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January 9, 2017

Music of the Earth Festival

Last year, for its Music of the Cosmos Festival, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra looked outward. This time, it looks inward, at music inspired by the Earth itself. Included: Mahler’s “The Song of the Earth” with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony,” and Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.” Jan. 13-21 Hilbert Circle Theatre Details

Harlem Globetrotters

In the arts and in sports, there are few certainties. Here is one: The Harlem Globetrotters know how to show audiences a good time. I’d argue that, in addition to a good education and proper health care and nutrition, every young person should have the right to be in the crowd for at least one show by the clown princes of basketball—and their long-suffering opposing team. Jan. 14 Bankers Life Fieldhouse Details

“The Sound of Music”

Broadway in Indianapolis brings to down the latest tour of the Rodgers & Hammerstein chestnut. This time, the emphasis is on greater naturalism rather than recognizable stars in the lead roles. The praised-elsewhere production was directed by Broadway vet Jack O’Brian, best known for such hits as “Hairspray” and the currently running “The Front Page.” Here’s hoping audiences can resist singing along with the family tunes. Jan. 10-15 Murat Details

Also this week

The Rounder Records bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent plays Jan. 14 at the Schrott Center for the Arts.

Noa Baum tells tales of Jerusalem via Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana Historical Society Jan. 14.

Russian National Ballet Theatre performs at the Palladium Jan. 13-14.

Footlite Musical revives “Little Shop of Horrors” Jan. 13-29.

Members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offer a free performances of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” at Eskenazi Health Jan. 16.

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