Today, Feb. 11, the ISO announced its 2015-2016 season of
classical, pops and family series concerts. As usual, the classical programs draw
from symphonic repertory standards as well as contemporary fare and a newly
commissioned work by the orchestra.
Now in his fifth season with the ISO, music director Krzysztof
Urbański has programmed a mix of masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms,
Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky and will be collaborating with several renowned
soloists, including violinist Joshua Bell and pianists Emanuel Ax, Dejan
Lazić and Garrick Ohlsson. As a result of this season's successful Midwinter
Russian Festival, Urbański has planned another three-week musical
celebration for next season. From Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 2016, the ISO's Out of this World:
Cosmos Music Festival presents a repeat of Holst's The Planets (from 3 seasons ago), a musical
tribute to the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey and masterpieces
by Mozart, Beethoven and Stravinsky which were included in a time capsule on
the spacecraft Voyager, launched in 1977.
"Although I've enjoyed every season with this great orchestra,
I must say, this next season is particularly special for me as a conductor,"
said Urbański. "I love presenting large-scale works by composers I admire,
such as Brahms, Beethoven and Shostakovich, and the 'Cosmos Festival' blends
two subjects I love most - music and science. We have much to look forward to
in this next season."
Menahem Pressler, one of the world's
most revered pianists and distinguished faculty member of the IU Jacobs School
of Music makes his first ISO appearance. In addition, the orchestra welcomes 32-year-old
violinist, singer and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Caroline Shaw, who will
perform her Violin Concerto - a new joint commission from the ISO, the North
Carolina Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton
Classical Series - Highlights
On Sept. 18-19, Urbański
kicks off the 2015-2016 season with pianist Emanuel Ax performing
Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto.
The following weekend on Sept. 26, Urbański leads the
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in its annual Opening Night Gala concert (a misnomer this season) in an evening featuring renowned Hoosier violinist
Joshua Bell and a special appearance by ISO artists-in-residence, Time
Over the season Urbański conducts Brahms' Piano
Concerto No. 1 and 2 with Dejan Lazić; Beethoven's Symphony No. 1;
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10; Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4; and Szymanowski's
Symphonie concertante with pianist Garrick Ohlsson.
The Out of this World: Cosmos Music Festival opens
with Urbański conducting music from the Voyager time capsule - Beethoven's
Symphony No. 5 and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring; continues with
Holst's The Planets with guest conductor Jun Märkl; and closes
with Urbański leading the ISO in complete performances of the classical
works excerpted in 2001: A Space Odyssey, anchored by Strauss's Also
Distinguished guest conductors who return to the ISO this
season are Andrey Boreyko, Hans Graf, Giancarlo Guerrero, Matthew Halls and
Gilbert Varga. Conductors making their ISO debut include Roberto
Abbado, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Alexander Shelley.
Artist debuts include Jinjoo
Cho, the 2014 Gold Medalist of the International Violin Competition of
Indianapolis; soprano Malin Christensson; clarinetist Kari Kriikku performing
the U.S. premiere of Kimmo Hakola's Clarinet Concerto; organist Paul Jacobs;
and the legendary Menahem Pressler for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27.
Other significant works
presented this season include Beethoven's Missa solemnis with the
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir -- only the second time in its 85-year history that
the orchestra has performed this great work; Mahler's Symphony No. 4; Strauss' Don
Quixote, Nielsen's Symphony No. 4 ("Inextinguishable") and Mussorgsky's Pictures
at an Exhibition.
Now in his 16th season as the Principal Pops conductor for
the ISO, Jack Everly has assembled an eclectic mix of programs in the orchestra's
Pops Series. Highlights include:
legendary entertainer, Kenny Rogers, with the ISO.
The return of Pink Martini, the
12-piece ensemble that blends cabaret, samba, pop and jazz.
This season's nod to the Great
White Way includes the greatest hits from Les
Misérables,Dreamgirls, My Fair Lady, Annie and much more, sung by
the leading ladies of Broadway, led by American singer, actress and YouTube
sensation, Christina Bianco.
For Valentine's weekend, a tribute to the centennial
birthday celebration of Frank Sinatra, with his signature hits sung by Tony
DeSare and Frankie Moreno.
A tribute to the great choral
masterpieces in a variety of genres - pops, standards, Broadway and gospel -
sung by Indy's finest choirs: the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Indianapolis
Children's Choir, the Indianapolis Men's Chorus, and more.
dedicated to the hits of Motown presented by guest artists, Spectrum and
Radiance; a symphonic tribute to four decades of rock and pop in Classic
FM: Radio Hits of the Decades; and a Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock: Films
Children can wiggle and giggle in their seats during the
Orchestra's symFUNy Sundays which are matinee performances that feature
engaging music and interactive entertainment at family-friendly prices. During symFUNy
Sundays, families are encouraged to take part in pre-concert activities in
the lobby and are invited to meet the artists after the performance. The
programs are approximately one hour in length, with no intermission and are
designed especially with the young listener in mind.
This season's programs will include:
Symphonic Spooktacularon Oct. 25;
a performance of IPL Yuletide
Celebrationon Dec. 6;
Musical Mechanics, on Jan. 17 and
Magic Circle Mime Company's presentation
of Prokofiev's musical tale, Peter and the Wolf, on April
ISO's Artists-in-Residence: Time for Three
In 2009, Time for Three became the ISO's first
artists-in-residence and embarked on bringing its unique, genre-bending style
to Indianapolis and the greater
community. The group's members -- violinists Zach De Pue, Nick Kendall and
double bassist Ranaan Meyer -- have transformed the ISO's Happy Hour at
the Symphony series into an innovative orchestral experience for the
after-work crowd. Next seasons Happy Hour concerts
are October 24, January 23, May 15 and July 17.
In addition to Happy Hour, Time for Three's musical
contributions will expand into a weekend-long event to be held next spring.
Details will be announced in the coming months.