Classical Tom Aldridge ISO Happy Hour No. 2 Hilbert Circle Theatre Thursday, April 27 It was practically foregone. The third game of the Pacers playoffs drew from the same demographic as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra last Thursday. The Pacers not only beat the Nets but surely siphoned about 200 of the 500-plus who showed at last January’s first ISO Happy Hour concert. And while the second symphony program geared to young adults was scheduled months ago, who knew precisely when — or whether — our currently-fragile NBA team would be called upon once again to suck in the younger downtown throngs like a giant vacuum cleaner in the post season? Still, those 300 or so who made it to the Circle Theatre lobby’s 5 to 6 p.m. Happy Hour, and then to the 6 to 7 p.m. Happy Hour concert, conveyed the same enthusiasm — with music this time geared to the dance — as in January with a mostly Mozart program. And as before, the drinks, the eats, the coffee and camaraderie were present in abundance. Local singer/entertainer Jennie DeVoe again hosted after presenting an hour of her own talent in the lobby. This time, however, guest conductor Thomas Wilkins made DeVoe a “de jure” host while he was, in fact, the dominant on-stage voice. DeVoe appeared only to introduce Wilkins, to banter with him halfway through and to promote her upcoming appearances just before the final selection. While serving as an excellent pop-rock/classical bridge in her January hosting (I stated then that I “fell in love with her”), DeVoe was little more than an appendage in this one. She needs to be either the “de facto” host or “give it up” (to quote her) entirely to the conductor. The difficulty here lay in the fact that Wilkins is also good at rapping with the younger set, and that the program contained lots of shorter pieces to intro rather than January’s few longer ones. Eight dance offerings by Delibes, Dvorak, Brahms, Glinka, Copland, Strauss Jr. and Anderson were capped with the Finale from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole — only the latter taken too fast. Hopefully, with Happy Hour No. 3 scheduled for June 1, the Pacers will be either gone for the season or playing a different evening.

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