Center for the Performing Arts' 2014-15 season 


Carmel's Center for the Performing Arts continues to mount the most ambitious seasons in central Indiana, going beyond obvious crowd-pleasers to book an admirable mix of classical, dance, jazz, world music and Songbook performers (and that's not counting resident groups like the Civic Theatre and Indiana Wind Symphony that put on full seasons of their own). The organization announced its lineup late yesterday afternoon; we've copied the press release below, chopping out some generic bio copy for easier reading.

The Stratford Songbook Series

Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition
Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium
A new generation of Songbook stars is revealed in nationwide regional competitions sponsored by the Great American Songbook Initiative. Those young artists who are selected to participate in a week of intensive mentoring in Carmel show their talent in the final competition to select the 2014 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador. In addition to a monetary stipend, the ambassador earns the opportunity to perform with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award nominated entertainer and founder of the Feinstein Initiative, Michael Feinstein. Join Michael Feinstein for this show and be inspired and awed by the accomplishments of the next generation of Songbook artists.

Tommy Tune: Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales
Accompanied by his music director, Michael Biagi on piano
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium
Broadway's tallest tapper takes to the world's smallest stage, dancing, singing and tale-telling through 50 years of big time showmanship - all on only 4 square feet.

George Benson
Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium
The evening is a tribute to Nat and his memorable voice in music, and for his creation of a timeless body of work that continues to inspire artists around the world.

Tony Bennett with Very Special Guest Antonia Bennett
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

Randy Newman
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 7pm, Palladium

Michael Feinstein with Marilyn Maye
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7pm, Palladium

The Buck Group Dance Series

Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8pm, Tarkington
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8pm, Tarkington
An evening of visually stunning and highly emotive works from Mexico's premiere contemporary choreographer. All ticket holders are invited to enjoy a Q&A with the artistic director and dancers immediately following the performance.
Made in Mexico (Hecho en Mexico)
Waters of Forgetfulness, 1998 (Las Aguas del Olvido)
Ex-stasis, 2010

Diavolo: "Architecture in Motion"
Jacques Heim, Artistic Director
Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8pm, Tarkington
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8pm, Tarkington
Brace yourself for a full-throttle evening of entertainment that combines the artistry and beauty of dance with the power and gravity-defying feats of world champion stunt performers, gymnasts, and martial artists.
Transit Space

Russian National Ballet Theatre
The Sleeping Beauty
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8pm, Tarkington
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8pm, Tarkington
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3pm, Tarkington
Performed by a company that is dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet.

Youth America Grand Prix
Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow
Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3pm, Palladium
Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world's largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. We present YAPG (àSpelling: the P and G are swapped) finalists and stars of the world's leading dance companies in a thrilling evening of classical ballet excerpts.

Taft Law Jazz & Blues Series

Al Jarreau
Saturday, September 20 at 8pm, Palladium

Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Cécile McLorin Salvant
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

Stanley Clarke Trio
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 7pm, Palladium

Dee Dee Bridgewater: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

Wayne Shorter Quartet
Featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

Spotlight Shows

The 5 Browns
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium
Classics and popular show tunes with a fresh energy and dynamic character played with 440 keys and 45 feet of piano.

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this renowned Grammy nominated a cappella quintet in a fiery and engaging blend of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music. This show will be sign language interpreted.

Ethan Bortnick
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium
Ethan Bortnick, the youngest performer ever to headline his own concert tour, will bring his captivating new family music special to the Palladium. At only 13 years old, Ethan has already moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer and entertainer.

Jim Belushi & The Board of Comedy
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 7pm, Palladium
Spend a hilarious evening with actor and comedian, Jim Belushi, as he and some friends bring their brand-new sketch comedy show to the Palladium.

The Priests
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30pm, Palladium
The Priests are three Roman Catholic priests from Northern Ireland.

Holiday Shows

George Winston
Thursday, November 20 at 7:30pm, Tarkington

Celtic Thunder Symphony Tour
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:30pm, Palladium
This will be the first ever Symphony Tour for Celtic Thunder, who will depart from their traditional and critically-acclaimed large set productions to perform songs from their 2013 chart-topping album Christmas Voices in a dynamic live music experience accentuated by the instrumentals of a full symphony orchestra.

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2014
With special guests Jonathan Butler, Christopher Cross and Maysa
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium

Printing Partners Classical Series

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Jonathan Biss, piano
Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 8pm, Palladium
This celebrated conductor-less ensemble continues its tradition of collaboration with the world's finest soloists. Pianist Jonathan Biss reveals his commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts that have garnered critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences.
ROSSINI Overture to "Cambiale di Matrimonio"
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 (à the "M" in "minor" should be lowercase)
ZWILICH "Prologue and Variations"
POULENC "Sinfonietta"

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Pavel Kogan, conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium
An all-Tchaikovsky evening with one of the foremost interpreters of classic Russian composers.
TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet overture-fantasy [final version 1880], TH 42c
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36

Emerson String Quartet
Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium
Declared "America's greatest quartet" by Time Magazine, this ensemble is praised worldwide for its insightful performances, dynamic artistry, and technical mastery.
HAYDN Op. 33, No. 5
BEETHOVEN Op. 74, "Harp"

National Symphony Orchestra of México
Enrique Bátiz, music director and chief conductor
Alfonso Moreno, guitar
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:30pm, Palladium
JOAQUIN TURINA Danzas Fantasticas Op. 22
JOAQUIN RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90

A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra with Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium
Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher has received international recognition since his 1944 debut that established him as one of the world's premier classical pianists. A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. They aim to pass on the spirit of collaboratively-empowered music to the next generation.
SUK Serenade for Strings in E flat, Op. 6
MOZART Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in F Major ("Lodron," "Concerto No.7"), K.242
DVORÁK Three Slavonic Dances (arranged for AFC)
MOZART Symphony No. 29 in A Major

Itzhak Perlman
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 7pm
Reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman, is beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, and he is treasured by audiences around the world who respond to his remarkable artistry and his irrepressible joy for making music. Repertoire to be announced in the spring.

