Center has your summer covered


Commentary By Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, President/CEO

In May, the Center for the Performing Arts announced a fabulous new season, packed with world-class artists spanning multiple genres. From classical pianist Lang Lang to country music great Merle Haggard, the 2013-14 season is filled with artists you’ll want to see live and in person. However, announcing the new season is just a part of what’s taking place at the Center in the coming months.

We followed the big season announcement with another major addition announcement: the legendary Diana Ross is coming to Carmel! I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Ms. Ross to the Palladium stage on Aug. 23. She is an iconic artist, and I’m delighted that she will kick off the Center for the Performing Arts 2013-14 season. I invite you to become a season subscriber so that you can enjoy the many benefits available, including the best seats to Diana Ross. Take a look at the 2013-14 season presented by St.Vincent Health online at

As we head into our summer programming, we invite you to start a tradition with your family. Bring your children and grandchildren to see the innovative – and interactive – Erth’s Dinosaurs Petting Zoo (June 13-16). You and your family will marvel at these elaborate puppets and the mastery behind the petting zoo. The family lineup this summer gives you a taste of things to come in our 2013-14 family series – you won’t want to miss a single minute! We encourage you to share these magical moments together, as a family.

This month we kick-off our 2013 Encore Celebration Gala Weekend! There will be everything from a gourmet meal, a silent and live auction, to live music, performances, and dancing. Plus, the Center and the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative will induct a new class in the Songbook Hall of Fame. This year we are honoring the contributions of Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Webb and Rita Moreno. Join us June 28 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom and June 29 at The Palladium.

As you plan your summer activities, include a visit to the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Gallery. The gallery continues its exhibit “Jazz of the ’20s.” Located on the Palladium’s gallery level, this interactive display of memorabilia and recorded music pays homage to the celebrated artists of the jazz age and its place in Indiana history. You will not want to miss this opportunity to discover how music impacted our state and the nation. Visit the gallery on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  In addition, our six resident companies have performances and activities throughout the entire summer months. With all of our offerings you might wonder why you need to leave Carmel at all for your summer vacation!

I look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to the Center for the Performing Arts!


Tania Castroverde Moskalenko is the president/CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts and an occasional contributor to Current. You may contact her at

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