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“A Night in India” at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, June 9-10, 2017

May 10, 2017 1 comment

Image provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Michael Davidson
On behalf of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents A NIGHT IN INDIA at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, June 9-10, 2017 at 7 pm.

India keeps drawing Mr. Hancock back to its vibrant landscape and culture. After arriving home to Carmel, Indiana last December after his seventh trip to India, GHDT’s Artistic Director Mr. Gregory Hancock is as energized as ever to share his experiences and inspirational discoveries with theater audiences.

“The scope and variety of Indian arts are vast and diverse, and I feel I have only tapped into an extremely small portion of them. I want to share my appreciation for this culture with our GHDT audiences,” Mr. Hancock explains.

The intriguing stories of India’s art, culture and history will forever provoke his thoughts and its richness has naturally sparked his imagination once again to create a work of art filled with stunning music, dance, costumes and theatre sets.

This production will capture the beauty and diversity of this interesting country. As choreographer and storyteller, Mr. Hancock will premiere new works during this performance in addition to presenting other popular company repertoire pieces with Indian flare.

A mix of Eastern and Western music and dance will complement the romantic and dramatic tales of this region. As costumer, he is selecting, designing and constructing costumes and jewelry to enhance the visual authenticity of the evening. As teacher, he will inspire and direct over 20 professional and pre-professional dancers to bring their artistry to the stage.

As artistic director, he will mold all theatrical elements into a one breathtaking 2-hour experience. This is a must-see performance at The Tarkington that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

To complement the evening, an Indian Market will be open in the theatre’s lobby prior to each performance.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident professional dance company at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

For more information, visit, or call 317-844-2660. Tickets: 317-843-3800.

“SuperHero” at The Tarkington, April 14-15, 2017

March 19, 2017 1 comment

James Gilmer soars about the Tarkington stage as Jesus of Nazareth in the 2016 production of SuperHero. staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Michael Davidson
On behalf of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents SUPERHERO; a story of a man called Jesus at The Tarkington (in the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre building) at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, April 14-15, 2017.

Back by popular demand for the fourth consecutive year and now becoming an annual Holy Week tradition, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s SUPERHERO; the story of a man called Jesus is an experience of unprecedented emotion and is the must ‘see of the season.

This critically acclaimed, full-length modern ballet brings to life the struggles of Jesus Christ and the women surrounding him, as well as his complicated relationship with Judas Iscariot.

A story of betrayal, trust, sacrifice and great love, SUPERHERO; the story of a man called Jesus is masterfully set to modern music and movement and is an emotional roller coaster from the first pulsating rhythms to the final sweeping notes.

With world-class dancers, choreography and costumes, Artistic Director Gregory Hancock skillfully draws audiences into the poignant emotion of Jesus’s story, while evoking the universality of Jesus’s message and teachings.

SUPERHERO; the story of a man called Jesus is considered one of GHDT’s signature works and has been lauded as “exquisite,” “captivating from start to finish,” and “a most moving portrayal of The Passion.”

$37.50 to $42.50

The Tarkington, 3 Center Green, Carmel, Indiana

Friday, April 14, 2017, at 7 pm
Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 7 pm


Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident professional dance company at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

2016-17 Season at The Center for the Performing Arts


The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Anne O’Brien
The Center for the Performing Arts

The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana announces its 2016-2017 season, presented by Allied Solutions. Highlights include:

* Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
* Alan Cumming
* The Yellowjackets
* Sara Evans
* Havana Cuba All-Stars
* Lang Lang
* Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
* Anoushka Shankar
* Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
* Joan Baez
* Official Blues Brothers Revue

Subscriptions on sale Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Carmel, Ind. (April 25, 2016) – President and CEO Tania Castroverde Moskalenko and Artistic Director Michael Feinstein today unveiled the 2016-17 Season, presented by Allied Solutions, during a special gathering at the Palladium for subscribers and donors.

The 2016-17 season at the Center for the Performing Arts will feature six subscription series, including: Printing Partners Classical, The Stratford Songbook, Jazz, Country, World Stage and Dance. In addition, the Center will present Drewry Simmons Vornehm Pop/Blues/Folk, University of Indianapolis Spotlight, Family and Holiday performances.

Highlights of the season includes performances by Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Alan Cumming, the Yellowjackets, Sara Evans, Havana Cuba All-Stars, Lang Lang, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Anoushka Shankar, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Joan Baez, and the Official Blues Brothers Revue and more.

