ISO announces 2012-13

March 11, 2012
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With a big hole to fill in upper level management and a new music director at the podium, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is in almost as much of a transitional year as the Indianapolis Colts.

So what's in store for 2012-13 from our musical pro team?

The just-announced lineup includes maestro Krzysztof Urbanski conducting ten programs including expected forays into the repertoire of Polish composers. The season also incloudes more familiar works ("Rhapsody in Blue," "Pictures at an Exhibition," "The Rite of Spring") as well as a world premiere concerto by William Bolcom. 

Pianists Emanuel Ax, Awadagin Pratt, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and others will take turns guesting at the keyboards. Former ISO music director John Newlson leads a concert. And classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic, violinist Daniel Hope, and cellist Sol Babetta all land ISO debuts. And opera great Thomas Hampson comes on board for a Mahler program.

And then there's Pops, with the musicals-in-concert format returning with the surprising-but-potentially-delightful choice of "Hairspray" (narrated by John Waters). Jane Monheit completes a triple crown of Indy venues, now adding Hilbert Circle Theatre to recent gigs at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club and the Palladium. "West Side Story" gets screened to ISO accompaniment. 

And, well, there's Kenny G. But we can't have everything.

There's much more, of course (but no announcement of the host for Yuletide Celebration yet).

For a full lineup, click here

  • next year
    thats a pretty good line-up. so much so that it begs the question of the necessity for a ceo & musical director.

    this year kenny g. next year colin stetson.
  • Ouch
    The classical season has some great works - can't wait to hear Urbanski conduct Rite of Spring. However, thinking back on the midweek stars who come in for one concert I remember Yo Yo Ma, Chris Botti and last year had a stunning concert with Lang Lang. Kenny G. Really.
    • What Happened?
      Come on, It's not that hard to figure out. Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti, and all other big names all play at The Palladium now. ISO should not try to compete with The Palladium, that is a losing battle. I would like to see the ISO do more shows at The Palladium like they did with Sandi Patty.
    • "Classical vocalists"
      Why is it that Indiana's answer to classical voice is Thomas Hampson? He has been breathing his way through song repertoire for years and hasn't made a legitimately decent sound in WELL over two decades and HE the being brought in for a MAHLER concert!!?? Do you want the vocal line heard? Will the orchestra be cut in half or playing half dynamics the entire concert? Get some real singers, people! The job of the arts is not just to entertain but to educate the community and ELEVATE the level of taste for the art form being presented. If you present this commercialized watered-down bull$#!+, that is what people will buy and like. (Except those discerning few who know better. We (YOU) are helping to build a nation of Josh Groban lovers. Quit it and get some great emerging singers if you cannot afford the established greats but stop bringing in has beens who sound like they have a belt around their neck.

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