New Season, Feel the Music

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) and Music Director Matthew Kraemer announce their 2018-19 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 artists, including the world’s premier pipa virtuoso Wu Man, a new work by Michael Torke, violinist Tessa Lark and more.

Maestro Matthew Kraemer curates intimate, classic and original programming with a penchant to showcase the artistry and talents of the orchestra and its 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.”

Celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, ICO presents an all Bernstein program in October with a semi-staged Trouble In Tahiti, Candide Overture and a new arrangement of West Side Story Suite for guitar and orchestra by German guitarist, Lucian Plessner. As performer and arranger, Plessner appears with the ICO with support of the Indianapolis Sister Cities Program (Cologne, Germany) and the German Consulate in Chicago. In November, international artist and ICO’s own Principal Clarinet Eli Eban performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. 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.

In January, ICO welcomes the leading ambassador for Chinese music Wu Man to perform Tan Dun’s Pipa Concerto. ICO’s signature program – “Silent Film with Live Orchestra” – returns to the Schrott Center stage in March with Buster Keaton’s comedic feature, The General (1926.)

Noted for its extraordinary work in championing music for the small orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra is pleased to co-commission a Bluegrass Concerto by Michael Torke for Violinist Tessa Lark, recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition. The Torke commission will have its Indiana premiere in April 2019.

Closing the 2018-19 season, ICO partners with Dance Kaleidoscope to present “See the Music, Hear the Dance” a pastiche of lively works by Respighi, Ravel and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Drew Petersen, winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2017 American Pianists Association DeHaan Classical Fellow.

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 visit:

Subscriptions go on sale Monday, April 23, 2018. Renew before July 1 to keep your same seats or upgrade. Single tickets go on sale on July 1.

2018-2019 Season | Live Intimate, Classic and Original.
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Matthew Kraemer, music director
October 13, 7:30 PM 
October 14, 2:30 PM
Lucian Plessner, guitar

Bernstein | Candide Overture
Bernstein (arr. Plessner) | West Side Story Suite
Bernstein | Trouble in Tahiti
* A Collaboration with Indianapolis Sister Cities International and Cologne, Germany celebrating 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein


November 17, 7:30 PM
Eli Eban, clarinet

Mendelssohn | Trumpet Overture, Op.101
Mozart | Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622
Luciano Berio | Rendering (based on sketches from Schubert’s Tenth Symphony)


December 9, 2:30 PM

True to the composer’s intentions: an intimate orchestra displaying the intricate vocal lines to their full majesty.


January 26, 7:30 PM
Wu Man, pipa

Debussy | Suite Bergamasque, L.75
Tan Dun | Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra
Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov | Armenian Rhapsody, Op.48
Haydn | Symphony No. 100, Military


March 9, 7:30 PM

Silent Film with Live Orchestra: An adventurous comical tale of a bumbling Civil War era train engineer and a wacky high-speed chase.

April 6, 7:30 PM
Tessa Lark, violin

Dvorak | Legends, Op. 59: Nos.1-4
Torke | Bluegrass Concerto (Indiana premiere)
Thomson | Suite from The River
Kodály | Dances of Galánta


May 17-19
Friday and Saturday 8 PM
Sunday 2:30 PM
Dance Kaleidoscope
Drew Petersen, piano

Respighi | Ancient Airs and Dances
Gershwin | Rhapsody in Blue
Ravel | Mother Goose (Full Ballet)




About the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra:  Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra advances and promotes music composed for the small orchestra through professional concert performances and education programs. Now in his third season, Maestro Matthew Kraemer leads the orchestra as Music Director and Principal Conductor. James Aikman serves as Composer-in-Residence. ICO has been named professional Orchestra-in-Residence at the Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler Arts Center.

Comprised of 34 musicians, the ICO annually presents a concert series of seven performances. In addition to the annual concert series, the ICO provides orchestral accompaniment for many local arts and educational organizations. The ICO serves as Orchestra-in-Residence for the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival and annually conducts a national competition for the composition of new works. The ICO reaches over 30,000 people annually in central Indiana through its concert series, education initiatives, community partnerships, and outreach programs. The ICO is featured prominently in local media with its weekly radio broadcast on WFYI, 90.1 FM. Additionally, the ICO was featured on the PBS concert “A Festival of Carols with Sylvia McNair” and commissioned Peacemakers, the subject of an Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary in 2017.

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