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23-24 Opening Night Gala

Hilbert Circle Theatre

Indianapolis, Indiana
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The Performance

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra welcomes back Indiana Living Legend and Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell along with the ISO’s fourth Music Director John Nelson for the 2023 Opening Night Gala. Bell has performed with every major orchestra worldwide and first came to national attention at the age of 14. Nelson was the ISO’s fourth music director and served the ISO from 1976 to 1987.

The program features Joshua Bell performing Bruch’s passionate First Violin Concerto. John Nelson leads a program that includes Mendelssohn’s joyful “Italian” Symphony. Soprano Larisa Martínez, who performed with Andrea Bocelli and the ISO in 2022 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, brings her stunning operatic talent to the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage for Mendelssohn’s Ah, ritorna, eta dell’oro.

The Gala is the ISO’s largest fundraising event of the year and is featured as part of the IU Health Plans Classical Series presented by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. Single tickets for the concert are still available.

Artistic Leadership

John Nelson
Former ISO Music Director


Joshua Bell
Larisa Martínez

Program to Include

Symphony No. 4 “Italian”


Violin Concerto No. 1


Ah, ritorna, eta dell'oro


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