Indianapolis, IN 46208
About Hilbert Circle Theatre
When it opened on Aug. 30, 1916, Hilbert Circle Theatre was the first Indianapolis and Midwest structure erected expressly for the presentation of feature-length motion pictures. It’s now not only home to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, but also presents films, lectures and other performances. The upper level Oval Promenade displays various works by Indiana artists chosen through a juried competition. This monthly schedule is augmented by the annual display of winners from the Symphony-in-Color statewide school program. The Hilbert Circle Theatre can also be reserved for your public/private functions. Hungry? A three-course buffet is available in the Wood Room.
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The ISO was dominated Friday and Saturday by Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 103.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is a five-time winner in this category. With an excellent year-round calendar of events that cover a varie…
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra rang in the new year with a gorgeous program featuring Viennese waltzes.
Five movements paired with the poetry of Walt Whitman provided an epic theme for the first Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance of 2011.
Minnelli received five standing ovations during last night's performance -- the same number of stars she receives in our review!
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra recreated legendary works by Paul McCartney this past weekend, yielding generally delightful results.
Having a female guest on the podium is a rare enough event for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; a good one has historically been rarer yet.
Guest conductor Heras-Casado, with guest pianist Ingrid Fliter, leads the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in two American and two French works.
Under the direction of Jakub Hrusa, with guest violinist Karen Gomyo, our orchestra plays works by Franck, Prokofiev and Dvorak, all in the same key signature.
Under guest conductor Michael Francis and with guest pianist Jeremy Denk, our orchestra packs a wallop with three repertoire hits.
We know you'll be out and about this weekend, what with the gorgeous weather and all. You've got plenty of arts events, from ballets to comedy to live radio to choose from.
Norwegian guest conductor leads the orchestra in an outstanding performance of Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony.
Big hair, books and bruises await you, Indy! Check out Rock of Ages a night of Vonnegut, plus a Roller Girls bout among the weekend's top picks!
For the first time, an ISO classical program appears first in Carmel's new concert hall before returning to its Circle Theatre home.
Your arts weekend includes a little bit of everything, from classical music to visual arts to the Indy 500 (surprise!) - so get on out there and do something!
Conducted by Zach de Pue, Vivaldi's
had both hits and misses.
Major milestones this week, from celebrating David Hochoy
’s 20th year at DK, to new ISO music director Krzysztof Urbański's first appearance in over a year.
Krzysztof Urbanski marks his debut as the ISO's music director designate as well as making a big impression.
Indy Pride dominates the weekend lineup, along with a host of other great events associated with everything from acrobats to body art!
We have a little bit of everything, from dance (at the IMA and White Rabbit) to comedy (Kevin Pollak) to Beethoven to the one-year anniversary of the 100 Acres.
ISO's Conductor laureate Raymond Leppard closes indoor season with ambitious program featuring Beethoven's Eighth and Ninth Symphonies.
The new ISO music director gives us a clean, refreshing start to his first season, with only six appearances through June 2012.
A party filled with surprises and delights culminated in the passing of the baton to new Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski.
After last week's Cluster-fest of events, you'd think things would slow down a bit, and you are right - but ONLY a bit. Check out this week's lineup of A
In his second week as ISO music director, Krzysztof Urba
ński filled the house with Carl Orff's monstrous, mid-20th-century, scenic cantata.
Guest conductor Larry Rachleff, offering two works, was joined in one by violinist Leila Josefowicz.
On Wednesday, the Indianapolis company was honored for their exemplary support of the arts.
Ronen's David Bellman and Ingrid Fischer-Bellman debut a new work by UIndy's John Berners.
conducted by Jack Everly is a glorious tribute to the creative team that brought us Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.
Guest conductor Gilbert Varga and pianist Jonathan Biss join for a well-played Beethoven Concerto.
label, the former Boston rocker created a homegrown, organic, adult-friendly show that sampled a vast amount of his rich discography.
Featuring two very popular repertoire standards by Schumann and Tchaikovsky, the ISO competes with the seventh game of the World Series - and loses.