CNO Financial Group Family Shows

The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China: "Cirque Peking"
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium
One of the world's most acclaimed acrobatic troupes, the National Acrobats of China thrill audiences with their agility and flexibility as they perform daring feats with common objects.

SPENCERS: Theatre of Illusion
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2pm and 7pm, Tarkington
Described as "Modern Day Houdinis" by the critics, the Spencers blend theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production with the high energy of a rock concert as they take their audience to the brink of impossibility.

Shaolin Warriors
Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium
Death-defying combat moves define Shaolin Warriors who display remarkable skill, stunning movement, and spectacular Kung Fu.

Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy's Big Adventure
Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 10am and 2pm, Tarkington
Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth ... and rode trains

Coca-Cola World Stage Series

Zakir Hussain
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 7pm, Tarkington
Zakir Hussain has elevated the status of the Indian tabla throughout the world.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8pm, Studio Theater
International music sensation, Samité, performs an evening of world music inspired by the captivating rhythms and indigenous instruments of Africa and his native Uganda.

Tango Buenos Aires
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium
Tango Buenos Aires is internationally recognized as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango. The epic life of Eva Perón, from her humble beginnings to Argentina's First Lady, is interpreted through traditional Tango dance and music.

The Assad Brothers with Robero Lubambo:
Samba Exótico
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 7pm, Palladium
Brazil's Assad brothers have created a new standard of exceptional artistry and guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. Their repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio and his re-workings of folk and jazz music as well as Latin music of almost every style. They are joined by Brazilian jazz guitarist extraordinaire, Romero Lubambo.

Eileen Ivers: Beyond the Bog Road
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 7pm, Palladium
Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.
Eileen created Beyond the Bog Road, a multimedia concert of music, story, dance and film to celebrate the journey of the Irish immigrant and to showcase how Irish music and dance have integrated with various roots music of North America to create one of the richest cross fertilizations of folk music styles in the world.

Country Series

Martina McBride
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

Trace Adkins
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

Home Free
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:30pm, Palladium
This a cappella band was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC's "The Sing-Off," and they continue to entertain audiences with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor.

Kix Brooks
Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30pm, Palladium
Wine Tasting at 6pm, Palladium (Wine ticket required for admittance)
Kix Brooks is half of the highest selling duo in country music, Brooks & Dunn. Pre-concert wine tasting: Celebrate the evening with a tasting of select wines prior to an evening of great artistry with Kix Brooks! Tasting begins at 6pm and a wine tasting ticket is required for admission: Your concert ticket will not provide admittance to this event.

The Charlie Daniels Band
Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium

Tracy Lawrence
Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

Vince Gill
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

Drewry Simmons Vornehm Pop & Rock Shows

Gladys Knight
Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz
Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:30pm, Palladium
Grammy-nominated folk artists The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz, with Nathaniel Smith, Alex Hargreaves, and Paul Kowert, offer an evening of collaborative performance in front of one microphone.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:30pm, Palladium

The Fab Four
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium
The ultimate Beatles show. They have amazed audiences around the world with their uncanny, note-for-note, live renditions of the Beatles' catalogue.

Peanut Butter & Jam

Explore musical genres alongside your children on Saturday morning at 10:30am. Purchase of a child's ticket includes free admission for two adults and tickets are $10. The experience includes music, touch and play time with musical instruments and an artist Q&A. These events are under 1 hour and are specially geared for youth aged 1-7. There is limited capacity for these events. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 317.843.3800.

Bongo Boy!
September 20
A morning of primal beats, rhythm, movement, and drumming!

Mariachi sol Jalisciese
October 18
Discover the traditional costume and music of Mexico that originated hundreds of years ago on the ranches and in small towns in Mexico.

Kelli Lewis from Music Together
November 22
Jazz, pop, rock, gospel, and cabaret in a musical morning from an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them.

Wind and String Ensemble
December 6
Holiday sounds of the season with members of the Hendricks Symphonic Society!

Indy Hula
January 10
Polynesian song and dance showcase the modern and ancient Hawaiian hula, and the dances of Samoa, New Zealand, the Marquesas, Tahiti, and the Cook Islands.

Assante Children's Theatre (ACT)
February 21
Celebrate the musical contributions of the greatest Doo Wop, Soul, Gospel and R&B groups of all time! ACT is a youth organization committed to enriching the lives of young people so they become empowered citizens of the world.

March 21
A celebration of Irish music! Discover traditional instruments such as the hammered dulcimer, field organ, hurdy gurdy, bowed psaltery and harp.

The Fourth Wall (flute/dance/hybrid)
April 25
Stretching the boundaries of instrumental performance, The Fourth Wall performs interdisciplinary performance works and reinterprets established repertoire to make music that leaps from the stage.

May 2
Salaam takes the audience on a journey through Morocco and Istanbul with an introduction to the culture and music of the Middle East. Along the way, families learn a traditional "beledi" rhythm and greetings in Arabic and Hebrew.


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