The downbeat of the 80th Anniversary Season

They say it all starts with the preparation, and that is certainly true this 80th anniversary season. Plans have been in the works for more than a year—choosing repertoire, exploring travel arrangements, recruiting/auditioning/ training singers, raising needed funds. And now here we are. After our first rehearsal just last night, the 80th Anniversary Season of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is underway!

And what a wonderful season we have in store! With our Carnegie Hall tour performance of Fairouz’s ZABUR—the work we commissioned and premiered in 2015—just over a month away, we are already reviewing our packing lists and “must see” items for our time in New York City. Andrew Lannerd, the Symphonic Choir staff and many folks behind the scenes in Manhattan have prepared an awe-inspiring trip of a lifetime for us. This is the Choir’s first return to Carnegie Hall in 40 years, and I can guarantee you we are going to celebrate in a big way! Elegant accommodations, stunning sights, the incredible energy of the world’s greatest city, and of course OUR performance will make for a weekend none of us will ever forget. I’m especially proud that this trip to Carnegie is a showcase of what makes all of us so proud to call Indiana home. Our presentation of a work commissioned with over 100 friends from our “consortium” of choral advisers, 80 singers from the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, nearly 150 singers from the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and over 100 family and friends…well, let’s just say New York City won’t soon forget the terrific impression made by we folks from Indianapolis!

So, on behalf of the singers, staff and board, I’d like to extend a sincere word of thanks to each of you reading this. It is your support, energy and encouragement that have brought us to this propitious moment. THANK YOU for all you do for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir…I look forward to celebrating an amazing anniversary year together with each of you!

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir travels to New York City October 14 through 17 with a performance at the famed Carnegie Hall on Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available through Carnegie Hall's website. For more information about the program, please click here. The Symphonic Choir returns to Indianapolis for its Festival of Carols performances in December. Information about our 80th Anniversary Season is available by clicking on the “Performances” tab above and season and individual tickets can be purchased through the “Tickets” tab.