You-review-it Monday: Palladium, anyone?

January 24, 2011
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This weekend's activities including the free public opening of the Palladium, the first-ever Winter Magic Festival at Indy Fringe, and an appearance by Andrew Watts with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Coming back from a Disney business/pleasure trip (see video here), I only managed to get to part of the Palladium festivities--including Carmel Brass's world premiere of Scott Jurek's "The Palladium Suite" and a peek at the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Foundation headquarters (where I look forward to digging in for research in the near future).

Did you catch any of the above? Have any thoughts on the Palladium now that you've gotten a chance to look around and hear its acoustics?

Or did you have some comments on other A&E events you attended?

  • Palladium
    The Palladium is impressive, but who chose the color scheme? Light blue, pink, and white? It makes it seem more like an old-fashioned nursery for mixed-gender twins than a world class concert hall.
  • Purdue Varsity Glee Club echoes the new hall
    this energetic,tux-clad group of collegiate vocalists kept the seats filled during the afternoon of self-guided tours by curious patrons. A solo of "They Call the Wind Maria" was impressive - but the group splitting out from the stage at full gallop to station themselves up the left aisle really got the audience eating out the palm of their collective outstretched hands! PVGC members kneel beside appropriate (female) audience members as they sing love songs. Later some members surprised a woman in the lobby with their own overly-harmonized barbershop quartet version of "Happy Birthday" It got hoots and applause!
    The only groussing heard was during the elevator ride in the parking garage due to its confusing design and odd lack of stairs to all levels nearby. The hall enjoys lavish appointments in its railings, carpet & marble flooring, solid sound-proof doors and isolation. No doubt concert-goers will enjoy exquisite sound surrounded by magnificent materials and comfort.
  • Wow!
    The Palladium is impressive in every way --except for the color scheme in the concert hall. Too many pastels for my taste, and I found it distracting from an otherwise great space. I'm sure I'll get used to it over time, but cream, taupe, and an accent color (seen in some of the hallways) would have been less jarring. Also, I am not sure about the wooden flooring -- unless better audience management (no late seating, etc.) is put in place. However, these are nitpicks compares to the overwhelming beauty and acuostics of the Palladium. Kudos to Mayor Brainard and for Carmel for pulling this off.
  • Who Else?
    I'm sure it's the same guy that picked out the creepy statues for downtown Carmel.
  • Long Cold Walk
    I don't understand (unless there's a hidden tunnel) why this "world class" facility has no covered passageway from the parking garage to the Palladium. Bad enough when it's cold, but if I get all dressed up for a night of entertainment, I don't want to get rained on, on my way in.
  • Long Cold Walk #2
    It was hard to believe that there was not a tunnel, walkway or some type of enclosed path from the garage to the Palladium. With the slush dripping from shoes on the beautiful marble floors, I was looking for lawyers standing by looking for people slipping to hand out their business card. The facility is fantastic and the sound quality is first class. I hope to attend many shows in the coming months/years.
  • Enjoyed Sunday Afternoon Concerts
    This is a great venue and I really enjoyed the IU Jazz Ensemble from the front row and the Purdue Glee Club from the balcony. I was also able to get tickets to two upcoming events.

    I do hope that the Palladium will encourage and accommodate more concerts by upcoming talent from the Indiana schools, especially the the Jacobs school of music and Carmel High School.

    Imagine the motivation and thrill these performers would have sharing the world class stage that the Palladium offers along with an engaging Indiana audience. And how much more we could enjoy this great talent in addition to the professional performers.

    I enjoyed the great decor and ambiance, and even at my elderly age found the the walk from the parking lot to be quite refreshing along with the music.

    Lets appreciate and make the most of this great concert hall for both performers and audiences alike.
  • No Problem
    Ken - it shouldn't be a problem to "make the most of this great concert hall" as long as Carmel's taxpayers keep subsidizing the operating costs and therefore every patron's seat that is sold. Enjoy the show!
  • Here's a Concert Hall
    Check out the new Gehry designed concert hall in Miami Beach. It is incredible and is garnering world wide press. And it only used $40,000,000 in public money. The concept and design is truly visionary.
  • Gehry building
    Here's a link to an LA Times story about the Gehry hall in Miami.,0,1410772.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+latimes/entertainment/news/arts+(Los+Angeles+Times+-+The+Arts)
  • Awesome
    To have such a world class facility in Carmel is great for the city and the state. I might add that the "Palladium Suite" by Scott Jurek added a wonderful touch of Carmel life to the grand opening. I havenâ??t heard much of Scott's music but I am sure there will be more where that came from.
    Go enjoy the Palladium!!!!
  • Wonderful
    What an amazing facility! I particularly enjoyed hearing the premiere of Scott Jurek's "Palladium Suite" A day in the life of Carmel. How fitting to have this wonderful piece of music, written by a Carmel resident, played at the opening of this world class facility! Kudos to Carmel, the Carmel Brass and Scott Jurek!!
    Carmel should consider itself very fortunate to have a world-class composer like Scott Jurek Living in it's midst. I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Mr. Jurek for more than 30 years and I can tell you that his talent and skill level are at the highest level in the music world. Hopefully, this introduction of his work to the community at large will also extend itslef to other ensembles and subsequent performances at the Palladium. Scott is an amazing musical talent that not only deserves wider recognition, but should be one of the citizens of Carmel playing a signifacnt role in the proliferation of the arts...I wish we had him back in Chicago! Sincerely....Rich Daniels / Musical Director, The City Lights Orchestra.

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