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

Symphony.

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

for Three.

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

sprach Zarathustra.

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.

Pops Series

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:

The

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.

Symphonic presentations

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

+ Orchestra.

symFUNy

Sundays Series

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

24.

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.

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