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May 23, 2024

Exhibit at the Indiana State Library celebrates the women of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra  

INDIANAPOLIS—A new collaboration between the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis explores the history of female musicians in the ISO. The joint exhibit at the Indiana State Library, “Over Eight Decades of Classical Music, featuring Women of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and The Ensemble Music Society in Images and Words,” continues until June 30, 2024, just inside the 315 W. Ohio St. entrance.

“Women of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra” documents the impact of women on the organization’s nearly 100-year history. The pièce de résistance of the exhibit is the 1968 Symphony Gown, designed by famed American fashion designer Norman Norell and worn by the women of the orchestra between 1969 and 1979, which inspired the exhibit theme. Centered around the dress and its symbolic importance to the symphony’s history, the remainder of the exhibit features female musicians, composers, staff, and more from each decade of the orchestra’s history.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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 IU Health Plans Classical Series, the Printing Partners Pops Series, Kroger Symphony on the Prairie, the holiday traditions of AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration, and the popular Film Series presented by Bank of America. For more information, visit

Activities are made possible in part by Nickel Plate Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.