Friday, March 2

Symphony on the Prairie 2012 Lineup Includes Debuts of Don McClean, Motown & Disco

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Symphony on the Prairie 2012
Don McClean

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The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announces its 31st season, June 16 - Sept. 2. The summertime Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Series features a broad mix of classical and pops symphonic music performed at Conner Prairie Ampitheatre in Fishers, Indiana.

Debuts include
Folk music icon Don McLean
award-winning country music band Diamond Rio
legendary Motown group The Contours.
Returning favorites include
The Music of Queen,
The Classical Mystery Tour Beatles tribute,
jazz swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.

2012 Marsh Symphony on the Prairie Schedule

June 16
Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Guest conductor Ryan McAdams will open the 2012 summer season with classical favorites such as Elgar’s "Enigma Variations" and Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue" featuring Stephen Beus, the winner of the 2006 American Pianists Association Max I Allen Fellowship. 

June 22-23
Heroes & Victors – Music from Sports Greatest Films
Conducted by Alfred Savia, Heroes & Victors features the clips from classic sports films such as Chariots of Fire, Breaking Away and Hoosiers shown on large video walls near the stage as the ISO plays excerpts from the scores.
June 29-30
The Music of Queen
Conductor Brent Havens and his tribute band join the ISO to perform the many hits by legendary 1970s and '80s rock band Queen.

July 2-4
Star-Spangled Symphony
The ISO celebrates Independence Day with three concerts featuring many patriotic favorites including the 1812 Overture with live artillery accompaniment and Stars and Stripes Forever with a spectacular firework display.

July 6-7
Disco Night at the Prairie – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
Tribute band Stayin’ Alive joins the ISO in a Disco-style program highlighted by the many hits from The Bee Gees.

July 13-14
The ISO Goes Global – The Music of our Sister Cities
ISO Assistant Conductor David Glover takes patrons on a world tour of celebrated classical works representing Indianapolis’ sister cities in Germany, Italy, and China, among others. Guest violinist Stefan Jackiw also pays homage to Indy’s sister city of Cologne with Bruch’s glorious "Scottish Fantasy." 

July 20-21
The Best of Broadway
Noted pops conductor Stuart Chafetz and a talented cast of New York City’s best vocalists put the hits of Broadway’s greatest musicals on center stage.
July 27-28
The Glenn Miller Orchestra with the ISO
The renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra and band leader Nick Hilscher return to join the ISO in performing the ensemble’s most recognizable works such as "Moonlight Serenade" and "In the Mood."

August 3-4
An Evening with Don McLean
Legendary folk singer and songwriter Don McLean joins the ISO’s string section in an evening of his enduring hits such as “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night).”

August 10-11
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
The ISO’s string players will be this weekend’s star performers as they bring classical favorites – such as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons to the stage, led by 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Gold Medalist Barnab├ís Kelemen.

*August 17-18
Classical Mystery Tour – A Tribute to the Beatles
For a fifth consecutive summer season, the members of the Broadway cast of Beatlemania will perform many Beatles hits such as "Hard Day’s Night," "Twist and Shout," "Yellow Submarine" and "Here Comes The Sun"  in an authentic tribute to Liverpool’s “Fab Four.”

*August 24-25
Diamond Rio
Four-time Country Music Award-winning band Diamond Rio will showcase its inventive country style and superb vocal artistry by performing many hits such as “Meet in the Middle,” “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” and “Love a Little Stronger” in its Prairie debut.

*August 30-31
The Contours – 50 Years of Motown!
The legendary Motown vocal quartet The Contours will perform many of its favorites such as “Do You Love Me,” “Can You Do It” and “Can You Jerk Like Me” in their first-ever appearance.
*September 1-2
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returns to bring its blend of jazz, swing, Dixieland and Big Band music.

* The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra does not perform in these concerts
Check back on for review of artists throughout the season.

For directions to Conner Prairie Ampitheatre, click here-->> Directions

10-ticket value packs, full season table subscriptions and group reservations on sale March 19; single tickets and single reserved tables go on sale April 23.

From March 19 through May 4, patrons can purchase Value Packs (10 concert tickets) for $155, which is a savings of 40 percent off of single ticket prices. From May 5-June 16, Value Packs are $180. Season table subscriptions may be purchased (seating up to 10) for $479 for 14 tables. Groups of 30 people or more may save at discounts up to 30% off the admission price at the gate.

Orders for Value Packs and season table subscriptions may be made in person at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office, by phone by calling (317) 639-4300 or (800) 366-8457 outside of Indianapolis, or online at For group sales, contact ISO Group Sales Manager Jeff Johnson at (317) 231-6788 or email

Single Tickets On Sale Beginning April 23
Single tickets for Marsh Symphony on the Prairie concerts will go on sale Monday, April 23. For more information on all Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra indoor and outdoor presentations, contact the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at (217) 639-4300, toll free (800) 366-8457 outside of Indianapolis, or at

Marsh Supermarkets is the Title Sponsor of the entire 2012 Marsh Symphony on the Prairie season and St. Vincent Health is the Premiere Sponsor for the summer series.

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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