Liza, more with ISO in 2010/11 season

Music Director search continues with four first-timers

March 5, 2010
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The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced its 2010/2011 season today and the lineup includes some famliar pop names as well as a long list of conductors, returning and new. The latter, of course, is of significance to anyone wondering who will eventually take the now-vacant position of ISO Music Director.

Those leading the ISO for the first time will be:

--Juraj Valcuha, Chief Conductor of the Orchestra Sinfornica Nazionale della RAI, Torino.

--Joanna Carneiro, Musical Director of the Berkeley Symphony.

--Pablo Heras-Casado, a 31-year-old conductor already with a world premiere recordings under his baton.

--,Christoph Eberle, former Principal Conductor for the Vienaa Chamber Orchestra.

Many of you, of course, will have skimmed past all that to get to the big names who will be performing with the ISO this season. The visitors include:

--Violinists Midori, Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman

--Pianist Andre Watts

--ISO debuts from pianists Jeremy Denk and Antti Siirala, and cellist Zuill Bailey.


On the Pops front, there's:


--Vocalists Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway

--Vocalist/Dancer/Comic Wayne Brady (of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" fame)

--Opera star Sylvia McNair and pop harmonists The Four Freshman (together)

--Jazz ensemble Pink Martini.

--Mime Dan Kamin

--Dennis De Young, from Styx (and also the composer of the tunes for the musical "101 Dalmations," coming to town Tuesday as part of the Broadway in Indianapolis season)

And Sandi Patty returns as host for the annual "Yuletide Celebration."

And then there's Liza.

Yes, Liza Minnelli will be making her ISO debut.

Looking for Symphony on the Priaire information? The summer season will be announced in April.

Your thoughts?



  • Liza
    Hi Lou,
    amazingly enough, I actually performed with Liza in a piece that Martha Graham choreographed for her called "The Owl and the Pussycat." We did it at the Met in 1980 and Liza was fantastic! I admire anyone who is able to sustain a career over decades!
  • Liza
    Liza is one of the most exciting performers to see on-stage. In her prime, there was no one better. I've seen her in person three or four was at the Indiana State Fair in the 70's! She was awesome. Judy Garland would be proud.
  • 3 gushes
    Okay, I haven't gushed here on Lou's blog for at least a week, so I hope you'll indulge me while I gush about the following:

    1. I received the same press releases from the ISO this morning (thank you, ISO, for including this hobby blogger in your media distribution list!) and I just thought, "Hmm. Interesting!"

    But now, after reading Lou's commentary on those press releases, I'm intrigued in a better-educated way, and looking forward to the ISO's season even more.

    AND thinking that choosing a new Music Director is a little like a church choosing a new rector: lots of unofficial "auditions" in front of the whole congregation over the course of a year. Hah!

    Anyway, Lou, I love what you do with press releases.

    2. I also love what you (Lou) wrote about Ben Vereen. Someone tweeted me a link to the article. I don't find it under the "A&E" tab here on the IBJ website, but I am able to find it when I type "Ben Vereen" into the IBJ search box.

    I am looking forward to hearing Ben Vereen speak and perform at Carmel High School this Sunday evening as a fundraiser for the Carmel Community Players.

    3. Nothing to do with Lou, but I _LOVED_ the preview performance of Dance Kaleidoscope's "Love Is" program last night at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. I would wait and rave about it on "You Review It Monday" like I'm supposed to, but it only runs through Sunday and it is a rare treat. Here it is lunchtime the next day and I still feel uplifted.

    The program includes four pieces - a world premiere, an Indiana premiere, a complete surprise (to me, anyway), and another piece that was new to me but which I had heard other DK fans rave about it in the past.

    Taken together, the four pieces really do cover almost the whole gamut (sp?) of what "Love Is." I was delighted by the amount of humor and storytelling (as opposed to abstract emotion) there was in the program, in addition to "the usual" physical strength, beauty, and grace.

    Hope Baugh
    Indy Theatre Habit

    P. S. - I am looking forward to seeing/hearing Liza, too!
    • getting the A&E e-blast
      David: I'd love to hear more details.

      Hope: The Ben Vereen preview was part of my weekly A&E e-mail blast, which contains critically selected previews of the week's arts events (plus ticket giveaway info). You--or anyone else, of course--can sign up here:
      Just make sure to click that you want the IBJ Daily plus A&E
      Thanks for reading--and for the kind words. It looks like a strong season and varied season with the ISO.
    • lucky you
      How lucky can you get!

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