Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra advances and promotes music composed for the small orchestra through professional concert performances and education programs.
ICO made its debut on November 18 as Musicians of the Cloister at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis.
The name was changed to Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the following year Kirk Trevor was appointed Music Director and Conductor. Maestro Trevor held this position for 27 years, retiring at the close of the 2014-2015 season.
ICO joined the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival as Orchestra-in-Residence, an honor that remains today. During this three-day immersive educational event, the ICO sponsors a nation-wide competition for the composition of new works for chamber orchestra.
ICO became the professional Orchestra-in-Residence for Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler Arts Center.
In May, ICO released its first commercial CD, entitled Momentum 21.
ICO welcomed Matthew Kraemer to the podium for his second season as Music Director and Conductor, and James Aikman as Composer-in-Residence for his fourth season.
The Karr/Murray concert [Double Talk] was so typical of what I’ve come to expect of the ICO — innovative, interesting, intriguing, inspiring.
The performances [are] top notch … You feel like you are at a private concert.
Ambiance, at intermission, and after with drinks and snacks makes the entire experience something special and unique.