Melissa Etheridge, 10 nights of ISO highlight Symphony on the Prairie schedule

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Melissa Etheridge will perform Aug. 5 as part of the Symphony on the Prairie concert series at Conner Prairie. (Photo provided by Primary Wave Music)

The 40th anniversary season of Symphony on the Prairie includes two-time Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge and 10 performances by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Conner Prairie and the ISO announced Tuesday that the 2022 season of the popular outdoor concert series will launch June 24-25 with a two-night presentation of “Classical Favorites,” featuring selections from Revel’s “Bolero,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and Brahms’s “Hungarian Dances.”

Four presentations of “Star-Spangled Symphony” are scheduled July 1-4. Tickets for all Symphony on the Prairie dates go on sale April 12.

Following a 2021 Symphony on the Prairie season in which the ISO performed five times at Conner Prairie Symphony Bowl, the orchestra will perform on 10 nights of 2022’s 25-date schedule.

Etheridge, known for 1990s hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” will perform Aug. 5.

Other touring acts performing original material on the schedule are Three Dog Night, the Spinners and Here Come the Mummies.

Elsewhere on the schedule, tribute acts will celebrate the work of the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Elton John, Bob Seger, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Carole King, ABBA and Phil Collins.

Gates at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, will open at 6 p.m., and concerts begin at 8 p.m. each night.

A ticketing policy introduced in 2021 means attendees must purchase date-specific tickets for Symphony on the Prairie.

Symphony on the Prairie debuted as an eight-concert series in 1982. Because the pandemic wiped out 2020 performances, 2022 marks both the 40th anniversary and the 40th season of Symphony on the Prairie.

No COVID-19 restrictions or requirements apply to the concert lineup announced Tuesday.

Here is this year’s Symphony on the Prairie schedule:

June 24-25: “Classical Favorites” with the ISO, conducted by Jacob Joyce
July 1-4: “Star-Spangled Symphony” with the ISO, conducted by Afred Savia with special guest Doug LaBrecque
July 8: “Home Again: A Tribute to Carole King”
July 9: “Never Die Young: A Tribute to James Taylor”
July 15-16: “Broadway Under the Stars” with the ISO, conducted by Jack Everly
July 22-23: “John Williams Blockbusters” with the ISO, conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yanez
July 29: “Hollywood Nights: The Bob Seger Experience”
July 30: “Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA”
Aug. 5: Melissa Etheridge
Aug. 6: “Face 2 Face: A Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John”
Aug. 12: The Spinners
Aug. 13: Three Dog Night
Aug. 19: “One Night of Queen Performed by Gary Mullen & the Works”
Aug. 20: “The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute”
Aug. 26: “The Phil Collins Experience”
Aug. 27: “Master Blaster: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder”
Sept. 2: “Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute”
Sept. 3: “The Springsteen Experience: A Tribute to the Boss”
Sept. 4: Here Come the Mummies

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