A new percussion concerto by Joseph Schwantner, commissioned by the Percussive Arts Society for the ISO, was splendidly crafted from start to finish.
Guest conductor Christoph Campestrini and guest pianist Jeffery Kahane make for a rousing combination in a concert featuring Beethoven and Mendelssohn.
World famed Chinese pianist scores big in a special, one-time appearance with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
The Callaway sisters bring warmth and humor - not to mention impeccable singing and acting - to the ISO's annual holiday extravaganza.
Conductor Wigglesworth opens the ISO's year with an excellent Sibelius and Elgar; then pianist Bronfman brings the program to a rousing but disconcerting close.
The biggest surprise to this winning combination of slick script and excellent singing is its attentiveness to dialogue, usually lost in fully staged versions.
A work of self-parody, Shostakovich's second and final violin concerto couldn't but disappoint in the ISO's rendition, but Mozart and Prokofiev carried the rest of the show.
Guest conductor Susanna M
älkki raises the roof with Rachmaninoff's final composition,
in a Symphonic Hits program.
IVCI 2010 gold medalist Clara-Jumi Kang joins the ISO for Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in a program filled with hits, including more Mendelssohn.
In his third appearance this season, the ISO's new music director captivates a sold-out Circle Theatre with an amazing performance of Holst's 'The Planets.'
Behind the scenes with the youngest music director at the helm of a major American orchestra.
In his second straight classical-series appearance, Urbanski hosts guest cellist Zuill Bailey, who once again has his program recorded.
A fully-orchestrated version of British pianist and composer Stephen Hough's take on the Catholic mass, 'Missa Mirabilis,' makes its world premiere this weekend in Indy.
Often-visiting British pianist Stephen Hough returns to the ISO to display, for the first time, both his piano playing and his compositional talent.
In a night full of surprises, Pink Martini players and vocalists seamlessly interfaced with the ISO across a repertoire of Latin rhythms, jazz, cabaret and Hollywood musicals
Conductor Jun M
ärkl returns to the ISO for a program featuring Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Debussy and Ravel, with Russian guest violinist Alina Ibragimova.
Veteran world-class pianist Andr
é Watts once again visits our orchestra to confirm his stellar position in the pantheon of keyboard artists.
ISO's music director returns for the penultimate classical program of the season, with featured pianist Simon Trp
ISO music director Krzysztof Urba
ński, joined by world-class Hoosier violinist Joshua Bell, ended the orchestra's classical season with two lengthy favorites.
A few years back Cavanaugh was in danger of being typecast as a Billy Joel impersonator. That's when the ISO's Jack Everly stepped in to help him re-tool his brand.
Songwriters saw Cavanaugh thoughtfully reworking songs by Paul Simon, James Taylor and Neil Diamond, among others.
Will board and management destroy the ISO in the name of saving it?
For its first classical concert program following an ISO management / players' union bridge contract agreement, music director Krzysztof Urba
ński abandons the podium for one of the offerings.
Past Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra music director John Nelson returned to the ISO podium to conduct Brahms' A German Requiem with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.
For its seventh Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra classical series weekend, guest conductor Eugene Tzigane led an all-Spanish inspired program featuring guitarist Milo
The singer-songwriter will perform with Time for Three and the ISO at Thursday's Happy Hour performance.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra began its 2013 classical programs with two disparate symphonies conducted by our music director's former teacher.
German guest conductor Jun M
ärkl returned to the ISO podium to lead the orchestra in an energy charged program with guest cellist Zuill Bailey also returning -- and recording.
In their second concert of the season, the Ronen Chamber Players employed the services of Wei-Tzu Chiu, a very talented local high school student who played her oboe side-by-side with the pros.
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's music director returned to the Circle Theatre to conduct works of Beethoven, Bruch and Brahms, the Bruch with violin soloist Daniel Hope.
Baritone Thomas Hampson, singing from a Mahler song cycle and guest conductor Joana Carneiro directing the Mahler and a Schumann symphony wowed the small, energetic audience.
