Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announces 2016-2017 season


The Indianapolis

Symphony Orchestra has just announced its 87th season of classical and pops

concerts at the ISO's home venue, the Hilbert Circle Theatre. The 2016-2017 season

runs from September 15 to June 10 and features its usual wide variety of

repertoire, programs, performance debuts and a special tribute to the theater's

100th anniversary.

In his sixth season

with the ISO, music director Krzysztof Urbański has programmed such large-scale

masterworks as Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, Brahms' German Requiem, Mahler's First Symphony ("Titan") and Bartók's

Concerto for Orchestra. Among the many guest soloists, the orchestra

collaborates with several especially admired ones, including violinist Hilary

Hahn and pianist André Watts. In addition, Urbański's frequent

collaboration with pianist Dejan Lazić continues this season with the performance

debut of Lazić's symphonic poem, Mozart

and Salieri, an ISO commission inspired by one of the more celebrated, if somewhat

fictional rivalries (i.e. Peter Shaffer's Amadeus)

in classical music.

"I am very proud of

this season of classical programs, as they represent my affection for

monumental works by some of my favorite composers," said Urbański. "Many of these

pieces I haven't presented in Indianapolis since arriving in 2011, so I'm excited to

lead the talented musicians of the Orchestra in these powerful programs."

In January of 2014,

Urbański programmed his first midwinter music festival with the

ISO, "Fantasy, Fate and War," which highlighted the major musical contributions

of Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Shostakovich. Last

season, Urbański's love of music and science inspired a three-weekend

tribute to the music of the cosmos. This season, Urbański brings patrons

back down to Earth with a Music of the

Earth festival, a two-week musical extravaganza devoted to the Earth's

beauty and majesty inspired repertoire masterworks such as R. Strauss' An Alpine Symphony and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde ("Song of the

Earth"), among others.

"My idea for a

'Music of the Earth' festival was a natural extension of the 'Cosmos' theme

from last season, which was a great thrill for me as a conductor,"

Urbański added. "Now, I'm drawing inspiration from those composers who

were captivated by our beautiful planet in order to present another landmark

moment in music-making with the ISO."

Opening Night Gala

Two significant

anniversaries occur in 2016 - the Hilbert Circle Theatre's centennial and the

state of Indiana's bicentennial anniversaries. To celebrate

these milestones, the ISO's premiere event, Opening Night Gala, will celebrate the theater's early

beginnings as a movie house and many of Indiana's great composers. Conducted by Principal Pops Conductor

Jack Everly, Opening Night Gala takes

place on Saturday, Sept. 24

Classical Series -


On Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Urbański opens the

classical series with pianist André

Watts performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. The following weekend,

he presents an all-Prokofiev program featuring violinist Hilary Hahn performing the composer's first violin concerto.

Urbański and the ISO perform the debut

performance of Dejan Lazić's Mozart

and Salieri, specially commissioned by the ISO.

Urbański also conducts Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra; Brahms' German Requiem with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir (ISC); and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 ("Titan").

Urbański's Music of the Earth Festival in January will include R.

Strauss' epic An Alpine Symphony and Mahler's monumental Das Lied von der Erde ("The Song of the Earth").

The ISO closes the season with a special

choral presentation of Orff's Carmina Burana and Bernstein's Chichester


Conductors making their subscription debuts

with the ISO this season include Edo de

Waart, Joshua Weilerstein and Matthias Pintscher.

Additional guest conductors include Bernard Labadie, Roberto Abbado, and Jun

Märkl, plus renowned soloists the Labéque

Sisters and Gil Shaham.

Returning to the podium are two former ISO

music directors. Raymond Leppard

will present a program of Mozart and Elgar, and John Nelson will lead the ISO in works by Ravel and Rachmaninoff.

ISO Concertmaster Zach De Pue and Principal Oboe Jennifer

Christen will return as soloists this season with De Pue performing

Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Christen joining Gil Shaham for Bach's

Concerto for Violin and Oboe.

Other significant works presented this season

include Beethoven's Symphony No. 3

("Eroica"); Stravinsky's The Firebird; Debussy's La Mer; Bruckner's Symphony No. 7; and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.

Pops Series - Highlights

Now in his 17th

season as the Principal Pops Conductor for the ISO, Jack Everly has

programmed a blend of premieres, tributes and guest artists to round out the

ever popular Pops Series. Highlights


The world premiere of The ISO and the Doo Wop Project, a

program that blends the "doo-wop" style with a full symphonic experience. The Doo Wop Project features five former

members of Broadway's Jersey Boys and

Motown: The

Musical and perform everything from Frankie Valli and Smokey Robinson to

Michael Jackson.

The return of Cirque de La Symphonie -this time, set to the sounds of Broadway's

greatest showpieces.

The presentation of Indiana

Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark Film + Orchestra, just in time for the

film's 35th anniversary.

A return appearance by the

Grammy Award-winning contemporary jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti.

And, a weekend dedicated to the greatest

music in science fiction films, including a tribute to the 50th

anniversary of Star Trek in Sci-Fi


For a complete listing of the ISO's classical season, visit the ISO's calendar.