AT&T Happy Hour Spring Fling!

3 stars

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Hilbert Circle Theatre

April 19

Jennie DeVoe’s lyrical rendition of “Georgia” at her pre-concert sharing set the mood for a highly visual, locale-centered program conducted by Ankush Kumar Bahl. A highlight was another chance to hear David Baker’s new composition “Dancing Shadows” with its references to growing up in Indianapolis. It seemed particularly poignant as we absorb the passing of Kurt Vonnegut and rethink his references to an Indianapolis childhood. The ISO’s nimble brass section was featured throughout the program that included Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, John Williams’ Summon the Heroes and “Nimbus 2000” from Harry Potter. Richard Rodgers’ “Guadacanal March” from Victory at Sea was presented with footage from the WWII documentary. The hero emerging from commonality was prefaced by the Prelude to Act 3 from Lohengren by Wagner while dance in its various forms emerged from Saint-Saens “Bacchanale” from Sampson & Delilah, Sibelius’ Valse Triste and Stravinsky’s Berceuse & Finale from The Firebird.

 

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