ISO music director Krzysztof Urba
ński played a trick on his large, Circle Theatre audience, which sort of backfired.
In its 14th classical-concert weekend, our ISO music director programmed two repertoire war horses followed by the one even more popular
To account for financial difficulties causing a lockout last fall, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced a reduced season over recent past ones -- but with new
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra music director Krzysztof Urba
ński redeemed himself with a superlative account of Mussorgsky/Ravel's Pictures at an Exhibition.
Guest pianist Dejan Lazi
ć reconstructed the Brahms Violin Concerto as a piano concerto and played it for a large Friday ISO audience.
ISO concertmaster Zach de Pue led the orchestra in its 18th classical concert with an all-string program containing a variety of works, periods and styles.
In a startling change of pace, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under music director Krzysztof Urba
ński opened with the concert debut of music-with-miming-and-improv by 75-year-old William Bolcom.
The ISO proved last weekend that cheap tickets can dramatically increase the number of sold seats; it's not too late to get in on this.
contemporary piano concerto and a scintillatingly modern orchestral concerto, the ISO closed its classical season in an unusual manner.
The new ISO president and CEO expounds on his vision for the orchestra's future following his presence here to complete the orchestra's 2012-2013 season.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra began its season Friday evening with a nearly packed Circle Theatre, featuring music director Krzysztof Urba
ński and stellar violinist Hilary Hahn.
Veteran pianist Garrick Ohlsson launched the ISO's Classical Series with a Chopin concerto; music director Krzysztof Urba
ński followed with a dazzling Prokofiev symphony.
For its second classical program of the season, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, under music director Krzysztof Urba
ński, mounted Verdi's massive
Some things to marinate in your mind grapes.
Guest conductor Carlo Rizzi led the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring the Indianapolis Children's Choir in two Debussy pieces.
For its fifth and final classical-series program of 2013, guest conductor Jun M
ärkl led the ISO in two favorites, along with recording a work less well known.
This price drop has reportedly increased attendance in other major orchestras where it's been tried: the Cleveland Orchestra for example.
The excellent NPR series adds another Indianapolis artist to its long list of performers.
Another entry into the ISO's fun Happy Hours programming, this time featuring local emcee Tony Styxx and folk sisters Lily and Madeleine.
Tonight at the Hilbert Circle Theater: Dead Oceans' songstress Julianna Barwick, New Amsterdam's Ymusic, local KO and the Indianapolis Children's Choir.
ISO music director Krzysztof Urba
ński's first 2014 concert was dominated by Richard Strauss's massive tone poem An Alpine Symphony; pianist Dejan Lazić also returned.
For the second weekend in a row, ISO music director Krzysztof Urba
ński featured German composer Richard Strauss, celebrating his 150th birth year.
In his fourth season with the ISO, music director Krzysztof Urba
ński plans several large symphonic works - including an all-Russian festival.
Yet another appearance by celebrated veteran, IU-based pianist Andr
é Watts produced yet another overwhelming ovation by an overwhelmingly sized Circle Theatre audience.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, under music director Krzysztof Urba
ński, gave its first performance Friday of Górecki's now famous Symphony No. 3.
In its 11th ISO classical program of the season, Krzysztof Urba
ński conducted three Russian favorites to a sold out house, with Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya soloing in one of them.
Substitute guest conductor, Mei-Ann Chen, led the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in an all 20th-century program which appeared to delight everyone in the hall.
In its 13th classical program, guest conductor Hans Graf led the ISO in three Stravinsky works plus an additional three by Copland, Strauss and Debussy, using three ISO soloists.
American Pianists Association 2013 Fellow Sean Chen played the world famous Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 before a modest Circle Theatre crowd.
Barry Douglas guest starred in the ISO's 16th classical program as both its conductor and its solo pianist, the latter in Mozart's 25th Concerto.
For its final classical concert of the 2013-2014 season, perennial ISO guest violinist Joshua Bell forced the addition of a Thursday evening to its usual Friday-Saturday concert pair.
