By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Music for All
INDIANAPOLIS – Outstanding school music ensembles and student musicians from across the country will gather in Indianapolis for the 26th Annual Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha, on March 9-11, 2017, to present concerts and participate in music education workshops at top venues throughout Indianapolis.
The festival comprises the National Concert Band Festival, Orchestra America National Festival, Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival, Chamber Music National Festival, Middle School National Music Festival, and three national Honor Ensembles: the Honor Band of America, the Jazz Band of America, and the Honor Orchestra of America.
High school and middle school music ensembles were selected by recorded audition to perform at Clowes Memorial Hall, Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University, Indiana Historical Society, Hilbert Circle Theatre, and Warren Performing Arts Center.
These 59 ensembles will be evaluated by renowned music educators, and participate in professional master classes and special networking events. Invited concert bands, orchestras, percussion ensembles, and honor ensemble members participating in the 2017 Festival come from 32 states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.
In its 26th year, the Festival continues to expand and thrive as an annual program of Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of music education, headquartered in Indianapolis.
“The non-competitive atmosphere of the festival provides a place for growth, cooperative encouragement, and mutual respect. The ensembles are free to stretch themselves, reach for new heights, and strive for innovation, growth, and excellence,” said Eric Martin, President and CEO of Music for All.
Festival Honor Ensembles
Three honor ensembles bring student musicians from different schools across the country, selected by audition, to rehearse and perform together.
The Jazz Band of America and Honor Orchestra of America will perform a shared concert Friday, March 10, 8 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall, directed by Michael Tomaro, Director of Jazz Studies at Duquesne University, and guest artist Andy Martin on trombone. Jeffrey Grogan, Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the Honor Orchestra of America. Tickets for the Jazz Band of America and Honor Orchestra of America concert are $15 and can be ordered in advance at cloweshall.org, musicforall.org, or Ticketmaster.com.
The Honor Orchestra will also perform on Saturday, March 11, 8 p.m. at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University. The program will also include the Chamber Music concert, part of the Chamber Music National Festival. Tickets can be ordered in advance at cloweshall.org, musicforall.org, or Ticketmaster.com, and can be purchased at the Clowes Hall ticket office.
The Honor Band of America will perform Saturday, March 11, 8 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall, conducted by Col. Michael Colburn, Director of Bands at Butler University. Tickets for the Honor Band of America Concert at Clowes Memorial Hall are available at Cloweshall.org and Ticketmaster.com.
National Concert Band Festival Tickets
Tickets for the invited concert band performances of the National Concert Band Festival at Clowes Hall, Thursday through Saturday, March 9-11, range from $6 to $40 and can be ordered in advance at cloweshall.org, musicforall.org, or Ticketmaster.com, and can be purchased at the Clowes Hall ticket office.
Free Admission Events
Music for All is offering free admission to several concert events within the Festival. The free admission events include:
Orchestra America National Festival
Thursday, March 9
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Hilbert Circle Theatre
National Concert Band Festival – Invited Ensembles
Thursday, March 9
5:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University
Friday, March 10
8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University
Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival
Friday, March 10
9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Warren Performing Arts Center
Saturday, March 11
8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Warren Performing Arts Center
Chamber Music National Festival
Friday, March 10
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Indiana Historical Society
Middle School National Music Festival
Saturday, March 11
8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler University
A full schedule of Festival ensemble concerts, times and locations is available at www.musicforall.org/festival, or for more information call 800-848-BAND (2263).
About Music for All
Since 1975, Music for All, through its Bands of America and Orchestra America programs, has been a destination and set the standard for scholastic music ensemble performance and music education advocacy. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, Music for All’s mission is to create, provide, and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all. Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in their scholastic environment. Music for All’s programs include 30+ annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching band, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival and Affiliate Regional Music Festivals for concert bands, orchestra, jazz and percussion ensembles and national honor bands and orchestras.
