Carmel Symphony Presents Organist Cameron Carpenter


The Carmel Symphony Orchestra presents world-famous organist Cameron Carpenter on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm. Carpenter returns to the Palladium with a performance of Guilmant’s Symphony No. 1 for Organ and Orchestra, Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3, and an original medley interpretation of West Side Story. The evening also features a fashion showcase influenced by Carpenter’s music and personal style, in collaboration with Pattern and Fresh Fettle, and is the official kickoff event for Midwest Fashion Week.

The first organist ever nominated for a Grammy® Award for a solo album, Cameron Carpenter was once called “one of the rare musicians who changes the game of his instrument,” by The Los Angeles Times. A virtuoso composer-performer unique among keyboardists, Cameron’s approach to the organ is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music while generating a level of acclaim, exposure, and controversy unprecedented for an organist.

“Cameron’s capacities are truly astonishing,” says CSO Artistic Director David Bowden. “He is a superb musician whose technical abilities on the organ are literally unparalleled. It’s a visual feast just watching him play, and the musical results are brilliant.”

Also featured on the evening is a unique fashion showcase inspired by Cameron Carpenter’s music and personal style. The showcase will feature eight Indianapolis designers presenting designs with avant-classical, punk, and glam contemporary influences, and is presented in collaboration with Pattern (of Pattern Paper), Fresh Fettle, and Midwest Fashion Week. Models and designers will be present throughout the evening, with a special runway presentation during intermission in which patrons will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite concept.

Music Matters is a free pre-concert talk in which patrons discover interesting perspectives on the evening’s composers and their music. The March 9 Music Matters with David Bowden, Cameron Carpenter, and the fashion showcase models and designers begins at 6:45pm, preceding the concert.

Tickets are available by visiting or by calling the Center’s Box Office at 317.843.3800. Discounts for students are available: the $5 YouthPASS for High School and younger, and the $10 CollegePASS for College students.

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