Symphony in Color


Symphony in Color art contest

“Symphony in Color shows the immense creativity that young people are capable of expressing when engaged in music and art. My wife, Joanna, and I strongly believe that that opportunities like this are incredibly important, and we can’t wait to be inspired by what the children will create this year!”

 – ISO Music director Krzysztof UrbaŃski

Symphony in Color is an annual enrichment program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association which offers a unique blending of symphonic music and visual arts. Involving more than 30,000 Indiana school children in grades 1-6, Symphony in Color culminates in a juried exhibition at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and the Indiana State Museum.



Important Dates for 2017-18:

Deadline for submitting artwork - Friday February 3, 2018 by 5:00pm
Contest week and judging - February 6-8, 2018
Gold Ribbon Winners Exhibition at the Hilbert Circle Theatre - February 26 to March 26, 2018   
Awards Tea for Gold Ribbon Winners - March 4, 2018 
Exhibition of 100 finalists at the Indiana State Museum - April 2 to May 4, 2018 

Musical Selections:

Beethoven | Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 73 ("Emperor")                                                                              
Weber | Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65 (Arr. Berlioz)
Handel | Music for the Royal Fireworks
Haydn | Second Movement of Symphony No. 101 in D Major ("The Clock")
Mahler | What the Wild Flowers Tell Me (Arr. Britten)


contest Information:

Five classical works are chosen from the current ISO concert season. While listening to the repertoire, students create their own works of art, inspired by the music they hear. One hundred finalists and 36 blue ribbon winners are selected from the thousands of pieces of art entered. One entry receives the Renato Pacini Award and is displayed in the Hilbert Circle Theatre for an entire year. A Maestro Award is given to the teacher with the most finalists. Also, a People's Choice Award is chosen from among the blue ribbon winners by the ISOA and Symphony members during a People's Choice Luncheon. 





For information, contact the ISO Association at 317.262.4068.

Title Sponsor:

Supported by: 
Elba L. & Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation Inc.


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