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ISO returns to the Palladium 

click to enlarge The ISO at the Palladium.
  • The ISO at the Palladium.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced today that it will initiate a six-concert classical series this season in the Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel. The series begins with Handel's Messiah on Dec. 19 and ends with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on June 14. Subscriptions and single tickets to this series will be on sale Monday, Aug. 25.

"I am thrilled that the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is returning to the Palladium," said Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, president and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts. "The ISO is certainly suited for the Palladium's stage, architecture and acoustics, and adding a full series of the ISO's classical programs complements our season perfectly. I am truly looking forward to welcoming the ISO back to the Palladium and to our community."  Of course, the ISO concluded its Pops series programs on Sunday evenings at the Palladium through the 2012-2013 season, but it has done few classical programs at the venue.

"Our new Palladium Series reinforces that the ISO is committed to sharing great symphonic music with as many people as possible in our community," said Gary Ginstling, chief executive officer of the ISO. "The series gives our north side communities an opportunity to experience a wide range of electrifying orchestral music, with renowned conductors and soloists, including the ISO Music Director Krzysztof Urbański, in a gem of a concert hall."

The six-concert series includes four performances with ISO music director Krzysztof Urbański. Highlights in the Palladium Series include: Handel's Messiah with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir on Friday, Dec. 19, the first time the ISO and the ISC have performed this seasonal masterpiece in the Palladium;  ISO music director Krzysztof Urbański making his Palladium conducting debut with Shostakovich's Seventh ("Leningrad") Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 7; Urbański conducting Dvořák's Slavonic Dances, the premiere of ISO Principal Trombone Jim Beckel's new Brass Concerto and Concertmaster Zach De Pue as soloist for Barber's Violin Concerto on Sunday, March 20;  Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 in D Minor ("Reformation") with the debut of up-and-coming German conductor Christopher Altstaedt on Friday, Apr. 17; Urbanski leading the ISO in a performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony (with its famed Adagietto movement) on Sunday, June 5; and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Urbański and the ISC on Sunday, June 14. The ISO last performed Beethoven's great choral work to a capacity crowd at the Palladium in 2011.   

The ISO served as the Palladium's first orchestral "acoustical test" before the facility was complete and open to the public in January of 2011. Since then, the ISO has presented a variety of concerts at the Palladium, its most recent performance being a Pops concert on April 28, 2013.

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