An Exciting Announcement from ICO’s Executive Director, Elaine Eckhart

Executive Director
Elaine Eckhart
 As Executive Director, one of the questions I am frequently asked is “Does the ICO has a CD?”  Up to this point my answer has been, “Unfortunately, no”. While a CD has been in our strategic vision, it hasn’t been a project that we have been able to make a reality until now.  Let me tell you about this exciting opportunity:
About the Project
Maestro Kirk Trevor has spent the past ten years recording with many different orchestras for many different record labels, including Albany, Kleos, Koch, Naxos, EMI, MMC, and Navrona. It has been our dream to take advantage of Maestro Trevor’s years of experience in producing commercial recordings, but making a CD is an expensive process with many variables.  Now, it has become possible, and we are so excited to announce that for the first time in its 29-year history, the ICO is in the process of making a CD for commercial release!
There are so many things that go into making a CD: securing rights to the pieces, compensating the musicians, finding a high-quality venue, securing a recording engineer…the list goes on and on. However, the ICO’s April 11th concert provided the perfect start to a CD project. It featured two amazing pieces by living composers and the opportunity could not be missed!
Maestro Kirk Trevor conducting the ICO
About the Music
The first piece, Triptych: Musical Momentum, was written by ICO composer-in-residence James Aikman. The ICO commissioned this piece to commemorate its 29-year history and the recent appointment as professional orchestra-in-residence at the new Schrott Center for the Arts. He describes his piece by saying, “the spirit of celebration will permeate the overall piece, the music will be uplifting, acknowledging the momentum and growth of the ICO and the Arts in Indianapolis.”
The second piece, Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra, was written by Christopher Theofanidis specifically for Martin Kuuskmann, the ICO soloist on April 11th. Theofanidis says of the piece that “…it is no exaggeration to say [Martin Kuuskmann] is probably the only bassoonist in the United States who can play that piece. His musical expression has an extraordinary depth and maturity… His technical ability is literally unrivaled in anything I have ever seen or heard… his sound quality is that of a real soloist – ranging from the sweetest quiet phrasing to an astonishing level of power and force… he has the most dazzling virtuoso technique around…”
Music Critic Jay Harvey and ICO composer-in-residence James Aikman
discussing Triptych: Musical Momentum at an ICO rehearsal
How You Can Help
We’re so excited about this project, and even more pleased to announce that Bose McKinney & Evans has generously offered a $5,000 match for this project!  A commercial recording comes with many expenses, and we can’t do it without your help. Please help us meet their match! All donations are tax-deductible and directly contribute to the recording project.
How to Donate
1. Click here to go to our website or go to and click “donate now” in the upper right hand corner.
2. Fill out the donation form and type “ICO recording project” in the comments box.
Send a check
1. Mail your check (made out to ICO or Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra) to:
       4603 Clarendon Road, Suite 36
       Indianapolis, IN 46208
2. Write “ICO recording project” in the memo line
By phone
Call 317-940-9607 and our staff will assist you in the donation process.
Our Thanks
Without the support of our corporate sponsors, like Bose McKinney & Evans, as well as our generous patrons, projects like this could never happen. Thank you for your support of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra! 
Elaine Eckhart
Executive Director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
What do you think about this project? Are you excited about recording new music?


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