Music

Tom Aldridge

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Damien Center join in a special benefit event entitled "Concert with a Cause." It will feature world renowned pianist André Watts and soprano Sylvia McNair at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Damien Center's Capital Campaign in its local mission to administer to people infected with HIV/AIDS and the orchestra's 2006 Annual Fund, which supports the orchestra's educational outreach programs. This marks a new partnership between two prominent community organizations.

ISO conductor laureate Raymond Leppard will be on the podium. Watts, now in residency at IU-Bloomington, will perform Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor. McNair, who launched her career with the ISO in 1979, will serve as narrator for Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. She'll sing as well, with repertoire to be determined. Leppard and the orchestra will perform Dvorák's Legends Nos. 3 and 4 and his Slavonic Dances Nos. 1 and 2 to round out the program, performed without intermission. The Columbia Club ballroom will host a post-concert reception, with reservations limited to 500 persons.

The Damien Center provides services to those in Central Indiana infected with HIV/AIDS, as well as their affected friends and families. These services are designed to empower clients to deal with the challenges encountered when living with HIV infection. The center offers prevention services and testing designed to limit the spread of HIV disease. It also provides services to the community by offering educational programs, advocacy and research opportunities.

Concert tickets are $75 each, with admission to the Columbia Club reception an additional $50. Special VIP packages that include priority seating at both the concert and reception are available at $250 each. All options may be purchased by calling the Hilbert Circle Theatre box office at 317-639-4300 or order online anytime by visiting the orchestra's Web site at www.indianapolissymphony.org.

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