Three and a half stars
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Hilbert Circle Theatre; April 14.
Peter Frampton was the lodestar, attracting a new kind of packed house, yet the ISO players proved they had the chops to jam and cover the wide-ranging oeuvre of the newly minted Grammy Award winner. Pops conductor Steve Reineke accelerated the tempo in an opening half-hour of his sterling symphonic arrangements of Lennon and McCartney, Elton John and Freddie Mercury before Frampton and his quartet amped the next hour with favorites from his 30-plus years collection of albums. The enthusiastic audience anticipated the songs and unabashedly stood at their seats in rock concert fashion. Frampton bantered with the crowd, had fun with the ISO players and did some mighty fine guitar playing. Frampton will have come and gone, but hopefully the ISO proved itself enough for Frampton fans to come back. Who wouldn’t be impressed with principal trumpet Marvin Perry and principal flutist Karen Evans Moratx carrying the Beatles into classic lines?