Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra names new music director

New ICO music director Matthew Kraemer

On Sunday,

December 13th at 3:00 pm,

the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra presents for the 27th consecutive season

Handel's Messiah, the

complete oratorio, at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. ICO music director Matthew Kraemer

will conduct the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, four vocal soloists and choirs

from the Christian Theological Seminary, the Encore Vocal Arts and Tabernacle Church.The soloists are Sari Gruber, soprano;

Angela Young Smucker, mezzo-soprano, tenor Derek Chester and bass Michael Dean.

"Handel's Messiah

is at the heart of the chamber orchestra repertoire being originally scored for

about 23 instruments," said ICO executive director Elaine Eckhart. "The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra is proud to

present this time-honored masterwork as its holiday offering."

On Monday,

December 14th at 7:30 pm,

join the ICO for the Messiah Sing-Along for an opportunity to sing favored

selections from Handel's Messiah at the Indiana Landmarks Center. The Sing-Along concert will consist of

selected movements, airs, and choruses from the first

section, and the ever popular Hallelujah Chorus which concludes the second

section. The Sing-Along will give local singers the opportunity to participate

in a performance with professional soloists and a professional orchestra.

Audience members can bring their own music, download a score from,

or borrow or purchase a score at the performance.

Eckhart said, "Maestro Kraemer, a violinist himself,

encouraged the chorus to sing like violins and the violins to

play like a choir; there is wonderful interplay between chorus and

orchestra in this intricate work."

If you are

interested in learning more, join the ICO and Christian Theological Seminary

for a pre-concert lecture by Hebrew bible scholar Dr. Richard H. Lowery, affiliate

professor at CTS and Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton, CTS president and professor of

theology. The pre-concert lecture begins at 2:15 in the church parlor at Tabernacle

Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon, and at 6:45 pm in the Cook Theater at the IndianaLandmarksCenter on Monday evening. At both performances,

there will be a collection of non-perishable food items to benefit the

Mid-North Food Pantry.