Center for Performing Arts presents live-streaming concerts

Charlie Ballantine will perform Oct. 23 in the Live at the Center series. (Photo provided by Mark Shelton)

Since performances by touring musicians are on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Carmel-based Center for the Performing Arts is turning its spotlight on local and regional talent through a new series of livestreamed performances by Indiana-based artists and bands in genres from jazz and classical to soul and indie rock.

“Live at the Center,” sponsored by Allied Solutions, premieres Oct. 23 with a set from jazz guitarist Charlie Ballantine, an Indianapolis-based composer and bandleader with a growing national reputation and several albums in his catalog. The initial schedule through December includes free performances by rock bands Moxxie and Carmichael, classical pianist Joshua Thompson, and singers Jenn Cristy and Bashiri Asad. More shows are planned in 2021.

With the challenges posed by the pandemic, the Center’s concert production team has evolved into a video crew, equipped to deliver live-switched, multi-camera HD coverage with stereo sound from any of the Center’s three venues. The Palladium, The Tarkington and the Studio Theater offer options to suit a wide range of artists, and fans will enjoy a front-row perspective through the Center’s website and other platforms.

“The touring artists we would normally present on-site are simply not on the road right now,” stated Jeffrey C. McDermott, president and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts and the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation. “Meanwhile, Indiana has a rich community of songwriters and performers who have lost many of their usual revenue sources. This is an important opportunity for us to step up, create new opportunities for audiences and artists alike, and even extend our geographic reach through this new online programming.”

The Live at the Center schedule: Charlie Ballantine Quartet, jazz, 8 p.m. Oct. 23; Moxxie, indie rock, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29; Carmichael, indie rock, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, streamed from The Tarkington; Joshua Thompson, classical piano, 7 p.m. Nov. 22, streamed from the Palladium; Jenn Cristy, pop, 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and Bashiri Asad, soul, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16.

The concerts are streamed from the Palladium except for Moxie will be from Studio Theater and Carmichael from The Tarkington.

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