ISO announces 2012-2013 season 

Urbanski and the ISO.
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  • Urbanski and the ISO.
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra music director Krzysztof Urbanski will return next fall to conduct ten of the orchestra's 20 classical programs, increasing his local presence from the six he will have conducted by this season's end. The embedded Symphonic Hits Series will disappear as a separate moniker, to be absorbed as six specials within the 20, with the same pre and post-concert events as the "Hits" featured. A welcome change is that all the "Hits" events will move half an hour later to gel with the remaining 14 classical programs; all evening concerts will then start at 8 p.m.

Another reason for dropping that title is that most all of next season's programming will include a plethora of hits — more than in past seasons. This is undoubtedly reflective, at least in part, of the poor turnout seen in a number of concerts this season—and also possibly a reaction to the continuing sluggish economy. On the other hand, these choices include many works not recently performed, indicating that the upcoming roster of offerings suggests careful consideration by the programmers. For example, when was the last time time Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini was programmed? As it turns out, not for a decade. Look for it to conclude the Feb. 1-2 program.

Urbanski, as a native of Poland, will also include a number of Polish works. "There are significant milestones for Polish composers this year and next year," he said. "Wojciech Kilar celebrates this 80th birthday in 2012, Krzysztof Penderecki turns 80 next year, and 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Witold Lutoslawski's birth. I'm honoring their achievements by bringing more remarkable works from Poland's great composers - Kilar, Lutoslawski, Chopin and Mieczyslaw Karlowicz - to Indianapolis."

Guest conductors and soloists, both new and returning, are too numerous to highlight. One notable conductor returning after many years is former ISO music director (1976-1987) John Nelson, featuring a vocal/choral program. See the entire program schedule below for details.

Poor turnout has not been a problem this season for the ISO's Pops Series, with a greater expenditure resulting in more grandiose stage presentations — and receiving much patron praise — put together by principal pops conductor Jack Everly. "After the phenomenal success of our 2011-2012 season we have created an equally exciting series for you next year," Everly said.

The upcoming season features a concert stage production of the hit Broadway musical Hairspray, in a performance debut. Singer Jane Monheit and violinist and mandolin player Aaron Weinstein will bring a weekend of jazz; the classic film West Side Story will come to life with the orchestra performing the legendary LeonardBernstein score to accompany the film; ISO ensemble-in-residence Time for Three will bring a new eclectic pops program to the Pops Series. These are just four of the eight pops concerts. See them all below.

On November 20, the ISO's will highlight jazz saxophonist and pop music icon Kenny G in a holiday special event with Everly and the orchestra. Other special events will be announced for the 2012-2013 season in the coming months.

As usual, Everly will lead this season's 27th annual Yuletide Celebration from November 30 through December 23. And once again, the orchestra will collaborate with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and artistic director Eric Stark, who will conduct Handel's Messiah on December 15at Clowes Hall. ISO conductor laureate Raymond Leppard and the ISO will present the 15th annual Classical Christmas concert December 8 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Ballroom. The orchestra will ring in the new year with its annual New Year's Eve Celebration December 31 at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.

The four Sunday matinee Family Concerts will be titled SymFUNy Sundays, with programs approximately one hour in length and no intermission. They are designed especially with the young listener in mind. See them all below.

2012-2013 SEASON


(1) Beethoven &

Friday, September 14, 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, 5:30

Krzysztof Urbanski, Conductor

Alina Pogostkina, Violin

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Concerto in D Major, Op. 61

DVORAK Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70

(2) Mozart's "Jupiter"

Thursday, September 27, 11 a.m.

Friday, September 28, 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 29, 8

Leo Hussain, Conductor

Zach De Pue, Violin

NIELSEN Helios Overture, Op. 17

Concerto No. 1 in D
Major, Op. 19

BRITTEN "FourSea Interludes" from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a

MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 ("Jupiter")

(3) The Genius of Mozart

Friday, October 5, 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 8 p.m.

Paul Watkins, Conductor

Shai Wosner, Piano

MOZART Symphony No. 26 in E-flat Major, K. 184

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482

MOZART Adagio and Fugue in C Minor,
Op. 546

MOZART Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 ("Linz")

(4) Dance of Death

Friday, October 12, 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 8 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbanski, Conductor

Anna Vinnitskaya, Piano

on Bare Mountain

on a Theme of Paganini
, Op. 43

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 12 in D Minor, Op. 112 ("The Year 1917")

(5) Debussy's La Mer &
Ravel's Boléro

Friday, October 19, 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, 5:30

Krzysztof Urbanski, Conductor

Twyla Robinson, Soprano

pour Mi


RAVEL Boléro

(6) Brahms' A German Requiem

Friday, November 2, 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 8 p.m.