The first three of the six International Violin Competition finalists played a completely varied program in the Romantic finals--for the first time. The venue - the Circle Theatre. The orchestra - the ISO. The conductor - Joel Smirnoff.
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Jury chairman Jaime Laredo announced the six laureates at 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Circle Theater.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra launched its classical season with music written wholly within its tonal era. Among many other composers that means Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's second classical program, under guest conductor Matthew Halls, featured two religious works, Messiaen's L'Ascension for orchestra and Mozart's unfinished Requiem for chorus, soloists and orchestra.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra featured guest soloist Kirill Gerstein playing the Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto with guest conductor Andrey Boreyko also offering the Sibelius Second Symphony.
In its fourth classical program of the season, the ISO featured guest violinist Augustin Hadelich and guest conductor Nicholas McGegan in four Mozart works.
Former ISO music director Mario Venzago wows us in a program featuring the U. S. debut of a new percussion instrument, coupled with a high-energy
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra begins its 2015 classical series with a festival of Russian music, with Fate, Fantasy And War as its theme.
ISO guest conductor Han-Na Chang and guest pianist Vadym Kholodenko both execute brilliantly in a program featuring Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.
ński returns to the podium to conduct the ISO's first performance of Shostakovich's monumental Seventh Symphony.
An overview of the ISO's next season, beginning this Sept.
With guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya and soprano Twyla Robinson, the ISO's ninth classical program presented music of Maurice Ravel and Richard Strauss.
Conductor and pianist Jeffery Kahane led the ISO in a program of works by Adams, Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin while serving as the keyboard artist in the latter's work.
ISO music director Krzysztof Urba
ński returned Friday to conduct a symphony, a concerto and an overture -- all by Beethoven, with guest pianist Alice Sara Ott.
Guest conductor Christoph Altstaedt led the ISO's 14th classical-series program in music by Wagner, Bachicha, Bach, and concluded with Mendelssohn's
With guest violinist Arabella Steinbacher, Jun M
ärkl, a returning favorite conductor, led the ISO in works by Mendelssohn and Berlioz.
After a not-too-promising first half, the ISO, under guest conductor Cristian M
ăcelaru, opens the gates of musical profundity with a great Tchaikovsky Sixth.
Friday's concert, the ISO's last program of the classical season, was dominated by Beethoven's Ninth symphony, with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and four vocal soloists.
Three new players have been added to the present complement of 69, reduced by recent retirees and the orchestra's financial woes during its fall-2012 contract imbroglio.
With famed, veteran guest pianist Emanuel Ax, Indianapolis Symphony music director Kyzysztof Urba
ński led his orchestra in two audience favorites by Beethoven and Mozart.
For only the second time in its 85-year history, the ISO, four vocal soloists and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir present Beethoven's monumental Mass in D.
When I assessed Jinjoo Cho's playing at the ninth
For Halloween Eve, the ISO's fourth classical program seems perhaps a bit unfit. Guest conductor Alexander Shelley dominated his
Dejan Lazic is the ISO's only guest pianist to have played
Schubert: 4.5 stars
It's in the shape of a golden disk, large enough to contain
Every time Jun Märkl shows up on the ISO/Circle Theatre
Is the third time a charm? Often not, but it was in the third and final ISO concert celebrating the Cosmos in
No better proof of repertoire choice relating to turnout was
For the 11th of this season's ISO classical programs, Friday
Two concerts at one sitting characterized Friday's Circle
Each season, when symphony programs are planned, all-Russian
Programs with a theme need not attach themselves to a
The ISO's three-manual Wurlitzer pipe organ, now having been
He makes his way on stage using a cane and with assistance
In the late 19th century it was the Fauré Requiem which escorted the listener through the various parts of the Catholic Mass for the Dead by o…
Once again, in this season's final classical-subscription concert, Friday's
The Hilbert Circle Theatre, home of the ISO, is not really
Programming three starring works in Beethoven's musical
It doesn't matter what she plays;
Between the Baroque era in music (1600-1750) and the
Raymond Leppard is 89. He has been the ISO's conductor
The Indiana Symphony Society (ISS) released its audited