Michael Jackson tribute part of ISO summer series

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announces line-up

April 9, 2010
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Are you ready for the summer?

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra  seems to be. Today it's announcing its Conner Prairie concert series.

We knew there would be a Marvin Hamlisch concert, since he promised one when he needed to cancel a Hilbert Circle Theatre appearance due to another Oscar nomination. That make-up show, featuring songs from the movies, will be offered June 25-26.

Backing up a weekend, the season will open June 19 with a program titled "Classical One-Hit Wonders," featuring music by composers known primarilly for one piece. These include Dukas' "The Sorcere's Apprentice" and an excerpt from Holst's "The Planets."

No surprise that July 2-4 will bring back the "1812 Overture," "Stars and Stripes Forever" and other patriotic tunes. 

On July 9-10, Jim Curry performs. You have no idea who Jim Curry is, and that's okay. You do, however, know John Denver and that's whose songs Curry will be covering in this tribute to the guy who thanked God he was a country boy.

On July 16 and 17, the original Mr. Sulu himself, George Takei, leads an evening of music from sci-fi films and television shows including, of course, "Star Trek."

July 23  and 24 brings singer songwriter Brandi Carlile to join the bang. For July 30-31, it's an evening of Russian music (including Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko and cellist Zuill Bailey. The ISO's ensemble-in-residence Time for Three plays Aug. 6-7.  

And in the wildcard event of the summer, the ISO performs  A Tribute to Michael Jackson Aug. 13-14.

Once again, the season winds down with performances that don't include the ISO. This year, it's an Aug. 20-21 weekend with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, an  August 27-28 Beatles tribute, a Sept. 2-3 Buddy Holly and friends concert, and the Sept. 4-5 return of River City Brass  Band.

So, which are your first and second choices for the summer? And what do you think of the whole season?

(Note: Single tickets don't go on sale until April 26.)
  • Tribute to MJ
    I would definitely be up for the MJ tribute.
  • Buddy Holly tribute

    Any idea who the Buddy Holly tribute artist is?
  • Buddy Holly tribute answer
    Jeff: John Mueller, who starred as Buddy Holly in the national tour of the Broadway musical "The Buddy Holly Story," will be joined by Ray Anthony as Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper's son, Jay Richardson.
    • Buddy Holly tribute

      That's great news! I brought those guys to the Pike Performing Arts Center and they are truly the best!
    • Gershwin?
      I know that some people got a little tired of Gershwin in the summer a few years ago, but since it has now been several years I've been waiting to see the return of a Gershwin on the Prarie... something special about "Summertime" on a warm Indiana evening outside. Maybe next year.
    • UGH
      Are we going to have to endure MJ tribute's forever???
    • I hope so!
      It will be dancing at the prairie for MJ! Count me in!

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