The Center’s annual Songbook Celebration Gala presented by Krieg DeVault returns in October and the second annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza returns in December.

New this year, the Center has increased subscriber benefits. Now, save 20-30% on tickets in a subscription series, and 15% on Create Your Own series. The 15-20% subscriber discount can be applied to any additional performances throughout the Center Presents 2016-17 season presented by Allied Solutions, including just-added performances.

“The Center has prepared a sensational lineup awaiting your discovery. From powerful classical recitals and orchestral performances, to exhilarating Songbook and Broadway showcases, from hand-clapping and foot-stomping pop rock, and blues bands, to awe-inspiring family friendly presentations, the season ahead is filled with incredible talent and flair. We look forward to sharing the season with the community and will continue, as always, to announce new performances throughout the year,” said Moskalenko.

Subscriptions are on sale Tuesday, April 26, beginning at 6 a.m. online and 10 a.m at the Palladium box office window and by phone at 317-843-3800 or toll-free at 877-909-2787. The season lineup will be outlined in full on the Center for the Performing Arts’

“The 2016-17 Season presented by Allied Solutions” includes:
Printing Partners Classical Series

Lang Lang
Tue., September 27 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Russian String Orchestra
Sat., October 29 at 8pm | The Palladium

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Fri., December 9 at 8pm | The Palladium

Prague Philharmonia Orchestra
Fri., January 20 at 8pm | The Palladium

Venice Baroque Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti, Violin
Sat., February 18 at 8pm | The Palladium

Direct from Kiev, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Fri., March 3 at 8pm | The Palladium

The Stratford Songbook Series
2016 Songbook Academy Finals
Sat., July 23 at 7pm | The Palladium

Up, Up, & Away: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. and The Next Dimension
Fri., September 23 at 8pm | The Palladium

Alan Cumming
Sat., December 3 at 8pm | The Palladium

Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway”
Sat., January 21 at 8pm | The Palladium

Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra:
By George! The Pops Play Gershwin
Sun., April 2 at 7pm | The Palladium

Michael Feinstein with Special Guest
Sat., April 29 at 8pm | The Palladium

Jazz Series

Arturo Sandoval
Fri. September 30 at 8pm | The Palladium

Dr. John “The Spirit of Satch”
with Nicholas Payton
Sat., November 19 at 8pm | The Palladium

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Mon., December 5 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

The Yellowjackets
Fri., February 24 at 8pm | The Palladium

Joey Alexander Trio
Sat., March 25 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels Featuring Bill Frisell
with Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland & Greg Leisz
Thur., April 20 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Country Series A

Scotty McCreery
Fri., September 9 at 8pm | The Palladium

LeAnn Rimes
Sun., October 2 at 7pm | The Palladium

Sara Evans
Fri., February 3 at 8pm | The Palladium

The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, and “Ranger Doug” Green
Fri., April 28 at 8pm | The Palladium

More Country Music! This year, the Center is adding more country performances and offering two Country Series packages. Subscribe now to the Country Series A. Stay tuned later this season for an additional package, Country Series B, for even more artists and discounts!

World Stage Series

Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz
Sun., September 25 at 7pm | The Palladium

Havana Cuba All-Stars
Fri., November 4 at 8pm | The Palladium

Danú: An Evening of Celtic Music
Fri., March 10 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Anoushka Shankar
Fri., March 24 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Simon Shaheen
Sat., April 8 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Dance Series

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
September 23 & 24 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Koresh Dance Company
25th Anniversary Celebration
November 11 & 12 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Russian National Ballet Theatre
January 13 & 14 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Ballet Hispanico
March 17 & 18 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Drewry Simmons Vornehm Pop/Blues/Folk Performances

The Official Blues Brothers Revue
Sat., August 27 at 8pm | The Palladium

George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Sat., September 17 at 8pm | The Palladium

An Evening with Joan Baez
Thur., October 20 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

R.E.M.’s Mike Mills’ Concerto
for Violin, Rock Band, and Orchestra
Sat., November 5 at 8pm | The Palladium

“1964 the Tribute” – Celebrating the Beatles
Sat., February 17 at 8pm | The Palladium

Family Performances

Leela – The Divine Play
Sat., October 1 at 7pm | The Tarkington

Shaolin Warriors
Sat., March 18 at 8pm | The Palladium

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE!
Sun., April 23 at 1pm & 4pm | The Palladium

