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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to Present ‘Greetings From Worlds Old & New’, Weekend of May 19th – 21st

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents “Greetings From Worlds Old & New,” featuring guest conductor Jaime Martín, pianist Awadagin Pratt and ISO Principal Bassoon Ivy Ringel for three performances, May 19–21, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. The program includes Jerod Tate’s Ghost of the White Deer, Jessie Montgomery’s Rounds for Piano and Orchestra (a piece co-commissioned by the ISO), and Dvořák’s “New World Symphony.”

The musical roots of North America are explored in this concert, as the ISO performs music by Jerod Tate, a classical composer and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma. Based on Native American Indian lore, Tate’s Ghost of the White Deer describes the quest of a lovesick man searching for a white deer, which is sacred to the Chickasaw people. Acclaimed African-American composer Jessie Montgomery brings us a piano concerto co-commissioned by the ISO along with several orchestras throughout the United States, and the popular “New World Symphony” by Dvořák helped to validate American music and lore as a source of musical inspiration in the late 1890s when it debuted.

Tickets can be purchased online at the ISO website, https://www.indianapolissymphony.org/.

Performances begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19; 8 p.m. Friday, May 20; and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Per the ISO health and safety guidelines, proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours of the concert start time is required for entry. Masks are optional at Hilbert Circle Theatre. For more information regarding the policies of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, please visit the ISO website.

Jaime Martín took up the position of Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in February 2022. In September 2019 he became Chief Conductor of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Gävle Symphony Orchestra since 2013, and his time there has brought the orchestra a new level of international recognition through highly acclaimed recordings and touring performances. Having spent many years as a highly regarded flautist, working with the most inspiring conductors of our time, Jaime turned to conducting full-time in 2013 and has become very quickly sought after at the highest

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. Pratt received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins as well as an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University after delivering the commencement address in 2012.In 1992 Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has played numerous recitals throughout the U.S. Pratt is a professor of piano at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He also served as the Artistic Director of the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati and is currently the Artistic Director of the Art of the Piano Festival at CCM.

Ivy Ringel is the Principal Bassoon of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her time in Indianapolis, Ringel served as the Principal Bassoon of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. As an active freelance musician and teacher in the Atlanta area, she held a teaching position at Morehouse College, and taught masterclasses at Columbus State University (GA). She also ran a large private studio and taught group classes at several Atlanta-area middle and high schools. Ringel performed regularly with orchestras such as the Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Jacksonville Symphony.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, at home and thriving in the heart of Indianapolis, offers an exceptional artistic and musical experience. The orchestra is open to all and dedicated to creating an inclusive and innovative experiential environment that is inspiring, educational, and welcoming. The ISO celebrates historically beloved performances while engaging audiences by introducing new voices through programming including the DeHaan Classical Series, the Printing Partners Pops Series, the holiday traditions of AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration and the popular Bank of America Film Series. For more information, visit www.indianapolissymphony.org.