying to pull the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra out of a financial tailspin.
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Symphony musicians, management take big pay cuts

October 7, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians will take a 12-percent pay cut this year, saving the cash-strapped organization $4 million. Management-side salary reductions should save another $2 million.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Of 'Glee' they sing

October 3, 2009
Lou Harry
Fox's musical high school comedy is generating buzz in the A&E world.
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Symphony musicians reject contract offer

September 12, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians and librarians unanimously rejected a new contract offer, suggesting they might not easily accept the same deep pay cuts seen at major orchestras around the country.
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Backstagers play big role in what you'll see in coming arts season

September 5, 2009
Whitney Smith
As part of this year's A&E Season Preview, we thought we'd introduce you to some of the people behind the people on our cultural front.
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ISO conductor should live here

September 5, 2009
I know that I will not be supporting the [Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra] in any way until they have a conductor that lives here and is paid a reasonable salary.
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Director of Carmel performing arts center says venue will be 'amazing'Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Steven Libman believes he’ll have no trouble raising money for a $3 million operating budget, and says he plans to pack the calendar with big-name acts.


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EDITORIAL: Next ISO conductor should live hereRestricted Content

August 24, 2009
Venzago was essentially an absentee conductor. He didn’t live here and never seemed fully engaged with the city.
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Plethora of candidates likely for symphony postRestricted Content

August 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's messy split with Mario Venzago is not expected to hamstring its search for a new music director.

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LOU'S VIEWS: Leguizamo tries out Indy

August 10, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, a film and theater star uses Indianapolis as a test market, Shakespeare holds a rain-soaked mob, and a somber ISO plows through a Beatles afternoon.
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ISO struck tentative Venzago deal before ouster

July 31, 2009
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Mario Venzago had reached an agreement in principle on a new contract before the deal recently unraveled, an official with the musicians' union said this morning.
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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: 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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IMA, $3 Bill, symphony and opera deliver drama, comedy, fine music

May 25, 2009
Lou Harry
This week, challenging work at the IMA, an impressive operatic collaboration, and laugh-out-loud silliness.
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Five pianists put their pedals to the medalRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Whitney Smith
This week, one of the Midwest's most unusual music contests swings into high gear with the start of the final round of the American Pianists Association's 2009 Classical Fellowship Awards.
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Orchestra lays off eight as donations, ticket sales dropRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will look to volunteers to help cover the work done by eight people who were laid off last week in a move to trim $600,000, or 2 percent, from the $29.5 million annual budget.
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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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