Indianapolis…More than 300 guests attended the Indianapolis Opera Ball on November 16 to celebrate 40 years of Opera in Indianapolis and to provide support for the Opera's educational outreach program, which reaches more than 30,000 students annually in Central Indiana and throughout the state.
Community leader and arts patron Yvonne Shaheen received the newly-renamed Kathyrn Taurel Woman of the Awards Award, given for her outstanding involvement with the Central Indiana arts community.
“I was excited to be honored by [Indianapolis Opera],” Mrs. Shaheen said. “I love and support the Arts so deeply and simply feel it has the power to elicit great passion and emotion through the creative telling and retelling of the many stories of our lives.”
Event proceeds will support the Opera’s young artist development program, the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble, which delivers operatic experiences to audiences in schools, community centers, libraries, and other venues throughout the state. These young artists also rehearse and study with guest artists and professional mentors, helping them to prepare for successful careers.
The Opera Ball’s Gold Level Sponsors included Brooke Knoll Village, The Scott A. Jones Foundation, REI Real Estate Services, 21st Amendment, J Wallace Creative, Monarch Beverage and American Harvest Vodka. Silver Level Sponsors for the event were Buckingham Foundation, Chase Bank, Ice Miller, Katrina Basile, Realtor, KPMG, J Wallace Creative, Inc., Telamon Foundation, The National Bank of Indianapolis, USA Funds and Wells Capital Management.
Discover exceptional young talent during Indiana District's Met Opera National Council Auditions this Saturday, November 8, 1 PM at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.
WHO: Metropolitan Opera National Council
WHAT: Indiana District Auditions
WHEN: Saturday, November 8th @ 1 p.m.
WHERE: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN
WHY: To discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. The auditions are held annually in thirteen Regions of the United States and Canada. There are forty-one Districts within these Regions, each providing an opportunity for talented singers to enter the Auditions Program at the local level. The Auditions are administered by National Council members and volunteers in each region.
Winners of the District auditions advance to their Region Finals where they compete to win a trip to New York to participate in the National Semi-Finals, a competition held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. Approximately ten of the Semi-Finalists are selected as National Finalists and compete the following Sunday in a public concert, the Grand Finals Concert, accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The jury awards approximately five Grand Winner awards of $15,000 each. The concert is broadcast nationwide on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Network. The remaining National Finalists receive $5,000 each, and those singers who were National Semi-Finalists but did not advance to the National Finals will be given $1,500 to further their studies.
Many of the world’s foremost singers, among them Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Eric Owens, Thomas Hampson, Ben Heppner, Jessye Norman, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade, Deborah Voigt and Dolora Zajick have received awards from the National Council. Annually, over 100 former auditioners appear on the Metropolitan Opera roster.
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Indianapolis Opera recently elected new board members and approved a new officer slate. Newly elected president Arnold C. Hanish welcomed the following to the Opera board to serve a three-year term:
Dr. Lisa Bauman, Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology
David Blish, Katz Sapper & Miller
Debbie Glymph-Bennett, KSM Consulting
Dr. Ora Pescovitz, Eli Lilly & Company
Laura Viaches, Eli Lilly & Company
The following officer slate was also approved:
President: Arnold C. Hanish, Retired, Eli Lilly & Company
Treasurer: Jack Hayford, Retired, Breadsmith
Secretary: George Graham, Deloitte
Executive Vice President: Matthew Mindrum, Butler University
In August 2014 Indianapolis Opera announced it will mark the occasion of its 40th anniversary with an intensive period of organizational assessment focused on a new artistic vision and business model. Funded by Lilly Endowment, the organizational assessment and planning effort is being led by Indianapolis Arts Leader Steven Stolen.
