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March 12, 2023

Conductor Fabien Gabel leads the ISO and Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger in Stravinsky’s Firebird

INDIANAPOLIS—Håkan Hardenberger performs Tomasi’s Trumpet Concerto, an expressive and technical piece that was once declared “unplayable.” Schmitt’s most famous composition—the symphonic suite from the ballet La Tragédie de Salomé—and Stravinsky’s ballet and orchestral work The Firebird, with its story of good versus evil, will come to life under the dynamic stylings of conductor Fabien Gabel.


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Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday, March 17; and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18


For more information regarding the policies of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, please visit the ISO website.


Clowes Collaborative Inaugural Invitational Art Exhibit on display at Hilbert Circle Theatre through June 4
Three of Indiana’s most enduring arts and arts-supporting organizations are joining in a special collaboration of music and visual art. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Hoosier Art Salon, and the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc. are partners in an art exhibition and competition called the Clowes Collaborative. Artwork by 18 award-winning Hoosier Salon artists will be on display throughout Hilbert Circle Theatre for all ISO patrons to enjoy from March 10 through June 4, 2023. Event Sponsor: Daniel H. Spitzberg, M.D. Charitable Fund; Supporting Sponsors: The Rapp Families – George, John and James; and Jerry and Rosie Semler; Underwriting Sponsor: Diana and Dan Yates.


About Fabien Gabel

Fabien Gabel has established an international career of the highest caliber, appearing with orchestras such as London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Minnesota Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Oslo Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Praised for his dynamic style and sensitive approach to the score, he is best known for his eclectic repertoire choices ranging from core symphonic works to new music to championing lesser-known composers of the 19th and the 20th century.


Having attracted international attention in 2004 as the winner of the Donatella Flick conducting competition, Fabien Gabel was assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra 2004-2006. He was music director of Orchestre Symphonique de Québec 2012-2021 and Orchestre Francais de Jeunes 2017-2021.


Born in Paris to a family of accomplished musicians, Fabien Gabel began playing the trumpet at the age of six and honed his skills at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. He played with various Parisian orchestras under prominent conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle and Bernard Haitink before embarking on his conducting career.


About Håkan Hardenberger

Håkan Hardenberger is one of the world’s leading soloists, recognized for his phenomenal performances and innovation. He is also renowned as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new trumpet works. Hardenberger performs with the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Philharmoniker, Concertgebouworkest, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he collaborates with include Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, Ingo Metzmacher, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo, François-Xavier Roth, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and John Storgårds.


Hardenberger was born in Malmö, Sweden. He began studying the trumpet at the age of eight with Bo Nilsson in Malmö and continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire, with Pierre Thibaud, and in Los Angeles with Thomas Stevens. He is a professor at the Malmö Conservatoire.


About the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

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 Film Series presented by Bank of America. For more information, visit the ISO website.


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