Friday, May 2

Symphony on the Prairie 2014 Lineup

Jim Curry
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s 33rd annual Symphony on the Prairie season includes Beach Boys, Blue and Beethoven. Beginning June 20 and running through August 31, ISO presents 26 concerts for the popular outdoor summer series. This year the orchestra performs the first five weekends and brings in their musical guests for the remainder of the shows.

Located at Conner Prairie, the outdoor music series is perfect for family, single or couples. Grassy areas are available for those wishing to bring a blanket or lawn chair. For those preferring it, tables for 10 are available at an additional cost. Food, alcohol and candles are allowed also.

2014 Symphony on the Prairie Schedule

June 20-21
Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue

David Glover, Conductor
Eric Zuber, Piano
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra kicks off the summer series with a classical, all-American themed program featuring works by Copland, Ives and Gershwin’s jazzy Rhapsody in Blue and I Got Rhythm variations.

Friday, June 27
The Music of the Eagles
Saturday, June 28

The Music of Led Zeppelin
Brent Havens, Conductor
Known for his popular symphonic arrangements of legendary artists Queen, The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson, guest conductor Brent Havens and the ISO combine forces for TWO symphonic rock tributes: The Music of The Eagles on Friday, and the Music of Led Zeppelin on Saturday.

July 3-5
Star Spangled Symphony

Alfred Savia, Conductor
The ISO celebrates America’s birthday with its annual patriotic performance and fireworks finale. This year the performance features a special musical tribute to the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI.

July 11-12
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7

Teddy Abrams, Conductor
Time for Three, ISO Artists-in-Residence
Before concluding the concert with one of Beethoven’s greatest masterpieces, the ISO shares the stage with Time for Three, for one of their signature, genre-bending performances.

July 18-19
Classic FM: Radio Hits of the Decades

Jack Everly, Conductor
Guest Vocalists, TBA
Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly and the ISO take a musical journey through four decades of hits up and down the FM dial – from Elton John and Billy Joel to Aretha Franklin, Chicago, Adele and more.

*July 25-26
Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles

Members of the Classical Mystery Tour pay tribute to the Beatles and their arrival in America 50 years ago, including a repeat performance of the group’s Indianapolis concert on Sept. 4, 1964.

*Aug. 1-2
Glenn Miller Orchestra

One of the finest orchestras of the Big Band era presents an evening of swing and timeless classics.

*Aug. 8-9
The John Denver Songbook

Jim Curry, Vocalist
Back by popular demand from his Prairie performance in 2010, Jim Curry presents an authentic musical interpretation in the spirit of singer-songwriter John Denver.

*Aug. 15-16
ABBA – The Concert featuring Waterloo

The Swedish tribute band, Waterloo, returns to the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre for a concert of ABBA’s hits from the 1970s including “SOS,” “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia,” among many others.

*Aug. 22-24
The Beach Boys!

The Beach Boys – led by founding member Mike Love and Bruce Johnston – surf their way to the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre for chart-topping favorites from the group’s multi-decade career.

*Aug. 28-29
The Hit Men: Studio Legends of

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

The former performing and recording members of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons take audiences on a walk down memory lane to the 60s, 70s and 80s with mega hits “Oh What a Night (Dec. ’63),” “Sherry,” “Bad Bad Leroy Brown,” “You’re so Vain,” “Mony Mony” and more.

*Aug. 30-31
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band brings the rich traditions of New Orleans-style jazz to the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. Fireworks close the Symphony on the Prairie season on these two nights.

*The ISO does not perform in these concerts.

Single tickets for Marsh Symphony on the Prairie are $24/adults and $12/children in advance at the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office or online at or $28/adults and $14/children at the Conner Prairie Amphitheater gate.

There are three Premium Concerts; Star Spangled Symphony, Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles and The Beach Boys!, which have an advance ticket price of $30/adults and $12 children. The gate price for the Premium Concerts is $32/adults and $14/children.
Patrons can save an additional $1 per Adult ticket when purchasing with a Marsh Fresh Idea card at all Marsh Supermarket locations.

10-Ticket Value Packs, which offer 30 percent off gate admission, also are available for $190 at Marsh Supermarket locations, through the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office, online or by calling 317-639-4300.

Single tables, seating 10 people, are priced at $59 each and can be purchased through the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office only. Premium Concert tables are $79 each. Table reservation fees do not include concert tickets.
Images: provided by ISO

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at and Gotta Go is published on, and in magazines. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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