John Nelson, ConductorAga Mikolaj, Soprano

Nathan Berg, Baritone

Symphonic Choir

MOZART Exsultate jubilate, K. 165

BRAHMS A German Requiem, Op. 43

(7) Spanish Seductions

Thursday, November 8, 11 a.m.

Friday, November 9, 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 5:30

Eugene Tzigane, Conductor

Milos KaradagliÄ , Guitar

RAVEL Alborado del grazioso

RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar &

TURINA Sinfonia sevillana, Op. 23

Op. 34

(8) Bruckner's Symphony
No. 4

Friday, January 18, 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 19, 8 p.m.

Antoni Wit, Conductor

HAYDN Symphony No. 88 in G Major

No. 4 E-flat Major ("Romantic")

(9) The "Organ" Symphony

Thursday, January 24, 11 a.m.

Friday, January 25, 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 26, 8 p.m.

Jun Markl, Conductor

Zuill Bailey, Cello

BLOCH Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra

NICO MUHLY Cello Concerto (American Premiere)

SAINT-SAENS Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 ("Organ")

(10) Emanuel Ax Returns!

Friday, February 1, 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 2, 5:30 p.m.

Giancarlo Guerrero, Conductor

Emanuel Ax, Piano

Concerto No. 4 in G
Major, Op. 58

R. STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24

da Rimini,
Op. 32

(11) The Romantic
Violinist: Daniel Hope

Thursday, February 14, 11 a.m.

Friday, February 15, 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 16, 8 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbanski, Conductor

Daniel Hope, Violin

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3 in C Major, Op. 72a

BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26

BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68

(12) Mahler & Schumann
with Thomas Hampson

Friday, February 22, 8 p.m.

Joana Carneiro, Conductor

Thomas Hampson, Baritone

MAHLER Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

R. SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61

(13) Tchaikovsky's Symphony
No. 6

Friday, March 1, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 2, 5:30 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbanski, Conductor

Bezhod Abduraimov, Piano

KAR�OWICZ Stanislaw and Anna Oswiecimowie, Op.

CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 ("Pathétique")

(14) Pictures at an

Friday, March 22, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbanski, Conductor

Sol Gabetta, Cello

BRAHMS Tragic Overture
in D Minor, Op. 81

Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 129

MUSSORGSKY/Ravel Pictures
at an Exhibition

(15) Beethoven's Fifth

Thursday, April 4, 11 a.m.

Friday, April 5, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbanski, Conductor

Nicola Benedetti, Violin

TBA Martha
and Eugene Glick Competition Winner (TBA)

TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

No. 5 in C Minor,
Op. 67

(16) Rite of Spring

Friday, April 12, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 13, 5:30

Krzysztof Urbanski, Conductor

Dejan Lazic, Piano

Lazic "Piano Concerto No. 3" in D Major (Transcription from Violin

STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

(17) Sibelius' Symphony No.

Thursday, May 9, 11 a.m.

Saturday, May 11, 8 p.m.

John Storgards, Conductor

Kirill Gerstein, Piano

SIBELIUS The Bard, Op. 64

Concerto No. 1 in
D-flat Major, Op. 10

R. STRAUSS Burleske in D Minor for Piano and

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82

(18) String Evolution

Thursday, May 17, 11 a.m.

Friday, May 18, 8 p.m.

Zach De Pue, Leader

ISO String Section

FROST "Reyja" from Solaris

SCHUBERT Mvt. I from Death and the Maiden

J.S. BACH Brandenburg
Concerto No. 3 in G
Major, BWV 1048

VITALI Chaconne for String Orchestra

COLINA Nesting Dolls


II from Death and the Maiden

TCHAIKOVSKY Finale from Souvenir de Florence

(19) An American
Rhapsody: UrbaÅ"ski
Conducts Gershwin

Thursday, May 30, 11 a.m.

Friday, May 31,,8 p.m.