CNO Financial Indiana Music Series

Purdue Glee Club & Purduettes
Sat., September 24 at 8pm | The Palladium

University of Indianapolis Spotlight Performances

Reduced Shakespeare Co.
The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Edition
Fri., September 30 at 8pm | The Tarkington

Jake Shimabukuro
Mon., November 7 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Five Irish Tenors
Sat., February 4 at 8pm | The Palladium

Vienna Boys Choir
Sat., March 4 at 8pm | The Palladium

Holiday Performances

Sandi Patty Christmas
Fri., December 2 at 8pm | The Palladium

Dave Koz & Friends Holiday
Thur., December 8 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Home Free Holiday
Thur., December 15 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

Special Events

2016 Songbook Celebration Gala presented by Krieg DeVault
Sat., October 15 | The Palladium

New Years Eve Extravaganza
Sat., December 31 at 8pm | The Palladium

“SUPERHERO” at The Tarkington, Mar. 25-26, 2016

March 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s “Superhero.” Photo credit: Karl Zemlin. Photo provided by Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and used with written permission.

By Dheepa Maturi
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

So much can happen in one week. So much can change.

During Easter weekend Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (GHDT) will portray the monumental events that marked one week — the last week of Jesus Christ’s life — in SUPERHERO: the story of a man called Jesus.

Back for the third consecutive year by popular demand, this critically acclaimed, full-length modern ballet brings to life the struggles of Jesus Christ and the women surrounding him, as well as his complicated relationship with Judas Iscariot. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 25-26, 2016 at The Tarkington, 3 Center Green, Carmel, Indiana.

With world class dancers, award winning choreography, vivid costuming, and contemporary music, artistic director Gregory Hancock skillfully draws audiences into the poignant emotion of Jesus’s story, while evoking the universality of Jesus’s message and teachings.

A particularly striking feature of the performance is the original set design utilizing texts from the Gospels written in Greek, Latin, Aramaic and English, reinforcing the feeling of a tale belonging in any time and any place.

SUPERHERO features talented guest artists James Gilmer as Jesus and Liang Fu as Judas Iscariot, as well as GHDT company dancers Sarah Sigman as Mother Mary and Hannah Brown as Mary Magdalene.

Considered one of GHDT’s signature works, SUPERHERO has been described as a “whirl of energy . . .through color, light, movement, and sound” and is a timeless retelling of the story of a man who changed history and the world around him forever.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident professional dance company at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

For additional information about this performance, contact Kirsten Ferger at 317-844-2660.

For information about Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, visit

Center for the Performing Arts Announces 2014-15 Season

June 18, 2014 Leave a comment
Carmel Palladium

Carmel Palladium. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By John Hughey
The Center for the Performing Arts

Center for the Performing Arts announces 2014-15 season

Highlights include Tony Bennett, Itzhak Perlman, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Wynton Marsalis

Subscriptions on sale now

Carmel, Ind. (June 17, 2014) – President and CEO Tania Castroverde Moskalenko unveiled the 2014-15 season at the Center for the Performing Arts – home of the Palladium. The new season represents multiple series, including Country, Printing Partners Classical, The Stratford Songbook, Taft Law Jazz & Blues, Coca-Cola World Stage, and The Buck Group Dance. In addition to the six series, the Center will present Drewry Simmons Vornehm Pop & Rock, Spotlight, Holiday, and CNO Financial Group Family shows.

Highlights from the new season include the incomparable Tony Bennett, composer and songwriter extraordinaire Randy Newman, the full-length classical ballet Sleeping Beauty, the up-and-coming Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids, George Benson in a tribute to Nat King Cole, the historic return of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea in a rare duo performance, country superstar Martina McBride, holiday shows by Dave Koz, George Winston, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, as well as an appearance by the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman, among other must-see artists.

Subscriptions are on sale June 17 at the Palladium box office window, by phone at 317-843-3800, or toll-free at 877-909-2787, and online at The season lineup is outlined on the Center for the Performing Arts’ website: As a non-profit arts and cultural organization, the Center for the Performing Arts relies on subscription sales, generous individual gifts, and sponsorships to fulfill its mission to welcome, engage, inspire and transform.

2014-2015 Center Presents Season

The Stratford Songbook Series

Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition
Friday, July 25, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium

A new generation of Songbook stars is revealed in nationwide regional competitions sponsored by the Great American Songbook Initiative.  Those young artists who are selected to participate in a week of intensive mentoring in Carmel show their talent in the final competition to select the 2014 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador.  In addition to a monetary stipend, the ambassador earns the opportunity to perform with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award nominated entertainer and founder of the Feinstein Initiative, Michael Feinstein. Join Michael Feinstein for this show and be inspired and awed by the accomplishments of the next generation of Songbook artists.

