First look: Palladium's first (half) season

October 16, 2010
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Before we take a look at the long-awaited (at least, by me) about-to-be-announced lineup for the first season at the Palladium, let's keep in mind that this is actually a half season, with concerts scheduled only from the end of January through mid-June.

On the Classics lineup, there's the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Miro Quartet, the Vienna Boys Choir, Camerata Ireland, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, and the Cleveland Orchestra with Emanuel Ax. If you're going to test accoustics, this seems to be a good lineup to do it with.

That doesn't include some anticipated appearances by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra--which you can, of course, see just about any weekend a year at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. For those who don't dare go south of 86th St., the ISO can also be heard at Conner Prairie which, admittedly, doesn't have the Palladium's yet-to-be tested-but-much-touted perfect sound.

The Palladium will be the home to Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook archives and, with Feinstein at the artistic helm, I was hoping for a far more exciting program of singers on the "Songbook" lineup. The most interesting choice is country singer Glen Campbell paired with songwriter Jimmy Webb, the master behind such songs as "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "MacArthur Park," and "Up, Up and Away." The rest of the "Songbook" series includes Marvin Hamlisch (recently seen at Conner Prairie--here's hoping he brings guest singers along), Debby Boone, and, of course, Michael Feinstein. But where are the legends we haven't seen here already (Barbara Cook anyone?) or strong new voices? Frankly, a far more interesting series can be found at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club.

On to Jazz, kicking off with a Jazz Meets Gospel program in February featuring Take 6 and Yolanda Adams. There's also a celebration of Miles Davis with Wallace Roney and Marcus Miller, a sax show headlined by David Sanborn and a very promising "3 Generations of Divas" show with Dianne Reeves, Nikki Yanofsky and Jane Monheit, who played the Cabaret at the Columbia Club just a few weeks back. With this show coming up in March, I can stop kicking myself for missing her.

Then there's Country, with Vince Gill, The Wright Brothers Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, and Clint Black each featured.

Finally, there's Dance, with Tango Buenos Aires in March and Savion Glover in April. Glover is perhaps the edgiest show on the schedule, since the tap genius has taken his art into more experimental directions even since his appearance at the Madam Walker Theatre a few years ago.

So after months of anticipation, that's the first round of offerings at the Palladium.

What do you think? Thrilled to see a favorite on the list? Anticipating expanding your cultural horizons? Disappointed not to see a blockbuster name (More than a few people expressed pie-in-the-sky hopes for someone like Bette Midler or an acoustic set from Bono)?

Your thoughts?  

  • Underwhelmed
    Seems like there was a lot of hype an I'm certainly underwhelmed by the mid-tier talent they've secured for their opening season. I'll remain optimistic that the second half will wow us, but I won't hold my breath- blue is not a great color on me.
  • Theatre offering
    What about theatre?
  • Classical lineup not mid-tier
    The classical lineup looks pretty interesting actually. The Cleveland Orchestra? ISO look out!
  • theater
    There was no expectation that there would be theater at the Palladium. It isn't really built for that. The two smaller theaters will be used by Actors Theatre of Indiana, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, and others. Plus there's talk about Feinstein developing some smaller scale shows there. But this isn't where to look for "Wicked" and others like it. Anything on the rest of the lineup interest you?
  • Can't wait!
    I can't wait to see every one of these shows. But right now, I have to go yell at those kids to get off my lawn.
  • Problem?
    Bringing in competition for the ISO is just uncool. They have enough trouble meeting their needs without something like this putting a dent into their bottom line. IMHO, of course.
  • world Class ?
    This is it the long awaited line up for the 1st half of the season ............what a bunch of mid level performers and we pay the artistic director how much ?? anyone could sign these acts ... wow " world class " sure has gone down hill . the Wright Brother hahahha and how old is Glen ... should make the over 70 crowd happy
    YESSSSSSSS! A dance show that shows how incredible tap dance truly is! Having now moved away, I may just have to fly back home for this one!! Love it!
  • Boring....
    No one here I'd pay a dime to see. Way over-hyped and over-priced venue on the backs of Carmel taxpayers - if not now, when it starts bleeding red ink like the Monon Center.
  • Ticket Price Range
    Nowhere have I seen what the price range for
    these concerts will you happen to
  • CDB
    Charlie Daniels Band in Carmel? I can't wait for the look on their faces when a few southsiders have a few too many tall ones and scratch up their overpriced concert hall! What a disappointing line up!
  • Underwhelmed & disappointed
    This is a mostly ho-hum lineup of mid-level talent that would have difficulty selling in any city. Of the higher caliber artists, they are unlikely to marshall much of an audience. Most disappointing is the new "regional arts center" bringing in another city's symphony! If this is the kind of sensitivity we will continue to see from Carmel, shame on them!

    I'm a Carmel resident and embarrassed with the whole performing arts center and its attempts to redefine regional for its own self-interests. I agree with Lou - a better songbook lineup has been presented by the Cabaret at the Columbia Club. And I - for one - will continue to support the symphony orchestra that has helped build a reputation for our region for much longer than Carmel cares to remember - the ISO!

