Inaugural Season to Launch at Palladium following January 29 Gala Concert
( Excerpts from Center for the Performing Arts' November 2010 press release)
CARMEL, IN, November 2010 – Providing its region with a cultural attraction of world-class quality and scale, the multi-venue Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana — just outside of the state capital of Indianapolis — will open the first of its facilities on January 29, 2011, when it inaugurates its concert hall The Palladium. The Center’s other venues, now under construction, will be a 200-seat studio theater (opening in March 2011) and The Tarkington, a 500-seat proscenium theater (August 2011).
Steven Libman, Executive Director of the Center and Artistic Director Michael Feinstein have announced details of the gala concert and inaugural season that will welcome audiences to The Palladium and offer a preview of the exceptional design features and programming that will make the concert hall, and the complex as a whole, a major destination within Central Indiana and a focal point for the exciting new urban vision of the City of Carmel.
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A series of special events leading up to the opening will include the civic dedication ceremony on Saturday, January 22, attended by Center leadership, Mayor Brainard and other local government officials. Other community-oriented events organized around the time of the opening will include public tours, tuning concerts by local organizations, an architectural seminar and an opportunity for community members to perform on stage.
During this period, the public will also get its first glimpse of the treasures in the Feinstein Foundation archive, when a selection of materials from the Great American Songbook collection, such as rare photographs, sheet music, handwritten lyrics and more by America’s great composers will be put on display in the Palladium. Rounding out the opening festivities will be a special classical concert featuring The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centerand the Miró Quartet with Lynn Harrell on Sunday, January 30. “The opening week program is inclusive, just like Carmel’s vision of the Center for the Performing Arts,” stated Artistic Director Michael Feinstein. “The music that I love is not the property of any one place like New York or Los Angeles, or of any elite group. It’s American music—and the more you know about the Great American Songbook, the more clearly you recognize that it encompasses blues, jazz, country, classical, everything. That’s why our ultimate ambition for the Center is to present a cross-section of the best of American music, dance and theater.”
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