Saturday, September 24

ISO: 2011-12 Season Opening Event with Krzysztof Urbanski

Maestro Krzysztof Urbanski has fun with Pops conductor Jack Everly
Maestro Krzysztof Urbanski officially opened the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's 2011-12 season, Sept. 18, with style, humor and champagne. The black-tie affair was injected with the sense of joviality and camaraderie that will be known throughout the symphonic world as the signature of the Era of Urbanski. The entire evening followed suit with practical jokes, laughter and favorite classical and pops selections.

Jack Everly, principal pops conductor, joined in on the good-natured shenanigans, as did Garrick Ohlsson, pianist, and popular ensemble in-residence, Time for Three.
Covering Tchaikovsky, Berlin, Bernstein and Chopin; Urbanski, Everly, Ohlsson, and Time for Three brought the audience to its feet in thunderous applause.
The reception, held in front of Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, brought out ISO patrons in their finest attire prior to the raised baton. Included at the annual affair were music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres provided by local restaurants, such as Shula's, Fogo de Chao and The Oceannaire.

Bottom Line: If you have avoided attending ISO concerts because you thought it stuffy, old-fashioned and boring -- Fear no more. The ISO is now entrenched in "The Era of Urbanski" proving the symphony is downright enjoyable. In fact, the party has just begun.

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Photos: T Wengers
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGO and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

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