Tickets now available for Indianapolis Opera’s signature fundraiser - Saturday, August 9, 2014
Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird and his wife, Dinah will once again serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of Lobsterpalooza. Lobsterpalooza, Indianapolis Opera’s signature fundraiser, is to be held on Saturday, August 9 at the Basile Opera Center in Indianapolis. Larry and Dinah, who served as co-chairs of the popular event in 2013, say they are pleased to co-chair Lobsterpalooza due to their strong belief in supporting the local arts. The couple has lived in Indianapolis since their move in 1997, when Larry became the Pacers’ head coach. Larry was named president of basketball operations in 2003 and remained in the role until 2012. After a year off, he returned to the position.
The fifth annual Lobsterpalooza is a casual, exciting evening of entertainment, live music and a traditional Maine lobster boil. Succulent Maine lobster will be served with award-winning clam chowder, steamed clams, fresh vegetables and corn of the cob. The fresh Maine lobster, brought in live the night before, is so sweet and tender it practically melts in your mouth (chicken dishes available).
The event will take place rain or shine. Lobsterpalooza 2013 was sold out and raised nearly $50,000 for Indianapolis Opera. All proceeds benefit Indianapolis Opera’s education programs. Tickets are available at www.indyopera.org.
What: The Indianapolis Opera’s Fifth Annual Lobsterpalooza
When: Saturday, August 9 at 7 PM
Where: Basile Opera Center, 4011 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN
Tickets: Single Ticket $150 | Table of 8 $1,200
Dance Kaleidoscope, IMA, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Demonstrate Support of Indianapolis Opera and its Patrons with Generous Offer
Dance Kaleidoscope, in association with the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), has made an offer to ticket holders of Indianapolis Opera’s cancelled performances of "Albert Herring."
They may exchange their tickets for "DK@IMA: Picture This," a coproduction at the IMA’s Tobias Theater, May 1-4.
"DK@IMA: Picture This" is a multi-layered experience. DK’s performance has two dance pieces, each inspired by paintings hanging in the Noyes Suite of American Art Galleries. DK’s "Heart of Joy" was inspired by the painting "Jimson Weed" by Georgia O’Keefe and the dance piece "Girl at the Piano: Recording Sound" was inspired by the painting of the same name by artist Theodore Roszak.
The IMA has extended museum and café hours during DKs performances, allowing patrons to view the paintings in the American galleries, enjoy a pre-performance glass of wine and then to go downstairs to the Tobias Theater and see how David Hochoy interpreted the works.
Indianapolis Opera ticket holders who wish to exchange for "DK@IMA: Picture This" should contact the IMA ticket office at (317) 955-2339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be asked to bring their "Albert Herring" tickets to the IMA will call desk on the night of the performance.
For more information about Dance Kaleidoscope and "DK@IMA: Picture This," visit dancekal.org.
Dear Opera Subscribers,
Here at the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra we are pleased to support the Indianapolis Opera, one of our valued arts partners, and would like to offer you a ticket exchange for your Albert Herring tickets. As you know, the ICO is committed to providing Intimate, Classic, and Original concert experiences. Our final concerts this year are both exciting opportunities to see amazing guest artists and experience new and old masterpieces. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact Bethany Daugherty (email email@example.com or call 317-940-9607) and indicate which concert you would like to attend (must verify opera subscription). Thank you for your support of the arts in Indianapolis. See you soon!
Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon | Apr. 11, 2014 | 7:30 pm | Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Strauss: Emperor Waltz
Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto
Aikman: Triptych: Musical Momentum
Mozart: Symphony No. 36 “Linz”
The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra presents bassoon virtuoso Martin Kuuskmann performing Theofanidis’ Bassoon Concerto on Friday, April 11th, 7:30 pm at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts. Also featured is the world premiere of Triptych: Musical Momentum, a piece written by ICO composer-in-residence James Aikman as a celebration of the ICO and the new Schrott Center. Join the ICO on April 11th for this Intimate-Classic-Original concert experience. More info at icomusic.org.
