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A&E Roundup: 'Birdman' live, symphonic changes, 'Hamilton' author in Indy, more

June 16, 2016

Here's a quick catch-up on news from around the Indy A&E world.

—Butler Arts Center, the umbrella that now covers Clowes Hal, the Schrott Center, and other campus performing arts venues, has announced the Butler Arts Presents series for 2016/17. The lineup includes a pre-election visit from the satiric group Capitol Steps, Steven Page (founding member of the Barenaked Ladies) teaming with Art of Time Ensemble for a re-imagining of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album, opera star Deborah Voigt, bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent, and Antonio Sanchez performing his score from the movie "Birdman" while the flick is screened.

—David Bowden is stepping down as artistic director and conductor for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. A national search has begun to replace Bowden, who served for 17 years. His final concert will be Nov. 12 at the Palladium.

—The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir has announced its 80th season, which will include an October return to Carnegie Hall as well as performances of Mendelssohn's "Elijah," Brahms' "Requiem," and "Carmina Burana"/"Chichester Psalms." It also announced that past concert programs will be available through the Indianapolis Public Library's digitization project.

—The American Pianists Association and the University of Indianapolis announced a partnership through which APA's 2017 winner will become an artists-in-residence at the university for two academic years.

Theatre on the Square has announced its 2016/17 season, which includes the local premiere of "Rock of Ages" and a play whose title is likely to cause problems with email filters.

—Maddie Baillio, winner of the 2014 Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition, will be playing Tracy Turnblad in the live television presentation of "Hairspray" in December. The next competition, which attracts talent from around the country, will be in July at the Palladium.

—The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site will present Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow—who has had a serge of popularity thanks to his book "Alexander Hamilton" serving as the source document for the hit Broadway musical. Chernow will be speaking at the annual Mary Tucker Jasper, where he will accept the Advancing American Democracy Award. Tickets are $175-$500.

—Finally, if you are the sort of person who reads this blog as soon as it's posted—and you happen to be downtown—consider spending your lunch hour at Hilbert Circle Theatre where the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will be performing a free, 40-minute concert to honor the victims of the Orlando massacre at noon on June 16.  The program includes George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." Seats are first-come, first-served.

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