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Center for the Performing Arts Announces 2022-23 ‘Center Presents’ Season

The Center for the Performing Arts is gearing up for the most robust and diverse season in its history, starting in September with more than 50 performances already booked and more on the way.

The 2022-23 Center Presents Season sponsored by Allied Solutions includes new faces and returning favorites in a broad range of genres.

Making their Palladium debuts this year are the iconic West African singer Angélique Kidjo, R&B giants Trombone Shorty and Tower of Power, jazz-pop pioneer Herb Alpert with vocalist Lani Hall, Marie Osmond with an orchestra for the holidays, the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, a New Orleans music celebration led by Dumpstaphunk, tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and the Electric Light Orchestra, and comedians Lewis Black and Kevin Nealon, part of a growing list of comedy events.

Artists returning to the Center include legendary crooner Johnny Mathis, jazz diva Diana Krall, Hoosier-born violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, trumpeter Chris Botti, pop-soul belter Michael Bolton, saxophonist Boney James, songsmiths Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and the U.S. Army Field Band with a free community concert.

“We’re making a statement with our upcoming 12th season,” said Jeffrey C. McDermott, President/CEO of the Center and the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation. “Nothing can replace the experience of gathering together for live arts and entertainment, and this lineup should give everyone a reason to come and join us at the Center.”

Among the new offerings this season is a speaker series featuring experts from the pages of National Geographic, sharing their knowledge of wildlife and exotic corners of the world. Each of the three multimedia evening presentations is preceded by a free morning matinee for local students.

Subscription packages are on sale now for the Printing Partners Classical Series, the Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz Series and the Hoosier Village and The Barrington of Carmel Songbook Series, with benefits including discounts up to 20 percent off the regular ticket price. Another option is a Create Your Own subscription package, which offers similar perks for the purchase of any four or more events from the Center Presents schedule, including music, comedy and educational events.

Subscribers are also eligible for:

  • Immediate purchase access to the entire 2022-23 Center Presents Season, before tickets go on sale to the general public
  • Discounts up to 20 percent on other Center Presents performances
  • Presale access and discounts up to 20 percent for new events added throughout the season.

Visit TheCenterPresents.org/SubscribeNow for more information on subscription packages and benefits. Purchases can be made online at TheCenterPresents.org, by phone at (317) 843-3800 or toll-free (877) 909-2787, or in person at the Palladium’s Fifth Third Bank Box Office, 1 Carter Green, Carmel.

Tickets for individual performances will go on sale later this year. Tickets for the U.S. Army Field Band will be available free in September.

The mission of the nonprofit Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences. The Center presents and hosts hundreds of events each year, including the Center Presents performance series, featuring the best in classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, comedy and other genres. The campus in Carmel, Indiana, includes a 1,600-seat concert hall, the Palladium; a 500-seat proscenium theater, the Tarkington; and the black-box Studio Theater. The Center is home to the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation and provides space and support services for six resident companies: Actors Theatre of Indiana, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Civic Theatre, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and Indiana Wind Symphony. The Center also provides educational and experiential programming for people of all ages. More information is available at TheCenterPresents.org.

Tickets are available online at TheCenterPresents.org, Tickets@TheCenterPresents.org or (317) 843-3800

All performances will take place at the Palladium concert hall except (*) at the Tarkington theater.

Hoosier Village and The Barrington of Carmel Songbook Series

  • Songbook Academy in Concert – July 23
  • Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance Tour – October 15
  • Ella: The Music of Ella Fitzgerald in Concert – November 4
  • The Four Phantoms in Concert – April 21, 2023
  • Get Happy: Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial – April 29, 2023

Printing Partners Classical Series

  • Joshua Bell and Peter Dugan – September 29
  • Europa Galante with Fabio Biondi – October 6
  • Wu Han, Benjamin Beilman and David Finckel: Schubert Trios – November 13
  • Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine – February 24, 2023
  • Abilene – April 15, 2023

Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz Series

  • Herb Alpert & Lani Hall in Concert – September 22
  • Madeleine Peyroux: “Careless Love” & Paula Cole: “This Fire” – October 20
  • Chris Botti – November 5
  • Boney James – February 18, 2023
  • Sammy Miller and The Congregation – March 3, 2023
  • Jonathan Butler – March 26, 2023

Katz, Sapper & Miller Pop/Rock Series

  • Jimmie Vaughan – September 9*
  • Tower of Power – September 30
  • Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: Life in the Past Lane – October 13
  • Jon McLaughlin – November 2*
  • Take Me to the River NOLA LIVE! – November 18
  • The Mavericks: En Español World Tour – January 27, 2023
  • Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin Together Onstage – April 13, 2023
  • Evil Woman – The American ELO – May 5, 2023

Old Town Family Series

  • Voca People – October 9
  • The Queen’s Cartoonists – October 16
  • Charles Peachock, juggler – November 5 (two shows)*
  • Ugly Duckling – January 28, 2023 (two shows)*
  • Peking Acrobats – March 18, 2023

Telamon Passport Series

  • Angelique Kidjo – October 23
  • Gilberto Santa Rosa – November 11
  • Eliane Elias – November 20
  • Dublin Irish Dance: Wings – February 10, 2023
  • George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – April 30, 2023

Faegre Drinker Encore Series

  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – September 23
  • Diana Krall – October 11

National Geographic Live Series

  • Brian Skerry: Secrets of the Whales – November 15
  • Lindsay Zanno: T. Rex Rises – February 21, 2023
  • Filipe DeAndrade: Untamed – April 25, 2023

Holiday Series

  • All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 – December 2
  • Canadian Brass Christmas – December 3
  • Luminare Christmas – December 8
  • Dave Koz and Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour – December 9
  • Marie Osmond: A Symphonic Christmas Tour – December 10
  • Michael Bolton: Greatest Hits & Holiday Favorites – December 13
  • Celtic Woman: A Christmas Symphony Tour 2022 – December 15

Comedy Series

  • Lewis Black: Off the Rails – September 24
  • My Name Is NOT Mom – October 14
  • Kevin Nealon – April 7, 2023

Special Events

  • Center Celebration 2022 presented by Krieg DeVault – September 16
  • U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus – November 10