2017-18 Season Announcement | Live Intimate, Classic, Original

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) and Music Director Matthew Kraemer announce their 2017-18 Season which combines the beauty and thrills of live orchestral music designed to challenge the senses. The multi-sensory season features collaborations with area arts and cultural organizations and international guest artists Jinjoo Cho, Sean Chen and Indianapolis’ favorite diva Angela Brown.

Beginning his third year as Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Music Director, Maestro Matthew Kraemer curates intimate, classic and original programming with a penchant to showcase the artistry and talents of the orchestra and his collaborative spirit. Maestro Matthew Kraemer states, “I am delighted to present a season that highlights Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s dexterity as an ‘orchestra of soloists’ with the exciting synergistic effects of collaborating with guest artists and Indianapolis cultural institutions.”

Soprano Angela Brown opens the season in October performing Samuel Barber’s arresting Knoxville: Summer of 1915 paired with other musical works designed to unlock fond memories of yesteryear. In November Maestro Kraemer invites notable artist and colleague Bradley Thachuk to the podium to conduct Beethoven’s rousing Symphony No. 7 with Jinjoo Cho for Schumann’s rarely performed Violin Concerto. ICO is pleased to present the critically acclaimed violinist who took the 2014 Gold Medal in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. In the intimate, sacred setting of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in the historic neighborhood of Mapleton-Fall Creek, the joyous classic of Handel’s Messiah returns in December as Maestro Kraemer leads a period inspired performance highlighting the artistry of vocal lines and orchestral interplay.

Sean Chen, third prize winner at 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and 2013 recipient of the American Pianists Association’s DeHaan Classical Fellowship, showcases his daring and collaborative bravado with Shostakovich’s Piano No. 1. Opening the January concert is a world premiere by Chen-Hui Jen, recipient of The League of American Orchestras’ Women Composers Readings and Commissions award supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Noted for its extraordinary work in championing music for the small orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra was hand selected to premiere this commission by American Composers Orchestra and EarShot.
ICO celebrates the birthday of one of the most prolific and influential composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at the January concert performing his “Jupiter Symphony.”

ICO’s signature program of “Silent Film with Live Orchestra” returns in March with a Harold Lloyd comedic double feature, An Eastern Westerner (1920) and Safety Last (1923). The silent films are presented in collaboration with Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art’s upcoming exhibit called “The Reel West.” A second world premiere is scheduled for April performed by ICO Principal Violist by Csaba Erdélyi. The Viola Concerto by ICO Composer-In-Residence James Aikman follows his 2016 premiere of Peacemakers, also the feature of a documentary by WFYI.

Closing the 2017-18 season, ICO celebrates Indiana’s beloved composer Cole Porter with a 70th Anniversary semi-staged performance of Kiss Me Kate at Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler Arts Center.

7-concert full-season subscriptions, 4-concert concerto package and 4-ticket flex packages are on sale now. Subscription packages offer savings off single ticket prices, exclusive benefits and personalized customer service. Subscription packages start at $120 and include free ticket exchanges, lost ticket replacement and priority seating. For more information about subscriptions, contact the ICO Office at (317) 940-9607 or tickets@icomusic.org. Renew or subscribe before July 1 to secure 2016-17 subscription rates. Single tickets go on sale on July 1.

2017-2018 Season | Live Intimate, Classic and Original. 
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Matthew Kraemer, music director

MOMENTS IN TIME
October 13, 2017

Angela Brown, soprano
Respighi  Trittico Bottecelliano
Barber  Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Honegger  Pastorale d’été
Stravinsky  Pulcinella Suite

BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH
November 18, 2017

Bradley Thachuk, guest conductor
Jinjoo Cho, violin
Kevin Lau  Artemis
Schumann  Violin Concerto
Beethoven  Symphony No. 7

HANDEL’S MESSIAH
December 10, 2017

Handel’s Messiah

MESSIAH SING-ALONG
December 11, 2017

Handel’s Messiah – Favorite Choruses from the Christmas Section

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOZART
January 27, 2018

Sean Chen, piano
Chen-Hui Jen  World Premiere Supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation
Shostakovich  Piano Concerto No. 1
Mozart  Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

HAROLD LLOYD AND THE REEL WEST
March 10-11, 2018

Double Feature: Silent Film with Live Orchestra
Harold Lloyd’s An Eastern Westerner (1920) and Safety Last (1923)
Presented in partnership, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

BALLET PANTOMIME
April 21, 2018

Csaba Erdélyi, viola
Roussel  The Spider’s Feast
James Aikman   Viola Concerto (World Premiere)
Strauss  Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

KISS ME KATE
May 19-20, 2018
Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, 70th anniversary semi-staged performance

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