Priority list includes music of Prince, lots of Shakespeare

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“The Music of Prince”

There’s rain in the forecast—“Purple Rain,” that is—when the ISO tunes into the music of the iconic star. A full rock band and vocalists fill out the stage for conductor/arranger Brent Havens’ extensions of songs from the Prince catalog. Oct. 14, Nov. 22 Hilbert Circle Theatre Details

Maria Muldaur

The label “one-hit-wonder” sometimes masks a terrific career musician who happened to catch popular lightning in a bottle once. So, yes, Maria Muldaur had a hit back in 1974 with “Midnight at the Oasis,” but before and after, she explored roots music, jazz, R&B, gospel, and even jug-band music while also paying tribute to—and continuing the tradition of—outstanding blues women. Oct. 16  The Jazz Kitchen  Details

Bard Fest

The bard is back for a second annual festival pulling together the work of three local companies. This time around, First Folio Productions offers “King Lear,” Catalyst Repertory (formerly Casey Ross Productions) presents “Coriolanus,” and Garfield Shakespeare Company has a go at “Twelfth Night.” To hear my chat with Bard Fest’s Casey Ross on WFYI’s “Art of the Matter,” click here at around the 15-minute mark. Oct. 13-30 Carmel Theatre Company’s Studio 15  Details

Also this week

Legends of Southern Hip Hop features 8Ball & MJG and more at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Oct. 15.

Dweezil Zappa plays the Vogue Oct. 14.

On Oct. 14, the Warehouse hosts Don McLean.

On the best Hollywood sequels of all time, “The Bride of Frankenstein,” is screened at Garfield Park Arts Center Oct. 15

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