Indianapolis (Vocus) April 9, 2010
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2010 Marsh Symphony on the Prairie season of programs featuring 12 weekends of summer concerts showcasing a broad spectrum of music under the stars at the Conner Prairie Amphitheater, located at 13400 N. Allisonville Rd., in Fishers, Indiana. The Orchestras 2010 summer season will provide a wide variety of musical genres, including rock n roll, Big Band, patriotic pops, popular classical works, plus folk and Sci-Fi favorites in family-friendly programming for audiences of all ages.
The season includes the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie debuts of famed composer, conductor and performer Marvin Hamlisch, popular indie and folk artist Brandi Carlile, and the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra; two new programs featuring the music of John Denver and Michael Jackson, respectively; a colorful Sci-Fi program with music from Star Wars and Star Trek featuring special guest George Takei, known as Mr. Sulu in the original Star Trek series, and two weekends of popular classical favorites to showcase the Orchestras superb artistry. Other highlights include the return of the ISOs ensemble-in-residence, Time for Three, the popular Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles, and the River City Brass Band; plus an evening of music from 1950s artists Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, and the traditional Independence Day weekend Star-Spangled Symphony concerts with patriotic favorites and fireworks.
Single tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 26 and can be purchased at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at (317) 639-4300, online at IndianapolisSymphony.org , and at all Marsh Supermarket and OMalias locations throughout Indiana. From now until April 30, Symphony on the Prairie 10-ticket value packs are available for purchase at a savings of more than 40% off gate admission.
Since its inception in 1982, the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie series has become one of Indianas favorite summertime traditions. Last year, a record-breaking 107,281 people attended the summer series. Marsh Supermarkets has been the Title Sponsor of the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie series for the past 28 seasons. St. Vincent is the Premiere Sponsor for the summer series.
Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Schedule:
June 19: Classical One-Hit Wonders
The opening night program features the ISO performing popular classical works that over time became the one hit for which the respective composers were known. The program includes excerpts from Holsts The Planets, Dukas The Sorcerers Apprentice, and Glinkas Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla, among others. Fifteen-year-old cellist Austin Huntington, 2010 ISO Michael Ben & Illene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians Contest winner, will perform as soloist.
June 25 & 26: Marvin Hamlisch at the Movies
As promised, renowned award-winning composer, conductor and performer Marvin Hamlisch returns to Indianapolis after having to cancel a performance in February in order to attend the Golden Globes ceremony. Hamlisch will take audiences on a musical journey through popular hit songs from film scores, including many of his own creations from movies such as The Sting, The Way We Were, and Ice Castles, among others.
July 2-4: Star-Spangled Symphony
Three red, white and blue concerts featuring many patriotic favorites, the 1812 Overture with live artillery accompaniment and spectacular fireworks to Stars and Stripes Forever to conclude each evening. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
July 9 & 10: The John Denver Songbook
Noted John Denver interpreter Jim Curry joins the ISO to perform many of the legendary pop-folk artists greatest hits, including Take Me Home, Country Roads, Rocky Mountain High, and Thank God Im a Country Boy.
July 16 & 17: Sci-Fi Spectacular with George Takei
ISO Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly and the ISO will perform popular Sci-Fi music from television and the silver screen, including selections from Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Star Trek, plus special guest George Takei, known to fans as Mr. Sulu from the original Star Trek series. Fireworks will conclude the concerts.
July 23 & 24: Indie on the Prairie with Brandi Carlile
Popular indie and folk singer and songwriter Brandi Carlile will bring her unique Seattle-based style of music to the Conner Prairie Amphitheater with the ISO in a program featuring many of her original songs with full orchestra.
July 30 & 31: Tchaikovskys Fifth Symphony
Dynamic young Russian conductor Andrey Boreyko and cellist Zuill Bailey join the ISO for a classical weekend of music featuring Tchaikovskys popular Fifth Symphony, Saint-Sa