    And for those hoping for a Bono/Sting/"insert artist" "unplugged" set - don't think for a moment that Live Nation would stand for a "one-off" concert in a small venue when they have many larger controlled venues to fill. Get used to underwhelming talent in a premium center...what you've seen at Clowes Hall for years!
  • OK lineup
    I would concur that half or more of these are yawners or worse, and I do find the choice of bringing the Cleveland Symphony here a little disconcerting...they are a truly world renowned symphony, not that ISO is not wonderful, they are, but this is another level. The pairing of Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb...the genius in that is bringing Webb along, to prop up Campbell's tired drug addled butt...Webb is a truly great songwriter who has many songs that surpass the ones you have mentioned, though they may not be as well known. He is a reclusive and infrequent performer, so that is a rare thing to get to see him live. Savion Glover is an inspired choice, though his great skill may be something that is not of interest to a wide audience. Hamlisch is knowledgeable and skilled, but not a great performer...Debby Boone, Feinstein are awful and pedestrian respectively. Kronos Quartet...nice idea. The Jazz stuff is not transcendent, but it is not bad either, Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Take 6, are all worth seeing, (although many people would say they are all on the pop side of jazz) though maybe not at the anticipated prices, the kind of stuff you used to see at the Indiana Roof. The country line up, excepting Vince Gill, who is not having hits anymore but is still at the top of his game (vocals and virtuosity intact), is pretty much the dance of the dead.
    They are the victim of their own hype, Carmel egos gone wild...if you are going to say world class, hit folks with more taxes, etc., then you can expect backlash when the lineup is mostly pop music, or not real imaginative...Hope it is a nice venue, and the sound is as promised, and it does not cost too much. Good luck to them launching something like that in this economy.
  • Palladium
    Perhaps they can install an indoor pond and have those pesky woodchucks chuckin' wood in the pond. Sounds like a great addition to their non-illustious line up.

    I won't be going to Carmel anytime soon. Say no thank you to the good mayor!
  • Carmel Lineup
    Since everyone is upset at the lineup, what would you rather see at the Palladium?
  • Palladium
    How about artists with Hoosier Connections on occasion. Also, Dianna Krall, Norah Jones, Manhattan Transfer, Buddy Guy, Huey Lewis & the News, Alison Krauss, Sawyer Brown, Celtic Woman, Lonie Line & Her Pop Chamber Orchestra, and SheDaisy for starters.
    • Visionary? Right!
      National search for leadership, two major 6-figure salaries, and this is the best they can come up with? Carmel and its mayor get what they deserve.
    • C'mon
      Realize that the PAC is a conservative, stuffy, sit in your seat and listen kind of venue. There aren't going to be any parties in there. It is made to listen to classical music, non-amplified. For Buddy Guy, head to the Murat's Egyptian Room or maybe the Vogue, but good grief, not in that ... palace.
    • Palladium pricing
      No word on single ticket prices yet, but subscriptions are

      Classics: $102-$474
      Songbook: $60-$310
      Jazz: $70-$330
      Country: $60-$270
      Dance: $30-$130
    • I'm still waiting...
      ...and listening.

      Tons o' ads and I perceive a small pause betwixt "The" and "Palladium".

      As though it's "The _ Palladium"

      I figured it's a reminder that no sponsor now owns that gap.

    • Cleveland Symphony
      I'm not sure why having the Cleveland Orchestra at the Palladium is any threat to the ISO.

      Yes, it's considered one of the top orchestras in the country. But having world-renowned jazz artists doesn't threaten Indy-based talent. And having touring theater coming to town doesn't threaten our professional theaters.

      I would hope that man yof the ISO musicians would be going to here the Clevelanders for love of the music.


      • Wow
        At those prices the taxpayers of Carmel will be subsidizing the PAC big time.
      • Cleveland
        I hear your point...funding symphonies is just a really difficult thing...all in all, maybe the competition aspect is overstated here. I live in Anderson...funding the small symphony here is an annual adventure, many of our players are in ISO as well. It is a competition for the Classical music dollar which continues to shrink in our society, but perhaps one appearance by a world renowned Orchestra per year is not really the back of Carmel's hand in ISO's face that people have been insinuating...maybe it really is an attempt to get some of the best artistry to the venue. If it is, then people who favor other genres have really been shortchanged.
        Point well taken Lou...the music must come first.
      • This is it?
        For months, I've been barraged by The Palladium's non stop commercials about their amazing sound and how this will be a theater for all. Debby Boone? Seriously? Is this what they can come up with? I'm not a Carmel resident and don't plan on going. Thanks, but I'll stick with my great ISO.
      • Better than expected but...
        After the initial annoucement of the Wright Bros. band, I was worried that the calibre of artists would be of the same vain -- and there are some artists on the program that I wouldn't care to see. Yet, there are some really good performers (CSO, for example) that I look forward to seeing--but not enought to buy a season ticket package. I hope that The Palladium offers a "sampler" package that let's us pick and choose from among the classical, jazz, etc. performances. None of the series alone are sparkling enough to warrant the outlay for a season subscription, unfortunately.
      • Manhattan Transfer
        You can see Manhattan Transfer with John Pizzarelli at Clowes in February.

      • The slippery slope
        The venue is regional in outlook, and not national in stature. The upcoming half-season is a true mixture of talent that is performed in regional venues all over America. The problem is that the first season my be their best because experience shows that these venues only go downhill from there.
      • ISO still coming to The Palladium?
        I heard recently that the ISO has un-scheduled their scheduled run-out shows up north. True/untrue? I'm not sure if Palladium is a union-labor venue or not. That may become an issue with artists?
      • ISO still coming to The Palladium?
        Hi Matt - yes, the ISO has scheduled two performances from our 2010-2011 season at The Palladium:

        Tickets will go on sale soon.

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