Music for All Sponsors
Music for All efforts are supported through sponsorships, including current partnerships with National Presenting Sponsor: Yamaha Corporation of America; Official Uniform Sponsor: Fred J. Miller, Inc.; Official Student Travel Partner: Music Travel Consultants; Official Performance Equipment Sponsor: Wenger Corporation; Corporate Sponsors: Ball State University, United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corp, Zildjian and Vic Firth Company, Visit Indy and the City of Indianapolis, Wells Fargo, and Strategic Advocacy Partner: NAMM; Associate Sponsors: Delivra, Vandoren, Showcase International, Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, REMO, Tresona Multimedia, and Woodwind & Brasswind. Music for All is also supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Ball Brothers Foundation, George and Frances Ball Foundation, and Lilly Endowment Inc.
By Andy Wilson
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana. – Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban will headline the annual Firestone Legends Day Concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 27, 2017, the day before the 101st Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Tickets sales began today, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at 10 a.m.
Urban’s songs have reached the top of the charts 21 times, most recently with current smash hit “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Urban has recorded eight studio albums and is the first male Country artist to debut atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia. He’s won both a People’s Choice Award and an American Music Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe. He’s also won eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, has had five consecutive platinum or multi-platinum albums and is a member of the famed Grand Ole Opry.
“Firestone Legends Day has become an awesome way to celebrate the night before the Indianapolis 500 each year and having Keith Urban headline this year’s concert is going to be fantastic,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “Keith’s many chart-topping Billboard hits, along with his appreciation for racing, will give thousands of spectators a can’t miss show to help celebrate the 101st Indy 500 Race Weekend.”
“The Firestone Legends Day concert has become a much anticipated Indianapolis 500 tradition, and we are excited to partner with the Speedway to bring superstar Keith Urban to the IMS stage,” said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “This event gives us the perfect platform to showcase the hard work and trusted dependability that make up the Firestone brand, and it allows us to connect with passionate country music fans in an engaging way.”
Dustin Lynch and Clayton Anderson will be special guests and fill out the full lineup.
Lynch’s self-titled debut album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. His lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” exceeded platinum sales status while earning Lynch a legion of devoted fans. “Cowboys and Angels” became a modern day country classic, ending the year as one of Billboard’s Top 5 Country Songs of 2012. Racking up over 25 million views on YouTube/VEVO, soaring to #1 on the MTV Music Meter and selling 2.4 million digital singles, the Tennessee native brings a fresh combination of traditional influences and edgy intensity to the genre. His sophomore album WHERE IT’S AT, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and has tallied over 750,000 tracks sold to date.
Over the past four years, southern Indiana native Clayton Anderson has managed to do the unthinkable – he’s cracked into country music backwards, independently and with a fury.
Anderson has released three albums, including his brand-new project, Only To Borrow. Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, this six song EP was written and produced by Clayton and some of music’s most talented writers, musicians and producers. The album’s first single, “In the Dark” garnered immediate streaming activity online and captured the attention of influential music playlist programmers. Armed with new music and an electric live show, Clayton Anderson is not only here to stay, but a force to be reckoned with.
General admission tickets for the concert start at $40 and access to the Firestone Concert Pit near the front of the stage is set for $75. Prices will increase closer to the concert date. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.ims.com or call (800) 822-INDY. Children 3 and under are free to the concert.
IMS ticketholders can sign up to receive pre-sale information by clicking here. Details will be communicated via email this week.
Fans with tickets for the Firestone Legends Day Concert will be admitted free to Legends Day activities. Admission to IMS on Legends Day will be $10 for adults, with children 15 and under free when accompanied by an adult.
Other featured events on Legends Day presented by Firestone include the annual Public Drivers’ Meeting on pit road adjacent to the Tower Terrace grandstand, autograph sessions with the Indianapolis 500 starting field of 33 drivers and former Indy 500 drivers and an Indianapolis 500 memorabilia show.
The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be held on Sunday, May 28, 2017.