Tommy Tune:  Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales
Accompanied by his music director, Michael Biagi on piano
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

In Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales, Broadway’s tallest tapper takes to the world’s smallest stage, dancing, singing and tale-telling through 50 years of big time showmanship – all on only 4 square feet. “You have to see it to believe it.”  – P.T. Barnum


George Benson
Inspiration:  A Tribute to Nat King Cole
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium

In his four-decade career, George Benson has garnered ten Grammy Awards, been heralded as an unparalleled jazz guitarist, and a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication.  Benson brings heartfelt renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs and will perform with an orchestra.  The evening is a tribute to Nat and his memorable voice in music, and for his creation of a timeless body of work that continues to inspire artists around the world.


Tony Bennett with Very Special Guest Antonia Bennett
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

As timeless and treasured as the songs he made famous, Tony Bennett has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, including 10 million in the last 10 years. “My ambition is to actually sound better as I get older. It’s all about meaning it more, giving it more depth,” Bennett says. His “Duets II” album  (à Italics AND quotes? Just checking) debuted at No. 1, making him the only recording artist in history to achieve this at age 85!

Randy Newman
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 7pm, Palladium

Randy Newman has long been one of the most musically and lyrically ambitious singer-songwriters in popular music.  His songwriting success includes other artists popularizing his work:  Three Dog Night had a hit with “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” and Joe Cocker scored with the hilariously lascivious “You Can Leave Your Hat On.”  (àPunctuation to be moved inside quote) Newman’s own Top 40 success came with the most unlikely track, “Short People.”  Other hits include “It’s Money That I Love” and “I Love L.A.”  He has been a prolific film composer, a regular Academy Award nominee and an Oscar winner for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc.  Among his notable scores are Ragtime, The Natural, Parenthood, Awakenings, Avalon, Pleasantville and Leatherheads.  In recent years, he has specialized in composing for a range of critically acclaimed blockbuster family films, including, Toy Story, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Cars.  Though Newman projects the image of a misanthrope in his own work, he summons tremendous warmth and tenderness in the songs he created for these movies.

Michael Feinstein with Marilyn Maye
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7pm, Palladium

A concert evening featuring multi-platinum, five-time Grammy and two-time Emmy nominee, Michael Feinstein.  He will perform favorites from the Great American Songbook.

The Buck Group Dance Series

Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8pm, Tarkington
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8pm, Tarkington

An evening of visually stunning and highly emotive works from Mexico’s premiere contemporary choreographer. All ticket holders are invited to enjoy a Q&A with the artistic director and dancers immediately following the performance.


Made in Mexico (Hecho en Mexico)

Waters of Forgetfulness, 1998 (Las Aguas del Olvido)

Ex-stasis, 2010


Diavolo:  “Architecture in Motion”
Jacques Heim, Artistic Director
Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8pm, Tarkington
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8pm, Tarkington

Brace yourself for a full-throttle evening of entertainment that combines the artistry and beauty of dance with the power and gravity-defying feats of world champion stunt performers, gymnasts, and martial artists.  Thrilling and playful, Diavolo creates a powerful and provocative production that will amaze you.  Internationally renowned for the unique way in which they reinvent dance, re-imagine theatre, and redefine thrills, Diavolo takes movement, athletics, and daring to the extreme, creating abstract narratives about the human experience using surreal architectural set pieces.


Transit Space



Russian National Ballet Theatre
The Sleeping Beauty
Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8pm, Tarkington
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8pm, Tarkington
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3pm, Tarkington

The crown jewel of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, The Sleeping Beauty is the magical fairy tale of the beautiful, sleeping princess who awaits the kiss of her prince. Brought to life by one of Moscow’s finest ballet companies, this enchanting tale is set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. A grand theme of good versus evil, the ballet is about the story of Aurora, who has been cursed since birth by the evil fairy Carabosse. After pricking her finger on a spindle, the princess and her whole kingdom fall into a deep sleep that will last one hundred years until she is saved by the brave prince, Désiré.  Performed by a company that is dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet.

