Sixty years ago Arthur’s Music Store opened its doors in Fountain Square, and it’s been filling the neighborhood with music ever since. Arthur’s takes pride in stocking a huge assortment of instruments and music gear. Because it buys and trades used instruments and equipment, the inventory is always growing and changing. Other services include on-site repairs and private voice lessons, as well as music lessons for most of the instruments in the store.
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Almost 13 years old, this symphony is an impressive and electrifying ensemble of winds and percussion. How’s that for a ringing endorsement? The ensemble is made up of seventy members and includes professional musicians, music educators and serious vocational musicians. The ensemble performs at Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts.
This orchestra draws its repertoire primarily from the 17th and 18th centuries — the times of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi in the late Baroque — back to Monteverdi in the early Baroque. Its members represent a collaboration of musicians from Indiana's top professional and academic institutions that perform on original instruments or recently made replicas. Its concert season includes working with other performing arts organizations, including Ensemble Voltaire, Indianapolis Children's Choir, Christ Church Cathedral’s Choir of Men and Boys, Indianapolis Baroque Singers and soloists Steven Stolen and Steven Rickards.
ICO's featured soloists represent a beautiful boiling pot of internationally recognized artists and superior young talent. It also is recognized for commissioning new works and performing world and American premieres. The orchestra of 35 professional musicians provides accompaniment to local arts, educational and religious organizations, including Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, American Pianists Association and Butler University Ballet. Education programs include pre-concert talks and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis summer series. And teachers, listen up... you can book the ICO to perform at your school.
Broad Ripple’s best music source is a small space taking big advantage of its prime location and its enthusiastic clientele to provide the village with a comprehensive stock of vinyl and CDs appealing to a range of tastes that includes local artists. This is the place to find out who’s playing what and where. Great in-store performances supply the under-21 crowd with some of the best live music (and cheap) options available, as well as appealing to those old enough to drink beer.
The Indy Folk Series is a nonprofit venture featuring acoustic music in a coffeehouse setting. Inside the comfortable space, you'll hear local and touring artists playing music spanning Celtic, folk, roots, swing, acoustic jazz and bluegrass. Held in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, these refreshment-providing concerts are held once per month on Saturday evenings.
For 17 days every four years Indianapolis becomes an arts destination, not only for the U.S. but for the world. Held every four years, last year’s was the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, having launched in 1982. It now vies with the Brussels Queen Elisabeth Competition and Finland’s Sibelius Competition as the world’s top three for the violin. Prizes and awards are valued at over $250,000. Annually, the IVCI also sponsors the Laureate Chamber Series to feature present and former laureates in concert with local performers.
Joyful Noise has officially established a residency in the Murphy Arts Building. Stop in to purchase records (for $1 off the regular price), see a show, visit the brains behind the label, pick up tickets or check out the monthly art exhibit. They'll schedule regular shows on First Friday.
While Karma may no longer be the nag champa scented, Dead blaring jam rock emporium it used to be – the 86th Street store mainly deals in hip hop – but all manner of big label recording and some vinyl can be found here. They keep a catalog of older recordings not found in the store, but the new Mix and Burn kiosk is leaving catalogs in its dust. Just click on over to mixandburn.com, create your own custom mix and drive to Karma to pick up your disc. Whole albums can be burned and come with CD insert. The Post Road store already has a mix and burn and one is coming to the 86th street location soon.
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