Edo De Waart Conducts Elgar

Jennifer Christen interprets one of the finest and most challenging concertos for oboe ever written, Strauss' Oboe Concerto, inspired by an American soldier in 1945. Elgar's Enigma Variations stands as one of the great mysteries of classical music, leaving listeners to ponder the puzzle that Elgar took to his grave. Listeners will recognize "Nimrod," a variation that is often used at solemn occasions or memorial services. The Chairman Dances began as a foxtrot and comes from Act III of Nixon in China, written by Adams as a warmup before taking on the composition of the full opera.

"I cannot wait to play the Strauss Oboe Concerto with our Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra- and with former oboist Edo De Waart conducting. The oboe is the only woodwind instrument to have a concerto in our repertoire by Richard Strauss...lucky us! The work is full of beautiful melodies, a palette of colors and extreme virtuosity in both technique and endurance. I'd love to see you there!" —Jennifer Christen


This performance is at the historic Hilbert Circle Theatre. Doors will open one hour before the performance.



The program book will be posted closer to the performance date.

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The Chairman Dances


Concerto in D major for Oboe and Small Orchestra


Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 ("Enigma")

Edo De Waart


Jennifer Christen

ISO Principal Oboe

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