Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Announces 2021-2022 Season

Joey Amato | July 11, 2021

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) announces their 2021-2022 Season, Connect & Discover. The new season features collaborations with local arts organizations and international artists and composers, including APA Winner Drew Petersen, Sphinx Competition Winner Sterling Elliott and ICVI Laureate Richard Lin.

Music Director Matthew Kraemer designs intimate, classic and original programming to showcase the artistry and talents of the orchestra and its collaborative spirit. “After a year and a half of virtual concerts and very limited in-person audiences we are thrilled to return to Schrott Center for the Arts for a full seven-concert season,” Kraemer says. “This year audiences will hear familiar classics, lesser known masterworks, contemporary voices, works by living composers and two world premieres.” There is music featured on every concert to which audiences connect and discover.

The ICO begins the season in October with a special program themed, War in Music Recognizing the connections between war and composition, ICO highlights Butler University Artist-in-Residence, Michael Schelle.

In November, ICO presents a world-premiere commissioned piece Dark Earth by Venezuelan American composer Reinaldo Moya. Thematically inspired by the deforestation of the Amazon and subsequent climate impacts, Mike Halerz has created a multi-media video to accompany the work. Also featured is International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) Laureate Richard Lin with Vivaldi’s beloved The Four Seasons.  

ICO’s treasured tradition, A Baroque Christmas, returns with the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, with professional soloists and chorus and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

In January, Prism aux étoiles featuresJames Aikman’s ALARM!: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and the PRISM Quartet. This world-premiere by ICO Composer-In-Residence will be complemented with works by celebrated French composers.  

Then Flashback to 1927 and the era of silent film. A pioneer of the science fiction film genre, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis,will be accompanied live by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.

In April ICO’s partnership with the Sphinx Organization presentedSterling Elliott, the youngest Sphinx Competition Winner in history, to be featured on Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major.

The season culminates with three performances of the highly anticipated collaboration with Dance Kaleidoscope Music Moves. Showcasing works by Bernstein, Brahms, and others, American Pianist Awards Winner, Drew Petersen, also joins the ICO and DK dancers with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. Musical performances are set to David Hochoy’s choreography for a vibrant artistic experience.

The seven-concert full-season subscription, a four-ticket Chamber Choice Pack and a NEW Duet Pack, are on sale now and include virtual tickets with live tickets. Ticket packages offer savings on single ticket prices, exclusive benefits and personalized customer service. Subscriptions start at $120 and include free ticket exchanges, lost ticket replacement and priority seating. Subscriptions are on sale NOW. Renew by August 1 for same seats, and to avoid ticket fees. Single tickets sales begin September 1.

For more information about subscriptions, contact the ICO by phone at (317) 940-9607 or email at tickets@icomusic.org.

2021-2022 Season | Connect & Discover | Intimate. Classic. Original.

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

Matthew Kraemer, Music Director

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War in Music

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Event Time: 7:30 PM/ Doors 6:30 PM

Schrott Center for the Arts*

Recognizing the connections between war and composition, ICO highlights Butler University Artist-in-Residence, Michael Schelle. Resilience for viola, cello and orchestra commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII. Butterworth, a casualty of WWI, was inspired by the English countryside and traditional folk melodies in his “Idyll” On the Banks of Green Willow. Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont was his reaction to the Napoleonic Wars.

Program:

Beethoven- Egmont Overture

Schelle- Resilience

            Matt Albert, Viola

            Joshua DeVries, Cello

Butterworth- On the Banks of Green Willow

Haydn- Symphony No. 103 in E-flat, Drum Roll

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Celebrating Mother Earth

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Event Time: 7:30 PM/ Doors 6:30 PM

Schrott Center for the Arts*

Inspired by everlasting natural beauty, experience a newly commissioned multimedia piece by Venezuelan-American composer, Reinaldo Moya. Dark Earth explores the impact of deforestation of the Amazon on a global scale. Mike Halerz, Emmy® Award winning ICO collaborator, returns with thrilling videography creating a fully immersive audio-visual experience. 2018 IVCI Gold Medalist, Richard Lin, joins the ICO to perform Vivaldi’s beloved The Four Seasons.

Program:

Moya- Dark Earth: Anthropogenic Amazon

A multimedia piece including film by Mike Halerz

Rautavaara- Cantus Arcticus: Concerto for Birds

Vivaldi- The Four Seasons

            Richard Lin, IVCI Gold Medalist, Violin

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A Baroque Christmas

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Event Time: 3:00 PM/ Doors 2:00 PM

Location TBD

Rediscover your favorite ICO holiday tradition as the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah returns with a choir and soloists. The festive sounds of the season continue with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio: Cantatas No. 1 and 2.

Program:

Bach- Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas No. 1 and 2

Handel – Messiah– “Part the First”

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Prism aux étoiles (Prism to the Stars)

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Event Time: 7:30 PM/ Doors 6:30 PM

Schrott Center for the Arts*

Continuing the tradition of presenting new works for the small orchestra, James Aikman’s ALARM!: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet will feature the PRISM Quartet. Hailed as a “bold ensemble that set the standard for contemporary-classical saxophone quartets” by The New York Times, PRISM has 200 premiere works to its credit and will be complemented with works by celebrated French composers.  

Program:

Dutilleux (arr. Hesketh) – Au gré des ondes

Aikman- ALARM! Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra

Prism Quartet

Duparc- Aux étoiles

Poulenc- Sinfonietta

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Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927)

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Event Time 7:30 PM/ Doors 6:30 PM

Schrott Center for the Arts

Flashback to 1927 and the era of silent film. A pioneer of the science fiction film genre, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, will be accompanied live by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. This epic and visionary film stars Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, and Gustav Frölich.

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Sterling Elliott Plays Haydn

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Event Time 7:30 PM/ Doors 6:30 PM

Schrott Center for the Arts*

Sterling Elliott, the youngest Sphinx Competition Winner in history, is featured on Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major. New York Concert Review acclaims “(The) very fine young cellist Sterling Elliott played …with perfect intonation, style, and total involvement.” Inspired by two great works of art, living composer Anna Clyne’s Sound and Fury, sets the stage while Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen powerfully concludes the evening.

Contact the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra at 317-940-9607 for personalized service with ticketing questions. In addition to attending live, an option to purchase a virtual On-Demand version of the performance will be available through ICO’s website at www.icomusic.org.

Program:

Clyne- Sound and Fury

Haydn- Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major

            Sterling Elliott, Cello

Strauss- Metamorphosen

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Music Moves

Friday- Sunday, May 20-22, 2022

Event Time 8:00 PM/ Doors 7:00 PM, Sunday- 2:30 PM/ Doors 1:30 PM

Schrott Center for the Arts*

A collaborative celebration with Dance Kaleidoscope returns showcasing Bernstein, Brahms, Handel, and Kilar. Winner of the 2017 American Pianist Awards, Drew Petersen, joins the ICO and DK dancers with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. Musical performances are set to David Hochoy’s choreography for a vibrant artistic experience.  

Program:

Kilar- Orawa

Ravel- Piano Concerto in G Major

            Drew Petersen, Piano

Bernstein- Candide Overture

Handel- Larghetto from Concerto in F Major

Brahms- Variations on a Theme of Haydn