Benjamin Beilman, violin | May 17, 2014 | 8:00 pm | Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5
Schubert: Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished"
Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale
The 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Bronze Medalist Benjamin Beilman performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the ICO. Mr. Beilman’s “handsome technique, burnished sound and quiet confidence showed why he has come so far so fast” (The New York Times). The concert also features the virtuosity of the ICO musicians in a Stravinsky showpiece, Schubert symphony, and Schumann overture. Join the ICO on May 17th for this Intimate-Classic-Original concert experience. More info at icomusic.org.
Signed, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
The Indianapolis Opera is teaming up with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art for an experience blending live music, film and a unique take on the wild west. The museum events will culminate with Indianapolis Opera’s production of The Girl of the Golden West (March 21 & 23).
On Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. the museum will screen the 1938 film version of The Girl of the Golden West, based on the play by David Belasco, featuring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.
On Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m. the museum will present a panel discussion on “The Operatic West” (Myths and Realities of the 19th Century West) with Eiteljorg vice president and chief curatorial officer James Nottage, Indianapolis Opera’s artistic director James Caraher and guest stage director John Hoomes.
Both events at the Eiteljorg are free with museum admission. Members of the Indianapolis Opera
Ensemble will present live performances prior to each event.
What: The Girl of the Golden West (1938 film)
When: Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.
What: “The Operatic West”(Myths and Realities of the 19th Century West)
When: Saturday, Mar. 8 at 1 p.m.
Where: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204
Who: Indianapolis Opera’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West (March 21 &
23) will be live, on stage, at Clowes Memorial Hall. This classic western is set during the 1849 Gold Rush and features a handsome outlaw in disguise, a sheriff in hot pursuit and a heroine that will do anything for the man that she loves. Founded in 1975, Indianapolis Opera is the only professional opera company in Indiana. In 2013-14, Indianapolis Opera’s 39th Season is comprised exclusively of 20th century works and IO debuts.
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. This year, the Eiteljorg celebrates 25 years of telling amazing stories. The museum’s 25thanniversary is presented by Oxford Financial Group. LTD. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit www.eiteljorg.org.
Tickets: Both events at the Eiteljorg are free with museum admission.
Indianapolis Opera is set to premiere Giacomo Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University for two performances only on Friday, Mar. 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday Mar. 23 at 2 p.m.
A classic Western, The Girl of the Golden West offers a handsome outlaw in disguise, a sheriff in hot pursuit and a garter-snapping, pistol-packing, poker-playing heroine who will do anything to save the man she loves.
Performed in Italian with English supertitles, the story is set during the year 1849 capturing the exciting era of the Gold Rush. The Girl of the Golden West has a strong-willed leading lady unlike any character written by Puccini .
The American West fascinated Puccini, and California during the Gold Rush was the perfect setting for one of his most memorable leading ladies. If you love Butterfly and Tosca, then you'll love The Girl of the Golden West’s Minnie, too!
What: The Girl of the Golden West
When: Mar. 21 & 23, 2014
Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Where: Clowes Memorial Hall - Butler University 4602 Sunset Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46208
Indianapolis Opera is teaming up with the Eiteljorg Museum to enhance this opera experience with two events at the Museum. On Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. the Museum will screen the 1938 film version of The Girl of the Golden West, based on the play by David Belasco and featuring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. On Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m.the Museum will present a panel discussion on “Myths and Realities of the 19th Century West,” with Eiteljorg curator James Nottage, Indianapolis Opera’s artistic director James Caraher, and guest stage director John Hoomes. Both events at the Eiteljorg are free with Museum Admission.
What: The Girl of the Golden West (1938 film)
When: Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.
What: “Myths and Realities of the 19th Century West”
When: Saturday, Mar. 8 at 1 p.m.
Where: Eitlejorg Museum | 500 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204
Single tickets are available, starting at just $25, at the Clowes Hall Box Office, charge-by-phone (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com.
For more information, please visit www.indyopera.org
Jordan Bishop | Bohlsen Group
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