Center for Performing Arts Season Announced

Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, country star Lorrie Morgan and rockers Sheryl Crow, Michael McDonald, and Rick Springfield are among the highlights of the upcoming 2017-18 Center Presents Season sponsored by Allied Solutions at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Series Packages

Patrons can save up to 25 percent by purchasing subscription packages for the Jazz, Country, Songbook, and Printing Partners Classical series, as well as the new University of Indianapolis Passport Series, which offers the best in world music, dance, and other inspiring performances from the likes of Pink Martini, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Celtic Nights, classical guitarist Paul Galbraith, and eclectic violin sensation Damien Escobar.

The Create Your Own Series package allows subscribers to save up to 20 percent by selecting four or more shows of their choice from all the scheduled events, including concerts in the St. Vincent Holiday and Drewry Simmons Vornehm Pop/Rock series. Visit for more information on subscription packages and benefits, which include pre-sale opportunities throughout the season as new events are added.

CEO listens to patrons

“We’re proud and excited to launch our seventh full season of presenting world-class arts and entertainment events,” said Jeffrey C. McDermott, the Center’s interim president/CEO. “With each passing year, we listen and learn more about what the community wants, and I think the lineup we’ve assembled offers something special for everyone.”

To purchase tickets

Most events take place in the Center’s Palladium concert hall and the nearby Tarkington theater. Subscriptions are on sale now. Center subscribers can purchase tickets for all season events in person at the Palladium Box Office, online at or by phone at (317) 843-3800. Single-event tickets will go on sale in August.

2017/2018 Line-Up

The 2017-18 Center Presents Season sponsored by Allied Solutions includes:



Sheryl Crow with Aaron Lee Tasjan
Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Michael McDonald with Marc Cohn

Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Rick Springfield: Stripped Down

Sunday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.

Richard Marx

Saturday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m.



Songbook Academy® Finals

Saturday, July 22, at 7 p.m.

Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up

Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Storm Large

Friday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m.

The Midtown Men

Friday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.

Michael Feinstein with Betty Buckley

Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m.



Chris Botti

Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Gregory Porter

Saturday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m.

Nat King Cole Tribute with Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli

Friday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m.

John Beasley’s MONK’estra

Saturday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m.

The Summit: Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m.



National Martial Artists and Acrobats of China

Sunday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Friday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m.

Damien Escobar

Friday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m.

Dublin Irish Dance

Saturday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m.

Paul Galbraith

Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope

Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m.

Pink Martini

Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m.



Red Priest

Saturday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman

Sunday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.

China National Symphony Orchestra

Friday, Feb. 9. at 8 p.m.

Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra

Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m.

Itzhak Perlman

Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m.



Country Unplugged Tour featuring Mark Chesnutt, Lorrie Morgan, and Joe Diffie

Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m.

Oak Ridge Boys Holiday

Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.



Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas

Saturday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m.

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour

Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

Celtic Thunder Symphony

Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Canadian Brass Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 23, at 8 p.m.



Songbook Celebration presented by Krieg DeVault

Saturday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m.

U.S. Army Field Band

Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza presented by Taft

Sunday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m.



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