By Scott Hall
The Center for the Performing Arts
CARMEL, IN – Each summer, the Great American Songbook Foundation brings together 40 of the nation’s top high school vocalists for its weeklong Songbook Academy® and competition. Only one is named Songbook Youth Ambassador for the coming year, performing with Foundation founder Michael Feinstein at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, for the first time, the foundation will welcome back all seven of its previous Ambassadors when the Center for the Performing Arts presents the inaugural Songbook Academy® All-Stars concert, a special evening of music at the Palladium in Carmel. Tickets are on sale now at TheCenterPresents.org/tickets.
The performers, most of whom have launched professional careers even while still in high school or college, will include:
· Julia Bonnett of Carmel, who was named the very first Songbook Youth Ambassador in 2009 and performed with Feinstein and David Hyde Pierce at the Center for the Performing Arts gala opening celebration in 2011; she has since appeared with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and Indiana Wind Symphony and played top roles at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre and Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre;
· Annie Yokom (2010) of Chicago, who has appeared in regional theater across the country and made her national television debut on Fox’s Prison Break;
· Nick Ziobro (2012) of Manlius, N.Y., who has appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and recorded his Feinstein-produced debut album, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, with help from guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, bassist Jay Leonhart and other jazz greats;
· Julia Goodwin (2013) of Baldwinsville, N.Y., who was featured on Michael Feinstein’s PBS New Year’s Eve special and has appeared on America’s Got Talent and ABC’s Inside Edition.
· Maddie Baillio (2014) of League City, Texas, who recently landed the coveted role of Tracy Turnblad in the upcoming NBC production Hairspray Live!, which airs Dec. 7 with a cast that also includes Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein, Martin Short and Ariana Grande;
· Lucas DeBard (2015) of Lebanon, Ind., who is studying music education and jazz at Indiana University and performed over the holidays at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City;
· Brighton Thomas (2016) of Burbank, Calif., who will perform throughout the U.S. over the coming year and make her NYC debut Dec. 16 at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Backed by bass, drums and piano, the singers will perform solo and in duets and trios with their peers, performing tunes that represent their current careers as well as their original Songbook Academy® performances.
The Songbook Academy® is the nation’s only summer music intensive for high school students that focuses solely on the timeless popular music of the early- to mid-20th century, including jazz standards, Broadway and Hollywood tunes and classic compositions by the great Tin Pan Alley songwriters.
The participants, selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide, experience workshops and master classes with world-class mentors, including Broadway veterans, Grammy winners, Emmy winners and educators from top college arts programs, led by five-time Grammy nominee Feinstein. The final competition performance takes place in the state-of-the art, acoustically superior Palladium concert hall for an audience of over 1,000 people.
Next year’s Songbook Academy® will take place July 15-22, 2017, at the Palladium in Carmel.
For more information, visit http://thecenterpresents.org/, or call 317-843-3800.
By Heidi Harmon
On behalf of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), one of Indianapolis’ most recognizable music education and choral, kicks off its 31st season this month.
Season tickets go on sale August 25, 2016, available at www.icchoir.org/tickets.
The 2016-2017 Indianapolis Children’s Choir season will be an introduction to a new artistic director, Joshua Pedde, as he takes over for longtime artistic director and founder, Henry Leck.
Pedde said, “From day one of the ICC’s founding, they’ve been known for excellence in choral music and participation in the major cultural events in the community. I will continue that legacy Henry created and help impact music education as much as I can.”
In its 31 years, the ICC has grown from two small choirs to one of the largest choral organizations of its kind, with nearly 20 choirs and many music classes serving more than 3,000 young people from ages 18 months to 18 years. The ICC impacts an additional 2,000 children through its Innovations program, which directly supports music in local schools. ICC singers have traveled to and performed on six continents and in some of the world’s most recognizable venues and events.
In addition to welcoming Pedde to the podium this season, the ICC will celebrate their commitment to educating young people and the power of community in choral music.
