Carmel Symphony Orchestra to present patriotic program


Carmel Symphony Orchestra Music Director Janna Hymes has a personal connection to the “Salute to Heroes” concert.

“It’s a concert to celebrate veterans, active military and first responders,” Hymes said. “It’s extremely patriotic but it’s going to be very moving. It’s like a Veterans Day celebration in January. Personally, I have a son who is a first responder, a fireman. Every day I know he is out there doing this and I couldn’t be more proud. From a personal perspective, this is very close to my heart.”


Hymes said the sponsor Pedcor and Friends liked her idea of using musicians that live in Indiana to join the CSO rather than bringing in a national act. Two years ago, the Texas Tenors performed.

Featured at the 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 concert at the Palladium in Carmel will be The Wright Brothers, Jennie DeVoe, the Actors Theatre of Indiana co-founders Don Farrell, Judy Fitzgerald and Cynthia Collins, the Ball State University Dancers and Indiana University’s Singing Hoosiers.

“It’s a real mix of artists,” Hymes said. “They’re all playing different music. It’s great to work with this great team of people and present something unique and special for our community.”

Farrell will help emcee.

“There’s a lot of moving parts and I really needed someone to help and thought it would be great to bring in somebody like Don,” Hymes said. “I really like the ATI troupe and like working with them. I like their level of artistry. The concert is a collaborative of energy and spirit to all of the people who allow us to live in a safe and free world. This is just a small token of appreciation because I think we can never thank them enough.”

The songs will include “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.”

Tickets for veterans and active military and first responders will receive 50 percent off the ticket price. Tickets, which range from $5 to $65, can be purchased at or by calling the Center for the Performing Arts’ box office at 317-843-3800.

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