Column: The secret’s out about the Carmel Symphony Orchestra

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Perhaps you have not yet attended one of their concerts, but wonder if all you have heard regarding the superior quality could be true. Or, maybe you didn’t even realize Carmel had one – assuming we were too close to Indy. Possibly, heaven forbid, you incorrectly presumed long term commitments would make the cost insurmountable.

Let me set the record straight. Yes, what you have heard about the Carmel Symphony Orchestra is true. They are amazing. Yes, for decades our community has supported a full Orchestra and enjoyed the benefits right here in our own backyard. Yes, single concert tickets are available and well worth the reasonable price to experience for yourself what others are raving about.

But could there be more in store for you than just sitting in the audience? How about helping this great organization plan the party which will celebrate 40 successful seasons? That is exactly what 40th Anniversary Luncheon Chairwoman Mary Eckard is hoping you would say.

She said: “The CSO League is planning this event. But I realize some people don’t have the time to join a group, but might very well be interested in working specifically on this one event. I want to extend a personal invitation to anyone who might want to get involved slowly, to consider this their opportunity.”

The luncheon is scheduled for April 14 at the Ritz Charles and is open to the public. The proceeds will benefit the annual Carmel Symphony Orchestra Family Fun! concert. This is the show where children are invited to sit on the Palladium stage right next to the musicians as they perform. During the luncheon, Ann Conrad, 38 year CHS Choral Director will perform for the crowd. She will also be honored for her longtime service to our community and for leading the singing Ambassadors of Carmel High School.

Another opportunity to mix with the CSO League is coming up on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. They are calling it “Musical Morning” at Oakhill Mansion. Sean Chen, APA Classical Fellow, guest artist for the first concert of the season, will provide entertainment along with Aaron Shi. Aaron is the winner of the 2014 CSO Young Artist Competition.

Anyone interested in becoming a part of the 40th Anniversary Planning Committee or who might want to attend any of the upcoming events should contact Mary Eckard at 843-217?. Good day, Carmel.


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