Scoop: What's up at the Palladium in 11/12?

May 8, 2011
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There's a lot to choose from in the Center for the Performing Arts' just-announced 2011/12 lineup.

Joshua Bell, who played the Palladium May 5 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, will be back next April with the Academy of St. Martin in the Field.

Chris Botti, who performed briefly at the opening celebration, will return for a full concert in February.

The still-in-the-works Tarkington Theatre at the CPA will host most of the dance series, including performances by Ballet Memphis, Parsons Dance, and Complexions as well as jazz headliners Spyro Gyra and Kevin Eubanks.

The message seems to have been recieved that country is big in Carmel. Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Dwight Yokum and more are on the horizon. And if country works, how about bluegrass? The Palladium will feature concerts with Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs and others.

This will be the first holiday season at the Center, so in addition to the theatrical offerings in the Tarkington and the Studio Theatre, the center will offer Christmas shows from Brenda Lee, Boston Brass, and more.

Pop concerts won't be available as a series, because I'm guessing there's not a big overlap between the audiences for Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Bacon Brothers, Babyface, Chris Isaak, and Bruce Hornsby.

A Next Wave series launches in the Studio Theatre, featuring Abigail Washburn, Joanna Smith, Chely Wright, and others.

Oh, and the Chinese Acrobats, The Chieftains, Yo-Yo Ma, Christine Ebersole, Soweto Gospel, and Bill Cosby will also share their talents.

Looks like a lot to enjoy. My only caveat: I wish most of the Songbook Series didn't pair its performers with Michael Feinstein. Nothing against Feinstein. He's a strong showman and terrific storyteller. But wouldn't his talents be better served in bringing attention to lesser-known acts rather than have him share the spotlight with Sandi Patty, Bernadetter Peters, and Marvin Hamlisch, each of whom will be paired with him in upcoming concerts?.(To see Bernadette Peters solo, you can catch her this season in concert in Fort Wayne and at IU Bloomington).

Your thoughts?

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  • Too late to save Carmel money
    So country is big in Carmel? No kidding. You could have built a nice multi-use facility and saved taxpayers millions but instead the Brainless administration insisted on an overpriced and over budget out of place facility. "Fine arts are not going to just magically grow out of the cornfields in Carmel. Such a shame the taxpayers are going to pick up the bill for the mayors bad strategy. But then again they just re-elected him so they get what they deserve.
    • How much?
      Certainly this extensive schedule will cut into revenues of existing Indianapolis venues and arts organizations, such as the ISO. Is this really a gain for the city or will the Palladium have a net negative effect on Indianapolis' arts as a whole. Time will tell.
    • Really?
      This is not a political blog, but your inane & inaccurate comments need to be confronted with the truth from an actual Carmel taxpayer. I am a series subscriber to the Palladium and have attended several concerts that I would never have attended if they weren't in my well manicured back yard - so to speak. The Palladium is an anchor to Carmel's new downtown and will remain so for 100+ years. So while your tax dollars go for under performing schools, scandal ridden police departments, and crumbling out of date infastructure (Why Melina Kennedy wants the Job of Mayor is beyond me - but God Bless her), min goes to create a beautiful place to live, work, and enjoy. Mayor Brainard is re elected because those of us that can live in Carmel support his vision and drive.

      Please keep your petty jealous rants to yourself. I'll be at the Michael Feinstein concert this Wednesday at The Palladium if you care to meet and discuss your concerns. That is if you can make it over all the pot holes and shootings to cross the border into the low crime rate, low tax rate, well maintained and beautifully designed city of Carmel!
      • Terrific season
        I can't wait - this is truly a wonderful lineup of music. Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti - and I am a trumpet player! Fine orchestras and great string soloists (Yo Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and Hillary Hahn for goodness sake) and chamber music. Congratulations to all involved for creating a great season.
      • Cornfields
        It has been quite a while since there were cornfields in Carmel - I do remember them but then again, I am really old. The Palladium (and the rest of the PAC) is a wonderful facility that will serve the citizens of Carmel into the 22nd century and beyond. This is vision and planning. The arts did not "magically grow." The Carmel Symphony has been in place for 35 years, and David Bowden has built an ensemble in which we can be very proud. The rest of the resident groups will make major impacts as well, and the list of concerts for next year is just dazzling. I am more than pleased that this is the way my tax dollars will be spent!
      • SillyRant
        Todd, please feel free to stay in your "well manicured back yard" as long as possible. However, I seriously doubt that you can. Your southern neighbor, with its jobs, manufacturing, professional sports venues, airport, universities, and museums, is the reason Carmel can exist in its pristine environment. Personally, I will take the diversity of Indianapolis and all of its complicating factors over your manufactured community. Is Indianapolis messy? Inherently. As is Atlanta, Houston, New York, and Chicago. Ned made a semi-valid point and you retaliated with snobbery. Enjoy your evening at the Paladium. We do not need you on Monument Circle.
      • BLAH
        Lighten up Poker Face! A little humor aimed at you Carmel haters! If I have a choice between my tax dollars going towards subsidizing billionaires like Irsay & Simon and their respective money pits (Conseco Fieldhouse & Lucas oil Stadium) and The Center for The Performing Arts in Carmel....I'll choose the later.
      • Wow
        Mr. Libman, the head honcho of the Carmel PAC says that the upcoming schedule has a budget of $13 million and will need $7.28 million in donations beyond its projected revenues. I would suppose that the $2 million the Carmel taxpayers have already handed over is included in the revenue. (This is what was reported from last evening's Carmel City Council meeting. You might want to check this information out and see if it is accurate, but this is supposedly from Mr. Libman himself)

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