Saturday, June 1, 8 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbanski, Conductor

Awadagin Pratt, Piano

Time for Three, String Trio

to Candide

BOLCOM Games and Challenges: Something Wonderful
Right Away
(Concerto for Time for Three)

(Performance debut)

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

GERSHWIN An American in Paris

(20) Urbanski &

Friday, June 7, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 8, 5:30 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbanski, Conductor

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano

MOZART Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384

Concerto No. 3 ("The Mysteries of Light")

LUTOSL�AWSKI Concerto for Orchestra


(1) Time for Three

Friday, September 21, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. - Hilbert Circle Theatre

Saturday, September 22, 8
p.m. - Hilbert Circle Theatre

Sunday, September 23, 7:30
p.m. - The Palladium

Jack Everly, Conductor

Time for Three, String Trio

Zach De
Pue, Violin

Kendall, Violin

Meyer, Bass

(2) Jazz with Jane Monheit
& Aaron Weinstein

Friday, October 26, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. - Hilbert Circle Theatre

Saturday, October 27, 8 p.m.
- Hilbert Circle Theatre

Sunday, October 28, 7:30
p.m. - The Palladium

Jack Everly, Conductor

Jane Monheit, Vocalist

Aaron Weinstein, Violin & Mandolin

(3) West Side Story Live with the ISO

Friday, November 16, 8 p.m.
- Hilbert Circle Theatre

Saturday, November 17, 8 p.m.
- Hilbert Circle Theatre

Sunday, November 18, 7:30
p.m. - The Palladium

David Newman, Conductor

(4) Performance debut - The Musical Hairspray in Concert

Friday, January 11, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. - Hilbert Circle Theatre

Saturday, January 12, 8 p.m.
- Hilbert Circle Theatre

Sunday, January 13, 7:30
p.m. - The Palladium

Jack Everly, Conductor

John Waters, Narrator

Cast, TBA

(5) Sinatra: The Best Is Yet To Come

Friday, February 8, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. - Hilbert Circle Theatre

Saturday, February 9, 8 p.m.
- Hilbert Circle Theatre

Sunday, February 10, 7:30
p.m. - The Palladium

Steven Reineke, Conductor

Ryan Silverman, Vocalist

Betsy Wolfe, Vocalist

(6) The Music of ABBA
Starring Rajaton

Friday, March 15, 8 p.m.
- Hilbert Circle Theatre

Saturday, March 16, 9, 8 p.m.
- Hilbert Circle Theatre

Sunday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
- The Palladium

Jack Everly, Conductor

Rajaton, A Cappella Sextet

(7) Broadway Star Lea
Salonga in Concert

Friday, April 26, 11 a.m.* & 8 p.m. - Hilbert Circle Theatre

Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m.
- Hilbert Circle Theatre

Sunday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
- The Palladium

Jack Everly, Conductor

Lea Salonga, Vocalist

(8) Gotta Dance!

Friday, June 14, 11 a.m.* & 8 p.m. - Hilbert Circle Theatre

Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m.
- Hilbert Circle Theatre

Sunday, June 16, 7:30 p.m.
- The Palladium

Jack Everly, Conductor

Artists TBA

SymFUNy Sundays

(1) Around the World with
the ISO

Sunday, November 4, 3 p.m.

David Glover, Conductor

The ISO will take young listeners on a musical journey
around the world, from the passionate rhythms of Spanish dances to the American
frontier with music by Bizet, Gershwin, and
Mussorgsky, among others.

(2) Yuletide Celebration

Sunday, December 2, 2 p.m.

Jack Everly, Conductor

TBA, Host

Jack Everly conducts the 27th annual rendition of
the ISO's popular holiday production.

(3) Dance to the Music!

Sunday, March 11, 3 p.m.

David Glover, Conductor

The ISO will explore the magic and the music from all genres
of dance for audiences of all ages.

(4) Happily Ever
Mother Goose Suite

Sunday, May 5, 3 p.m.

David Glover, Conductor

Enchantment Theatre Company

From Sleeping Beauty to Prince Charming's heroic rescue of
his Princess, favorite fairytales musically portrayed in Ravel's Mother Goose Suite are brought to life
by the actors and dancers of Enchantment Theatre Company.


Kenny G with the ISO

Tuesday, November 20, 7:30

Jack Everly, Conductor

Kenny G, Saxophone

One of the top-selling pop recording artists of all time,
jazz saxophonist Kenny G will join Jack Everly and the ISO to perform
many of his hits from a solo career that spans three decades.

Celebration of Black
History Concert

Tuesday, February 5, 7:30

Conductor TBA

Free admission; general seating


Duke Energy Yuletide

Friday, November 30 - Friday, December 23

Jack Everly, Conductor

TBA, Host

Jack Everly conducts the 27th annual rendition of
the ISO's popular holiday production.

Classical Christmas

Saturday, December 8, 5:30

Raymond Leppard, Conductor

Scottish Rite Cathedral Ballroom

Handel's Messiah

Saturday, December 15, 8 p.m.

Eric Stark, Conductor

Symphonic Choir

Vocalists TBA

New Year's Eve

Monday, December 31, 9 p.m.

Conductor TBA

Clowes Memorial Hall


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