"We want to present to you what you want," said Jeff McDermott, interim CEO for the Center of the Performing Arts, when announcing the 2017-18 schedule Monday evening to a crowd of subscribers and potential subscribers.
That translates into lots of familiar faces (and voices). Most of the acts have played either the Palladium or other venues in Central Indiana.
Trumpeter Chris Botti is back, as are Dave Koz and Jim Brickman, the latter two with Christmas shows. Celtic Thunder returns for a holiday show as well. The Manhattan Transfer returns, this time teaming up with Take 6 (you might remember the group from the Indy Jazz Fest) for a joint concert in February. And Pinchas Zuckerman revisits, once again leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
If you missed The Midtown Men or Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox at Clowes Hall in past seasons--or became a fan after seeing them there--you can now revisit their pleasures at the Palladium. Pink Martini, which has performed with the ISO, also gets a spot on the schedule. And the theatrical classical group Red Priest, which has performed here as part of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, now gets a bigger stage. Betty Buckley has played both the Cabaret and the Pike Performing Arts Center. Here, she'll team with Michael Feinstein for his one (so far) scheduled appearance.
Looking for something new? Acclaimed vocalist Gregory Porter, winner of the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal, will be performing in November. (Give a listen to his take on "Up On The Roof" here ). John Beasley's Monk'estra celebrates Thelonious Monk with a January show. The U.S. Army Field Band will give a free concert in November. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings its mix of classical ballet and contemporary dance to the Tarkington in November.
Violin fans can experience up-and-comer Damien Escobar in December and/or string legend Itzhak Perlman in April.
On the pop and country front, Sheryl Crow gets the season started in July. Art Garfunkel headlines in January. Mark Chestnut, Lorrie Morgan, and Joe Diffie team up in November. Richard Marx and Rick Springfield will each offer solo acoustic shows. And Marc Cohn opens for Michael McDonald in October.
There's more, of course. Watch for a full schedule at the Center's website here.