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Symphony on the Circle

Monument Circle

1 Monument Circle Indianapolis, IN 46204
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The Performance

Join the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and dozens of performing arts partners for this exciting inaugural event on Monument Circle! Designed to celebrate the connections we make through the shared love of music and performance, the ISO has partnered with Downtown Indy, Inc. to offer a free day of live music, food trucks, and networking with community organizations. The event takes place outdoors on Monument Circle starting at 11 a.m., but also continues inside Hilbert Circle Theatre with a special Teddy Bear Concert at noon, an instrument petting zoo, and The Sassy Violist at 1:30 p.m. The day concludes with a livestream at 5:30 p.m. of the ISO performing The Sea: Elgar, Mendelssohn, and Debussy, conducted by Music Director Jun Märkl, broadcast on the large screen outside.

Outdoor stage:

11:20 a.m. Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

11:50 a.m. Indiana Ballet Conservatory

12:10 p.m. Ballet Theatre of Carmel Academy

12:30 p.m. Indiana University Jacobs School of Music: BOOMington Tuba-Euphonium Quartet

1:00 p.m. Lion Dance – Indiana Association of Chinese-Americans

1:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Mosaicos Indianapolis

2:00 p.m. Suzuki Academy

2:20 p.m. Castlewood Singers

2:40 p.m. Ballet INitiative

3:00 p.m. Circle City Orchestra

3:30 p.m. Metropolitan Youth Orchestra

4:10 p.m. ISO Cello Ensemble

4:40 p.m. Words on Music. Learn more about this evening’s concert and what to listen for.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Bring your chairs and blankets to view a live stream of the ISO performing The Sea: Elgar, Mendelssohn, and Debussy

Food and beverage vendors:

Ash & Elm
Books, Bourbon & Bacon
Brozinni Pizzeria
Gordan’s Ice Cream
Upland Brewing

Outdoor Community Partners:

Arts for Learning
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Circle City Orchestra
Classical Music Indy
Drum Corps International
Heartland Film
Hoosier Asian American Power
Indiana Ballet Conservatory
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Indianapolis Ballet
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Jazz Foundation
La Plaza Indy



Open House from 12-3 p.m. Hilbert Circle Theatre:

12 p.m. Teddy Bear Concert “The Runaway Strings”
12:30 p.m. Instrument Petting Zoo
1:30 p.m. Tunes & Tales with The Sassy Violist
2:15 p.m. Instrument Petting Zoo
12 p.m. Main Stage: ISO Cello Quartet
1 p.m. Main Stage: ISO Cello Ensemble
2 p.m. Main Stage: ISO Cello Ensemble


Indoor Community Partners: 

International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
Plus, learn about volunteering with the ISO, FORTE Young Professionals, and Pops programming!

This initiative is made possible with generous support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation Margot L. Eccles Arts & Culture Fund.

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