Youth America Grand Prix
Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow
Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3pm, Palladium

Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide.  We present YAPG (àSpelling: the P and G are swapped) finalists and stars of the world’s leading dance companies in a thrilling evening of classical ballet excerpts.  YAGP’s level of reputation as a showcase for dance students from America and abroad is such that even passing the preliminary round to be selected to participate in the New York City Finals gives a participant an important distinction and a boost to their professional dance career.

Taft Law Jazz & Blues Series


Al Jarreau
Saturday, September 20 at 8pm, Palladium


Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style is one of the world’s most precious treasures.  He has garnered  seven Grammy Awards across jazz, pop and R&B genres and scores of international music awards. Known for acclaimed albums, the theme from Moonlighting and his most recognizable hit, “We’re In This Love Together,” Jarreau always finds new ways to mix things up and maintain his signature sound as “the voice of versatility.”

Big Band Holidays:  Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Cécile McLorin Salvant
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium 

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant will add soul and swing to the holiday season.  Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestrais composed of 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists under the leadership of musical director and trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis.

Cécile McLorin Salvant has exploded on the jazz scene as a masterful interpreter of song, with a canny ability to select unique and rarely performed repertoire. A rising star in the jazz scene, Salvant joins the orchestra for an evening of big band holiday jazz at its best.

Stanley Clarke Trio
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 7pm, Palladium

Four-time Grammy winner Stanley Clarke has achieved “living legend” status and he is known as the liberator of the electric and acoustic basses.  Clarke has been a constant force of nature in American music since the early 1970s with the success of the jazz-fusion group Return To Forever.  He has the distinction of being the first bassist in history to headline sold-out world tours and have gold albums. He was also the first to double on acoustic and electric bass with equal virtuosity and ferocity.   Clarke has received Emmy nominations for his film scores, and he was Rolling Stone’s very first Jazzman of the Year and bassist winner of Playboy’s Music Award for ten straight years. Clarke was honored with Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of Guitar Player Magazine’s “Gallery of Greats.”


Dee Dee Bridgewater:  A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

Using music from her double Grammy Award winning CD, Dear Ella, Dee Dee Bridgewater sings the songs of the great jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.  This dazzling tribute to her musical mentor, Ella Fitzgerald, garnered two Grammy Awards for “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” and “Best Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocals.”.

Wayne Shorter Quartet
Featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

One of the most influential saxophonists and composers in the pantheon of modern music, let alone jazz, Wayne Shorter celebrates a legendary career spanning more than half a century.  His Wayne Shorter Quartet live performances are called “exercises in superlative overload.”  Calling it “the most skillful, mutually attuned and fearlessly adventurous small jazz group on the planet,” the UK Guardian said that the quartet “celebrates humanity’s hope for harmony.”  Shorter is joined by pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade, all virtuosos and bandleaders in their own right.  Their new Blue Note album, Without a Net, is his first for the label in over four decades and is an astounding document of an artist reaching and exploring, still very much at the peak of his powers. The session netted Shorter 2013 DownBeat magazine Critics Poll wins for Jazz Album, Jazz Group, Soprano Saxophone and Jazz Artist of the Year.

Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

For over half a century, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea have been blazing their own paths of artistic innovation at the keyboard. From the great Miles Davis bands of the 60’s, to the stadium-filling, genre-shattering Headhunters and Return to Forever of the 70’s, to the unparalleled, award-winning careers ever since.  Hancock and Corea are among the most important influences on jazz—and beyond—of our time.  In a rare and historic duo performance, jazz royalty will reign on the Palladium stage as they come together for a very special evening of music.


Spotlight Shows


The 5 Browns
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

Classics and popular show tunes with a fresh energy and dynamic character played with 440 keys and 45 feet of piano.  The 5 Browns have the distinction of being the only family of five to be simultaneously accepted at Juilliard.


Sweet Honey In The Rock® – 40th Anniversary
Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this renowned Grammy nominated a cappella quintet in a fiery and engaging blend of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music. This show will be sign language interpreted.


Ethan Bortnick
Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium

Ethan Bortnick, the youngest performer ever to headline his own concert tour, will bring his captivating new family music special to the Palladium.  At only 13 years old, Ethanhas already moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer and entertainer. In 2011, he made history as the youngest entertainer to headline a show in Las Vegas.


Jim Belushi & The Board of Comedy
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 7pm, Palladium

Spend a hilarious evening with actor and comedian, Jim Belushi, as he and some friends bring their brand-new sketch comedy show to the Palladium. With more than 30 years of experience and an alumnus of “Saturday Night Live” and Chicago’s famed Second City, Belushi is now bringing to the stage an improvised comedy show that features members of the Chicago Board of Comedy.


