Reflections From The Wings
By Amylou Porter, ICO Operations Manager | It is hard to believe we’re now looking back on the 2016-2017 season…it seems as though we just started! Right from the beginning, we had major excitement with the EarShot concert collaboration with the League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra. The program brought in composers from all career stages to listen, evaluate and discuss five compositions that were superbly read by the ICO. Throughout the season our Guest Artists dazzled us with their artistry and flair for the dramatic. Cellist Roman Mekinulov’s powerful playing truly captured the spirit of the tango; bassists Gary Karr and David Murray had unmatched enthusiasm and chemistry in their “Double Talk” performance. Classic pianist Christopher O’Riley was delightful at the opening night concert, and violinist Alex Kerr brought virtuosic spirit to Mozart.
Flutist Mimi Stillman not only performed on the subscription series, she held a Master Class for Flute students at Butler University. She also joined the ICO in performing its very first concert at Earlham College in Richmond, IN. The ICO also performed at the Indiana State University’s Contemporary Music Festival in Terre Haute. The Festival celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016 and invited the ICO to perform James Beckel’s “The Glass Bead Game,” a horn concerto commissioned by the ICO in 1997. Also performed was the “Audience and Musician” favorite composition from EarShot: Passacaglia for Orchestra by Reinaldo Moya. (Watch for that composer’s name in the future)!
The ICO also appeared with a number of Arts Partners across the season, from providing accompaniment in the pit for Indianapolis Opera’s Happy Birthday Wanda June and The Barber of Seville; to performing the riveting oratorio Elijah and five Festival of Carols concerts with Indianapolis Symphonic Choir; to a performance at the Sacred Music Symposium at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. The ICO was also delighted to perform the entire five concert Premiere Series of the American Pianists Association Competition this season.
Two different television broadcasts featured the ICO this season. WFYI television produced and aired a documentary concert video of the ICO’s World Premiere of James Aikman’s Peacemakers, which received an Emmy award in June. WFYI television also produced a Festival of Carols television broadcast, filmed at the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s annual holiday performance at The Palladium.
Education and outreach are a vital component of the ICO mission. Each season ICO members serve as coaches for In-School String Residencies at Christel House Academy (CHA) and Manual High School. The initiative to bring music outside the concert hall to the neighborhoods has blossomed with our continued relationship with Holliday Park. The ICO’s weekly radio broadcast on WFYI rounds out the largest part of our outreach effort.
Plans are underway for many more Intimate, Classic and Original concerts next season… we will see you very soon!
Amylou Porter is Operations Manager of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. At concerts you might catch a glimpse of her in the wings, off-stage, taking care of guest artists and the ICO musicians. She’s the logistical queen and ensures that each concert runs smoothly.