I am so disappointed with central Indiana and Carmel in particular for its lack of support for a local nonprofit organization that brings a variety of great music to the stage at the Palladium.
On Sept. 23 at the Palladium venue of The Center for the Performing Arts, central Indiana patrons of the Indiana Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Charles P. Conrad and Nathan C. Voges were treated to the celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. The concert included songs from “West Side Story” like “Tonight” sung by Jessamyn Anderson, soprano, and Joshua Carswell, tenor. The two were great singing together as well as in solo performances for other songs such as “Maria” and “Somewhere,” also from “West Side Story.” A total of seven Leonard Bernstein creations were performed by IWS along with two other pieces by composers Franz Lehar and Johan De Meij.
Only some 370 patrons were treated to the above, while the rest of central Indiana missed out. The concert was wonderful, the singing was great. It was a special tribute that should not have been missed.
Central Indiana, we can do so much better in supporting the Indiana Wind Symphony. If you have never heard an IWS concert in the acoustically perfect Palladium, you must attend the upcoming IWS concerts. The next IWS concert at the Palladium is at 3 p.m. Nov. 11. It is “In Flanders Fields: A World War 1 Centennial.” The concert contains works by John Phillip Sousa , George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin, to name just a few.
Come on, central Indiana and Carmel, let’s do better, come and support your local, all-volunteer musicians of the Indiana Wind Symphony. You will not believe your ears. Also come, see and hear what is planned for the Christmas Season concert Dec. 2.
Bill Dorsch, Carmel