Krzysztof Urbanski and the ISO

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May 20-21

Hilbert Circle Theatre

When last he played with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, he was just another young conductor. This weekend, when the spell-checker’s worst nightmare, Krzysztof Urbanski, takes the podium, he’s here as the ISO’s music director designate. As such, patrons will be paying close attention to get a taste of what they will be seeing and hearing for years to come.

The reality, though, is that the real work done by Urbanski won’t be seen by the public. How he works with the musicians, how he invigorates the ticket-buyer and the donor bases, and how he connects with the community will have as much to do with his success as will his in-performance conductor style.

Still, this should be an exciting weekend of shows, with Urbanski leading the ISO through Jean Sibelius’s only violin concerto with 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis gold medalist Barnabas Kelemen. Also on the bill: Mendelssohn’s “The Hebrides Overture” and his “Symphony No. 4.” Details here.

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