The Indianapolis Children’s Choir 31st season performance schedule, venue and choir information is as follows:
Friday, October 28, 2016 | 7pm
Music of the Night – Broadway UMC
Description: The ICC is joined by special guests Echoing Air for a family-friendly, not-so-spooky, Halloween concert. This is an ICC experience like no other!
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Lyric, Chamber, and the Neighborhood Choir Academy
Sunday, October 30, 2016 | 2:30 pm
Sweet Melodies: A Classical Afternoon – St. Joan of Arc Indianapolis
Description: ICC singers showcase music they performed at a recent visit to Carnegie Hall, including Mohammed Fairouz’s Zabur.
Participating Choirs: Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli, and Bel Canto
Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, 2016 | 7pm
Angels Sing – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: An Indianapolis Tradition! A chance to celebrate what we all believe during this magical time of year. Angelic voices fill the air and bring the holiday spirit to life. Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli and Bel Canto
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 12:30pm
Celebrate the Season – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: ICC’s younger ensembles and regional choirs present a holiday concert that will bring the meaning of the season to your heart.
Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Octavo, Boone County Children’s Choir, Carmel Children’s Choir, Fishers Children’s Choir, Franklin Children’s Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir, all Preparatory Choirs and the Neighborhood Choir Academy
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 3:00pm
Sounds of the Season – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and be enveloped in the spirit of the season.
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Kantorei, Lyric, and Chamber
Sunday, March 12, 2017| 3pm
Tapestry of Song – Hilbert Circle Theatre
Description: Hear the ICC’s younger voices harken back to the era of swing and big band in this fun-filled performance!
Participating Choirs: Kantorei, Lyric, Chamber, Octavo, Boone County Children’s Choir, Carmel Children’s Choir, Fishers Children’s, Franklin Children’s Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir, and the Neighborhood Choir Academy
Sunday, March 12, 2017| 7pm
Voices of Youth – Hilbert Circle Theatre
Description: The ICC transforms the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage into a 1940’s dance hall in this celebration of swing and big band music!
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli, and Bel Canto
Saturday May 13, 2017| 3pm & 7pm
In Harmony – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: Hear the sounds of the ICC as they highlight music from around the world with special guests the New World Symphony Orchestra.
3pm Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Lyric, Boone County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Franklin Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, and Henry County Preparatory Choir
7pm Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Kantorei, Octavo, Carmel Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Fishers Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Butler Preparatory Choirs and the Neighborhood Choir Academy
Sunday May 21, 2017 l 3 pm
Hear Our Song- Christel DeHaan Center (tentative location)
Description: The ICC’s most experienced singers are celebrated and honored for their dedication to the highest level of choral performance.
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce
Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 7pm
Choral Festival – Clowes Memorial Hall
Description: An incredible concert that showcases both older and younger singers of the ICC. Choral Fest campers, singing songs they mastered in just five days, share the stage with several hundred ICC singers. Simply amazing!
Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Kantorei, Lyric, Chamber, and Festival Singers
Individual tickets will go on sale October 12, 2016
About Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Currently in its 31st season, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir has grown to become one of the largest children’s choirs in the world. Founded by Artistic Director Emeritus Henry Leck and currently led by Joshua Pedde, the ICC serves more than 5,000 Central Indiana children from pre-school age through high school. The Indianapolis Children’s Choir nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance. For more information, visit http://icchoir.org/
By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.
Fourth of July weekend
Indy’s most popular fireworks show and festival – the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast – returns to the grounds of the Indiana War Memorial July 4. More than 20,000 people are expected to be Downtown on Veterans Memorial Plaza and American Legion Mall from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. The fireworks will launch from the Regions Bank Tower at 10 p.m. (North and Michigan streets will be closed throughout the day and New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Delaware streets surrounding the Regions Bank Tower will be closed 9:30 – 10:15 p.m. during the fireworks show.)
