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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announces 2023–24 season



The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) is thrilled to announce the 2023–24 season featuring top names in classical music today, award-winning Pops artists, and innovative fusions—with the talented musicians of the ISO at the heart of it all. Subscriptions are available starting Feb. 21, 2023. See the full season lineup here. One of the most celebrated artists of his era, Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell headlines the Opening Night Gala Sept. 23 presented by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation as the ISO warmly welcomes back the Orchestra’s fourth music director, John Nelson.


The IU Health Plans Classical Series features works and artists known in Indianapolis and around the world. ISO Artistic Advisor Jun Märkl, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kevin John Edusei, Anthony McGill, Augustin Hadelich, Michelle Cann, and Kenny Broberg highlight a star-studded lineup. Popular musical highlights include Carl Orff’s enduring Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s immortal Fifth Symphony and Violin Concerto, two of Tchaikovsky’s most popular concert works, and Mozart’s masterful Symphony No. 40. Contemporary music lovers will be treated to a new Tuba Concerto written by jazz great Wynton Marsalis and performed by Anthony Kniffen, principal tuba; and a new work by Adolphus Hailstork that celebrates President John F. Kennedy’s final speech.


Led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the 2023–24 Printing Partners Pops Series includes Grammy and Tony Award-winner Heather Headley Sept. 15–16. Tony Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, and recording artist Liz Callaway returns Nov. 10–11 to celebrate the best of the stage, screen, and pop hits of the 60s and 70s. Grammy nominee and American Idol finalist Cody Fry brings his singer-songwriter talents and genre-blurring music to the ISO for a special concert with Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony, Enrico Lopez-Yañez.


Maestro Jack Everly leads the 37th annual AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration December 1–23, 2023, for a magical holiday production featuring tap-dancing Santas, dazzling choreography, and stunning costumes. 2023 host announcement to come this spring!


Conductor and composer Steve Hackman returns in 2023–24 to bring his visionary Uncharted Series to Hilbert Circle Theatre following sold-out performances this year. The Uncharted Series offers Indianapolis music fans new avenues into classical music, beginning Nov. 8 with Kendrick Lamar X. Stravinsky, whichcombines Stravinsky’s Petrouchka with Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning album DAMN. Female vocalists are highlighted in And I Love Her: Music of the Beatles April 17, 2024, continuing with From Beethoven to Beyoncé June 5, 2024, a fantastical trip through an imaginary music festival curated by those two artists, combining the greatest composers of all-time with the best popular artists of today.


ISO Subscriptions—on sale February 21, 2023 Patrons may renew current subscriptions or become a new subscriber beginning February 21 by visiting the ISO’s website at IndianapolisSymphony.org, by phone at 317-639-4300, by mail, or in person at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office. The deadline for subscription renewal is March 20, 2023.


Among many of the benefits of becoming an ISO subscriber is advance ticket buying opportunities for and discounts to special events such as Opening Night Gala and the annual holiday tradition, AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration, and Kroger Symphony on the Prairie. Subscriber benefits include discounted tickets to classical and pops concerts and an opportunity to purchase a pre-paid season parking pass to Express Park Garage, located at 20 N. Pennsylvania.


For more information about all Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presentations, visit IndianapolisSympony.org or call the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at 317-639-4300.


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