IBJ A&E priority list for Feb. 21-27

February 20, 2013
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Looking to fill out your week's plans with arts and/or entertainment? Here's my short-list of events on my priority list:


Renee Fleming,

Feb. 24


Thomas Hampson

Feb. 22

Hilbert Circle Theatre

Did you know this opera great was born in Indiana? Unfortunately (for us), that’s Indiana, Pa. Nevertheless, I’m thrilled we’re going to get a visit from this world-class singer. She’s as comfortable with a show tune as she is with an operatic aria. Details here.  And speaking of opera greats, Thomas Hampson, an actual Indiana native (Elkhart), joins conductor Joana Carneiro and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Mahler and Schumann. Details here.


Joffrey Ballet

Feb. 28

Elliott Hall of Music, West Lafayette

I was knocked out by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s “After the Rain” when it was presented by dancers from the San Francisco Ballet at last year’s “Evening with the Stars” event. The fact that the piece is on the bill of this program is enough to get me in the car to head up Interstate 65 to West Lafayette. That it’s being performed by one of the leading ballet companies in the world makes it even more of a worthwhile trek. Also on the bill: “Age of Innocence” and “Le Sacre du Printemps.” Details here.


“Masters of Illusion Live”

Feb. 23

Clowes Hall

A rotating-performance cast keeps this prestidigitation showcase fresh—and the magicians expected to rotate in for this one-night-only show include Angela Acosta, Farrell Dillon, Michael Giles, Rick Thomas and Tom Burgoon. Details here.


Also this week

On Feb 23, I’ll be serving as auctioneer and host for Families First’s annual Stand Up for Families benefit at the downtown Sheraton featuring Tammy Pescatelli. Details here.

Eric Zuber performs with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Feb. 24 at the Indiana History Center as part of the American Pianists Association’s Classical Fellowship Awards competition. Details here

Feb. 21-March 9, NoExit Performance presents “Yellow Wallpaper,” adapted from an 1891 horror story and performed at Q Artistry, 5515 E. Washington St. Details here

Time for Three, violist Atar Arad and violinist Laurie Carney join violist Michael Strauss for Music @ Shaarey Tefilla Feb. 25. Details here.

Leslie Odom Jr., from TV’s “Smash,” performs at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club Feb. 22-23. Details here.

The Ensemble Music Society presents JACK Quartet at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Feb. 21. Details here

Butler University Theatre presents “Pigeons,” a new play by Dan Barden, through March 2. Details here.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art offers the still-creepy “Night of the Hunter” as the Feb. 22 entry in the Winter Nights Film Series. Details here

The a capella group Voca People performs Feb. 23 at the Palladium. Details here


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