Carmel Symphony’s New Season

Subscriptions are now on sale for “Janna & Friends,” the 43rd season of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the first entirely programmed by music director, Maestro Janna Hymes. All concerts are performed at The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts where the CSO is the resident orchestra.

Hynes shares her excitement

“The exciting, the unexpected, and the classics are all part of our 2018-19 season that offers a dynamic mix of modern works and popular warhorses such as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5,” says Hymes. “Audiences are in for a treat with the symphony premier of Jeff Midkiff’s original, energetic, and lyrical bluegrass Mandolin Concerto performed by the composer/musician himself, and Mozart’s choral masterpiece, the emotion-evoking Requiem. I invite everyone to join us!”

Other highlights

Other season highlights include “Side by Side with Carmel High School” on November 11, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir in December and “Pedcor & Friends Presents Patriotic Pops” on January 18 and 19.

Opening concert

The season kicks off with Orchestral Showcase on October 14. The evening highlights the orchestral strengths of the CSO, with pieces like Wagner’s Overture die Meistersinger and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

Guests coming this fall

November 10, the CSO welcomes pianist Jon Nakamatsu who makes his first concerto appearance with the orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. At December’s IU Health Holiday Pops, the CSO welcomes vocalist Sarah Waltson in addition to the Indianapolis Children’s Choir as the orchestra celebrates the season with a family friendly concert tradition.

February show

February 9, in the midst of “red carpet season,” the CSO will also perform music from “The Magnificent 7,” “Bride of Frankenstein,” “Schindler’s List” and “Superman” in addition to featured soloist Midkiff.

Violins and choirs

March 9 brings violinist Irina Muresanu to The Palladium stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. This very special season comes to a grand finale on April 27 as the Anderson University Chorale, Symphonic Choir, and Alumni Choir, along with guest conductor Rick Sowers, perform Lux Aeterna by Lauridsen.

Family events

As always, the CSO strives to connect audiences of all ages to the power of music with popular family-centric events such as the Family Fun! concert with an instrument petting zoo (February 24), the Sounds Exciting! concert for area elementary school students, and the CSO Young Artist Competition returning for its 38th season.

Pre-concert discussions

Additionally, concert goers can enjoy a free, pre-concert discussion with behind-the-scenes conversations featuring the concert’s guest artist and conductor in a relaxed atmosphere. In these informal discussions, audience members are made privy to interesting facts about the evening’s composers and their music.

Tickets and information

Season 2018-2019 Full and Flex subscriptions are now on sale through the Palladium Box Office at The Center for the Performing Arts (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 or to request a subscription package, visit

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