The Priests
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30pm, Palladium

The Priests released their eponymously-titled debut album in 2008 and their career instantly reached the heavens.  Album sales secured them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest-selling classical debut ever.  They have sung to audiences that include the British Royal Family and the Irish President.  They were nominated for Classical Brit Awards for Classical Album of the Year for three consecutive years and in 2010, they shared a stage with Pope Benedict XIV in London’s Hyde Park.  The Priests are three Roman Catholic priests from Northern Ireland.


Holiday Shows


George Winston
Thursday, November 20 at 7:30pm, Tarkington 

“Innovative, celebrated and accomplished.  Winston is the real deal.”  RAB, Toledo City Paper

Inspired by the seasons and topographies, George Winston plays over 100 solo concerts a year.  His concerts feature a variety of styles, including melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B piano, and stride piano.  He performs songs from his seasonal favorites AUTUMN, DECEMBER, WINTER INTO SPRING, and SUMMER, as well as Peanuts pieces from his Vince Guaraldi tribute albums LINUS & LUCY –THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, and LOVE WILL COME-THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, VOL. 2, and more.


Celtic Thunder Symphony Tour
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 7:30pm, Palladium

This will be the first ever Symphony Tour for Celtic Thunder, who will depart from their traditional and critically-acclaimed large set productions to perform songs from their 2013 chart-topping album Christmas Voices in a dynamic live music experience accentuated by the instrumentals of a full symphony orchestra.  Holiday favorites and their signature hits will be featured.


Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2014
With special guests Jonathan Butler, Christopher Cross and Maysa
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium

While jolly ol’ St. Nick is busy making his list and checking it twice, Santa Koz is coming to town. Multi-GRAMMY® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz has become synonymous with the season, thanks to his high-energy holiday tour, which celebrates its 17th anniversary this year. “Dave Koz = Christmas,” said the El Paso Times and assured readers, “There really is a…Santa Koz,” calling the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas tour “a must see show.”


Printing Partners Classical Series


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Jonathan Biss, piano
Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 8pm, Palladium

This celebrated conductor-less ensemble continues its tradition of collaboration with the world’s finest soloists.  Pianist Jonathan Biss reveals his commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts that have garnered critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences.

ROSSINI               Overture to “Cambiale di Matrimonio”

BEETHOVEN      Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 (à the “M” in  “minor” should be lowercase)

ZWILICH             “Prologue and Variations”

POULENC            “Sinfonietta”


Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Pavel Kogan, conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

An all-Tchaikovsky evening with one of the foremost interpreters of classic Russian composers.

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet overture-fantasy [final version 1880], TH 42c

TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36


Emerson String Quartet
Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

Declared “America’s greatest quartet” by Time Magazine, this ensemble is praised worldwide for its insightful performances, dynamic artistry, and technical mastery.  The quartet has garnered eight Grammy Awards including two for Best Classical Album, an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group.

HAYDN               Op. 33, No. 5

MOZART             K. 387

BEETHOVEN     Op. 74, “Harp”


National Symphony Orchestra of México
Enrique Bátiz, music director and chief conductor
Alfonso Moreno, guitar
Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:30pm, Palladium

JOAQUIN TURINA             Danzas Fantasticas Op. 22

JOAQUIN RODRIGO         Concierto de Aranjuez

BRAHMS                              Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90


A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra with Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher has received international recognition since his 1944 debut that established him as one of the world’s premier classical pianists. A recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, he was recognized as “a consummate musician whose career is a testament to the life-affirming power of art.”  A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. They aim to pass on the spirit of collaboratively-empowered music to the next generation.

SUK                        Serenade for Strings in E flat, Op. 6

MOZART              Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in F Major (“Lodron,” “Concerto No.7”), K.242

DVORÁK              Three Slavonic Dances (arranged for AFC)

MOZART              Symphony No. 29 in A Major


Itzhak Perlman
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 7pm

Reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman, is beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, and he is treasured by audiences around the world who respond to his remarkable artistry and his irrepressible joy for making music.  Repertoire to be announced in the spring.


CNO Financial Group Family Shows


The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China: “Cirque Peking”
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

One of the world’s most acclaimed acrobatic troupes, the National Acrobats of China thrill audiences with their agility and flexibility as they perform daring feats with common objects. You will be astounded and thrilled with their unique combination of acrobatic and circus prowess.


