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“Kinky Boots” at Clowes Hall, May 16-21, 2017

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“Kinky Boots” at Clowes Hall, May 16-21-, 2017.
Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Broadway in Indianapolis

Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

KINKY BOOTS opens at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, Tuesday, May 16 and runs through Sunday, May 21, 2017, for a limited engagement. Tickets are available in person at Clowes Memorial Hall, the Old National Centre Ticket Office, online at BroadwayinIndianapolis.com, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.

Music for All National Festival, Mar. 9-11, 2017

February 26, 2017 1 comment
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Hilbert Circle Theatre is one of several venues hosting events during this festival. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

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.orgmusicforall.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.orgmusicforall.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.orgmusicforall.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.

Indianapolis Children’s Choir Open Audition Dates @indycchoir

January 10, 2017 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Children’s Choir.
Photo provided by the choir and used with written permission.

2017 season opens with opportunity for new singers, preparation for upcoming performances

By Jade Schwarting
Bohlsen Group

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) kicks off 2017 with the opportunity for new singers to join the group.

Children who didn’t audition for a group at the start of the 2016-2017 school year are welcome to schedule a time to do so beginning in January. Auditions are necessary for singers in grades 4 through 12 and require no formal preparation, students should simply be prepared to match pitch and sing some scales. Early Childhood and Preparatory classes for singers aged 18 months to 3rd grade are also open for enrollment in January 2017.

A full listing of groups and information about how to join or audition is available on the ICC’s website.

The second half of the group’s 31st season also includes Music in Our Schools Month, a celebration of children’s music education throughout the month of March. The ICC uses music to cultivate life skills in young people and has seen the power of music in developing strong adults.”

“As Music in Our Schools Month approaches, we want to as many children as possible to have the opportunity to engage in music programs,” said Artistic Director Joshua Pedde. “These open auditions are an opportunity to reach new students and develop their love for music.”

In addition to welcoming new members, the groups are also preparing for the season’s upcoming shows. The performance schedule, venue and choir information is as follows:

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

Tickets can be purchased at https://icchoir.org/2016-2017-season/.

Butler Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at Clowes Hall, Dec. 1-4, 2016

November 15, 2016 Leave a comment
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Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

INDIANAPOLIS – Fans of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker will get an extra opportunity to see the classic holiday ballet this year when ButlerBallet presents six performances December 1 through 4, 2016, in Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Show times are: Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 PM; Friday, December 2, at 8:00 PM; Saturday, December 3, at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; and Sunday, December 4, at noon and 5:00 PM. The second show on Sunday is a new addition, allowing each of the show’s two casts three opportunities to perform the major roles.

Tickets start at $24.50. They are on sale through Ticketmaster, the Clowes Hall box office, 317-940-6444, and http://butlerartscenter.org/.

The 2016 performances of The Nutcracker will feature 37 young dancers from the central Indiana community and all 114 students in Butler’s Dance program accompanied by the Butler Ballet Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir under the direction of Richard Auldon Clark.

“We’re really excited about this year,” said Larry Attaway, Chair of Butler University’s Dance Department. “For us, it’s always new because the dancers are all new to their roles, but it will always be the holiday classic that the ButlerBallet is famous for presenting. You’ll recognize everything.”

Audiences will see some new choreography by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Rosanna Ruffo, who will devise the movements for the Grand Pas de Deux and the Mother Ginger scenes, and Dance Professor Cynthia Pratt, who will choreograph the Snow scene.

For the first time in several years, the role of Clara will be danced by a student from the community. Chloe Andry, 12, from Noblesville, will take on the part.

“Chloe came to the Butler Community Arts School’s summer intensive program,” Attaway said. “She’s doing wonderfully well, and she’s incredibly mature.”

Attaway said this year’s Nutcracker is particularly strong because the students have been working together as an ensemble since the beginning of the school year. All 114 dance majors performed Pratt’s Riverrun Revisited at Indianapolis’ Brookside Park in September. This site-specific work was the department’s latest installment of the Streamlines project, part of a National Science Foundation grant that paired artists and scientists to explore scientific concepts and concerns about human intervention of the waterways in Indianapolis.

That experience created an incredible bond among the dancers, Attaway said. They became a cohesive company in a short time.

“We’re really ready for The Nutcracker,” he said. “It’s going to be great.”

Community dancers: Mya Adams, Fortville, age 11, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Maya Adkins, Greenwood, age 13; Tippy Toes; Chloe Andry, Noblesville, age 12, Ballerinas Academy of dance; Kate Barker, Noblesville, age 12, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Julia Brookshire, Indianapolis, age 15, Tippy Toes; Avalynn Bullerdick, Indianapolis, age 10, Curtain Call; Abby Burnette, Noblesville, age 11, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Hazel Derloshon, Greenwood, age 9, The Dance Company of Indianapolis; Maggie Derloshon, Greenwood, age 12, The Dance Company of Indianapolis; Abigail Dirrim, Avon, age 10, Dance Legacy; Delaney Engelking, Indianapolis, age 10, Tippy Toes; Sophia Estka, McCordsville, age 11, Indianapolis School of Ballet; Joshua Fairchild, Plainfield, age 12, Dance Connection; Elaina Fletcher, Brownsburg, age 10, Dance Legacy; Gabrielle Hadad, Indianapolis, age 9, Indianapolis Ballet conservatory; Clifford Huehls, Indianapolis, age 6, Indiana Ballet Conservatory; Wednesday Jarvis, Greenwood, age 8, Starlight Dance Academy; Shaylee Navarrette, Plainfield, age 13, Infinity Dance Academy; Shelby Parker, Plainfield, age 10, Premier Academy of the Performing Arts; Quinn Potter, Indianapolis, age 8, Indianapolis School of Ballet; Daniel Pratt, Indianapolis, age 7; Indianapolis School of Ballet; Athena Reel, Indianapolis, age 9, Dance Legacy; Adriana Reel, Indianapolis, age 8, Dance Legacy; Mallory Sisk, Indianapolis, age 9, Dance Legacy; Ava Stiefel, Fishers, age 9, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Karla Suazo, Indianapolis, age 14, Dance Legacy; Erin Wagner, Indianapolis, age 9, Dance Refinery; Maura Wheeler, Indianapolis, age 8, Fox Hill; Mariah Wilson, Speedway, age 9, Dance Legacy; Meeka Wojciechowski, Brownsburg, age 6, Sister Act Dance Academy.

Indianapolis Children’s Choir 2016-17 Season

August 19, 2016 Leave a comment
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Clowes Memorial Hall hosts the ICC on June 15, 2017.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

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/