Ariel and the New World Symphony

Guest conductor Janna Hymes joins violinist and Hooiser native Ariel Horowitz in the Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) next performance, “Ariel and the New World Symphony” on Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium, with a pre-concert conversation, “Music Matters,” at 6:45 p.m.

About Janna Hymes

One of three finalists for the CSO’s music director/conductor, Hymes has served as the music director for the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra of Virginia since 2004 as well as the Maine Pro Musica Orchestra that she founded in 2008. This season she is also serving in guest engagements with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (VA) and the Portland (ME) Symphony Orchestra. Local audiences may remember Hymes as Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Other finalists for the esteemed position of music director who have performed this season include Ron Spigelman and Kelly Corcoran. The new conductor will begin his/her tenure with the 2017-18 season.

About Ariel Horowitz

Hailed by The Washington Post as “sweetly lyrical,” violinist and activist Ariel Horowitz cannot remember life before both loving music and advocating it as a medium for global healing. Winner of top prizes at the Stulberg and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions, as well as The Juilliard School’s violin concerto competition, Ariel is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Arnold R. Deutsch/Dorothy DeLay Scholarship. Her commitment to global good is personified in organizations like the Heartbeat Project, a student-run project she founded that combines music and math education and cultural exchange for elementary school students that was launched on the Navajo Reservation in June 2016.

Mendelssohn and Dvorak

Program highlights include Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, a piece Horowitz performed last year with the Baltimore Symphony to rousing standing ovations. As Mendelsohn’s only violin concerto, this piece is most often associated with child prodigies – most fitting for this performance’s guest artist.

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” was written months after the Czech nationalist arrived in New York City to assume his duties as director of the National Conservatory. While he attributed his inspiration to his exposure of African American spirituals, his creative process distilled those themes to their bare essence and created original themes as expressed throughout this widely celebrated work.

Tickets and information

Single tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling the Center’s Box Office at 317.843.3800. Discounts for students are also available: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger, and the $10 CollegePASS for College students.  For more information, visit

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