SPENCERS: Theatre of Illusion
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2pm and 7pm, Tarkington

Described as “Modern Day Houdinis” by the critics, the Spencers blend theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production with the high energy of a rock concert as they take their audience to the brink of impossibility.  A unique fusion of magic and illusion.  You won’t believe your eyes!


Shaolin Warriors
Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

Death-defying combat moves define Shaolin Warriors who display remarkable skill, stunning movement, and spectacular Kung Fu.  The warriors are known throughout the world for disciplined spiritualism and martial-arts prowess.


Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live!  Buddy’s Big Adventure
Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 10am and 2pm, Tarkington

Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth … and rode trains!  Kids will be up and dancing in the aisles.


Coca-Cola World Stage Series


Zakir Hussain
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 7pm, Tarkington

Zakir Hussain has elevated the status of the Indian tabla throughout the world.  A child prodigy, he began touring at the age of 12 and is recognized as one of the world’s leading percussionists, and as a chief architect of the world music movement with his many collaboration with artists who cross and transcend diverse genres.  He has garnered Grammy Awards, a National Heritage Fellowship, and was named Best Percussionist in the 2012 Downbeat Critics’ Poll, among other accolades.  His tours include his own Masters of Percussion; the Global Drum Project with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead; and with YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Project.


Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8pm, Studio Theater

International music sensation, Samité, performs an evening of world music inspired by the captivating rhythms and indigenous instruments of Africa and his native Uganda. You will be mesmerized as his smooth vocals are accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various world flutes.


Tango Buenos Aires
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

Tango Buenos Aires is internationally recognized as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango.  The epic life of Eva Perón, from her humble beginnings to Argentina’s First Lady, is interpreted through traditional Tango dance and music.


The Assad Brothers with Robero Lubambo:
Samba Exótico
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 7pm, Palladium

Brazil’s Assad brothers have created a new standard of exceptional artistry and guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression.  Their repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio and his re-workings of folk and jazz music as well as Latin music of almost every style.  Their standard classical repertoire includes the great Baroque keyboard literature and adaptations of works by diverse arts such as Gershwin, Ginastera and Debussy.  This will be an event that blends styles, periods and cultures.  They are joined by Brazilian jazz guitarist extraordinaire, Romero Lubambo.


Eileen Ivers:  Beyond the Bog Road
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 7pm, Palladium

Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin.  Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, the original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide…  Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.

Eileen created Beyond the Bog Road, a multimedia concert of music, story, dance and film to celebrate the journey of the Irish immigrant and to showcase how Irish music and dance have integrated with various roots music of North America to create one of the richest cross fertilizations of folk music styles in the world.  This is a celebration of the immigrant’s journey, the story of the Irish immigrant’s impact on American and America’s impact on the Irish immigrant.


Country Series


Martina McBride
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

Martina has amassed 11 Grammy nominations, 4 CMA Awards, 3 ACM Awards, multiple double and triple platinum records, 20 top-10 hits and six No. 1 smashes. She has achieved such astounding success by singing lyrics of substance and songs that challenge listeners. “I take pride that I stand up for what I believe in, that I don’t necessarily play it safe,” she comments.

Martina’s solo hits include such enduring classics as “Wild Angels,” “Safe in the Arms of Love,” “Wrong Again,” “Blessed,” “My Baby Loves Me (Just the Way That I Am),” “Life #9,” “Love’s the Only House,” “Whatever You Say,” “Where Would You Be,” “In My Daughter’s Eyes” and “Independence Day.”


Trace Adkins
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a television personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program, the American Red Cross, and has performed seven USO Tours.


Home Free
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:30pm, Palladium

This a cappella band was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,”and they continue to entertain audiences with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor.


Kix Brooks
Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30pm, Palladium
Wine Tasting at 6pm, Palladium (Wine ticket required for admittance)

Kix Brooks is half of the highest selling duo in country music, Brooks & Dunn.  They sold more than 30 million records, had 23 number 1 hits, and recently set a new record with their 41st top 10 single, breaking a tie with Alabama as the group with the most Top 10 country singles.  For three years, Kix has served as host of the syndicated radio show American Country Countdown, and in 2009, he was honored with the National Broadcasting Personality of the Year award by the CMA.

Pre-concert wine tasting: Celebrate the evening with a tasting of select wines prior to an evening of great artistry with Kix Brooks!  Tasting begins at 6pm and a wine tasting ticket is required for admission:  Your concert ticket will not provide admittance to this event.