Crowds will gather for many music festivities including the Indiana Historical Society’s patriotic-themed Concerts on the Canal July 4 from 5 – 9:30 p.m. The two-day INDYpendance Day Concert for Cancer is back on Georgia Street July 2 & 3 from 2 – 10 p.m. with headliners Ludacris, Awolnation, Kongos and more. On July 1, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform a one-night only concert Star Spangled Symphony at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State and The Doo! are playing at the Rathskeller Biergarten July 4. The Indianapolis City Market hosts Party of the Plaza July 4 from 7 – 11 p.m. complete with corn hole, checkers, sidewalk chalk and a great view of the Downtown fireworks.
IBE Summer Celebration
The Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration returns July 7 – 17. The 46th running of Summer Celebration includes business seminars, an employment fair, concerts and more. More than 80,000 attendees will take part in events at various locations Downtown, with most events taking place at the Indiana Convention Center. The FREE Music Heritage Festival takes place Friday, July 15 at American Legion. Music Heritage Festival II takes Place Saturday, July 16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Downtown gets festive
There’s still time to enjoy some of Downtown Indy’s best summer festivals. Saturday, July 2 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., the Taste of Indy will present an assortment of Asian, Soul, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic and American food on Monument Circle. Tickets are $6 in advance or FREE for kids 6 and younger.
The Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival, taking place Saturday, July 9 starting at 9 a.m., offers cyclists a unique opportunity to race the city streets that they would rarely do otherwise. Families and bicyclists will also enjoy many of the activities taking place throughout the day including food and beer vendors, music, expo area, free community rides, free Kids Zone activities, BMX stunt shows, kids and juniors bicycle races and more. This festival is FREE to attend.
Step into the West at the Eiteljorg Museum’s West Fest on July 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This festival is a family event featuring entertainers, animals, food and family fun. Tickets are included with museum admission.
On July 30 from 3 – 7 p.m., the Indiana Microbrewers Festival will showcase more than 100 breweries all in one location – Military Park. Tickets are $40 general admission, $60 for early bird entry and $10 designated driver.
Take in the sights and sounds of summer
Summer concerts are officially here and national and local artists alike will bring Downtown to life this summer. Two big names are coming Downtown this month. Coldplay performs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on July 20. Also at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Twenty One Pilots on July 31.
Enjoy nine concerts at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park this month: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra July 1; “Weird Al” Yankovic July 7; Barenaked Ladies July 8; Sublime with Rome July 16; Peter Frampton & Gregg Allman July 20; WTTS Rock on the River with The Head and the Heart July 25; Bush and Chevelle July 26; Tedeschi Truck Band o July 27; and Halsey July 29.
The Indianapolis Zoo’s Zoolapalooza series continues for two more Friday nights: July 1 & 8. Another Zoo concert series – Animals and All That Jazz – kicks off July 7 and continues Thursday nights through Aug. 4.
Two big names are coming to the Cabaret: catch Rumer Willis July 22 &23 and John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey July 29.
Cheer the Fever, join the Tribe
Catch one (or more) of the 15 Indianapolis Indians home games at Victory Field this month. On July 4, enjoy two firework shows following the games (the Indians’ own firework show plus the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast). There are four chances to catch the Indiana Fever at home: July 1, 13, 15 & 19. The Indy Eleven play at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium July 9, 13 & 23.
Georgia Street action continues
Workout Wednesdays strengthened by Indiana University Health continue through the end of July on Georgia Street’s west block. Downtown Indy, Inc. partners with the YMCA to provide fun, all-levels hip hop classes weekly from noon – 12:45 p.m. New this year: Sunrise Yoga on the Canal in partnership with Invoke Studio takes place Wednesday mornings from 6 – 6:45 a.m. on the Vermont Street Plaza.
Downtown residents and workers are invited to wind down the week during Happy Hour Thursdays on Georgia Street. Every Thursday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., enjoy music from RadioNow DJs, appetizers from the Severin Bar and domestic beers and craft brews. This event is free to attend, but everyone must be 21 or older.
Eat lunch alfresco on the Boardwalk and enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown during Food Truck Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.downtownindy.org/ or call 317-237-2222.