(Nov. 20 show)
The night was a sterling concert for the ISO. The regular roster of ISO players and guest backup combo artists (not named in program) with vocalists Josh Turner, N'Kenge, Jim Hogan, Ron Remke and Melissa Schott delivered good music with a joyful attitude.
If you haven't been following 2015 Butler guitar major graduate Josh Turner, you should. At Butler, he performed with the Chorale and Out of the Dawg House. I'm not sure when he started posting on YouTube, where he gained a following, especially attracting attention for a June 2014 rendition of Paul Simon's "Graceland." Over 433,000 views landed him an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America open mic segment and that led to a gig at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Turner performed with the ISO on Nov. 20, making his debut with Jack Everly at the ISO POPS '70s and '80s decades program. He seemed totally at ease with a foursome of other seasoned performers, each gaining star turns and all working in unison for fine harmony.
Throughout, arrangements by Fred Barton, ISO POPS arranger for the past decade, lent fresh approaches to Elton John "Tiny Dancer/Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," Paul Simon "The Sound of Silence," Marvin Hamlisch "The Way We Were," Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline" and particularly a show-stopping homage to Frank Sinatra for his 100th birthday remembrance, a conversational medley of "My Way/I Gotta Be Me" with Jim Hogan and Ron Remke in separate spheres on stage coming into unity at the close.
ISO players especially got their moment in Everly's delightful Chicago Medley arrangement.
Yes, four numbers down into the program Turner gifted with his take on Graceland, a low-key homage that's just right.
Up next: IPL Yuletide Celebration
Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Sandi Patty and Jack Everly host with a cast of Broadway's best singers and dancers to celebrate 30 years.
Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, $20-$65, 639-4300, indianapolissymphony.org