The Charlie Daniels Band
Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 7pm, Palladium

From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels.  Don’t miss your favorites like “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “Uneasy Rider” and more foot stompin’, fiddlegrass from the master! (à 2 songs with punctuation outside of quote)


Tracy Lawrence
Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

With 22 songs on the Billboard top ten, 18 number one singles, and sales of more than 13 million albums, Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in country music.  Favorites include “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.”  His music has inspired a new generation of artists including Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan who frequently pay tribute to him.


Vince Gill
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium

One of the most popular and most recorded singers of the past quarter-century, superstar Vince Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music.  His vocal performances are spellbinding, his songwriting emotionally powerful and his guitar-playing world-class.


Drewry Simmons Vornehm Pop & Rock Shows


Gladys Knight
Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8pm, Palladium

Seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight has earned number one hits in pop, R&B and adult contemporary, and she continues to triumph in film and television.  She has unassailable artistry in all her endeavors and is referred to as Empress of Soul and Motown royalty with hits such as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Midnight Train To Georgia,” and “Love Overboard.”


In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz
Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:30pm, Palladium

Grammy-nominated folk artists The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz, with Nathaniel Smith, Alex Hargreaves, and Paul Kowert, offer an evening of collaborative performance in front of one microphone.

Following their meeting at the renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013, Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids have pursued a collaboration with a depth and identity all its own. Their initial performances (on Austin City Limits and at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series) have been widely heralded for the seamless harmony of the three singers, the unassailable virtuosity of the players, and the obvious if uncommon chemistry the young artists have found with one another. This Fall, they are presenting it, fully realized for the first time, in a limited tour of some of the country’s finest symphony halls and performing arts theaters.


 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:30pm, Palladium

Swing In The Holidays with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy!

Celebrate the holidays in big band style with the high-energy and swank sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  These masters of contemporary swing launched the 1990s craze for classic American dance music and they celebrate their 21st anniversary. Shake and move to their inimitable grooves!


The Fab Four
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8pm, Palladium
“The best Beatles show in the world.”  LA Times

The ultimate Beatles show.  They have amazed audiences around the world with their uncanny, note-for-note, live renditions of the Beatles’ catalogue.  Hosted by “Ed Sullivan,” this incredible multimedia stage production, complete with three costume changes, will make you think you are experiencing the real thing.  If you want to see the best Beatles show in the world, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four.


Peanut Butter & Jam 

Explore musical genres alongside your children on Saturday morning at 10:30am.  Purchase of a child’s ticket includes free admission for two adults and tickets are $10.  The experience includes music, touch and play time with musical instruments and an artist Q&A.  These events are under 1 hour and are specially geared for youth aged 1-7.  There is limited capacity for these events.  To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 317.843.3800.


Bongo Boy!
September 20

A morning of primal beats, rhythm, movement, and drumming!


Mariachi sol Jalisciese
October 18

Discover the  traditional costume and music of Mexico that originated hundreds of years ago on the ranches and in small towns in Mexico.


Kelli Lewis from Music Together
November 22

Jazz, pop, rock, gospel, and cabaret in a musical morning from an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them.


Wind and String Ensemble
December 6

Holiday sounds of the season with members of the Hendricks Symphonic Society!


Indy Hula
January 10

Polynesian song and dance showcase the modern and ancient Hawaiian hula, and the dances of Samoa, New Zealand, the Marquesas, Tahiti, and the Cook Islands.


Asante Children’s Theatre  (ACT)
February 21

Celebrate the musical contributions of the greatest Doo Wop, Soul, Gospel and R&B groups of all time!  ACT is a youth organization committed to enriching the lives of young people so they become empowered citizens of the world.


March 21

A celebration of Irish music!  Discover traditional instruments such as the hammered dulcimer, field organ, hurdy gurdy, bowed psaltery and harp.


The Fourth Wall (flute/dance/hybrid)
April 25

Stretching the boundaries of instrumental performance, The Fourth Wall performs interdisciplinary performance works and reinterprets established repertoire to make music that leaps from the stage.


May 2

Salaam takes the audience on a journey through Morocco and Istanbul with an introduction to the culture and music of the Middle East.  Along the way, families learn a traditional “beledi” rhythm and greetings in Arabic and Hebrew. Salaam brings faraway lands close to home!

The Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1 Center Green in Carmel, Indiana. For more information, visit, or call 317-843-3800.