Lilly Classical Series


Below is the 2017–2018  Lilly Classical Series of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Doors will open one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance begins. 


Zach De Pue & Austin Huntington: Brahms Double Concerto

Friday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Zach De Pue, Violin (ISO Concertmaster)
Austin Huntington, Cello (ISO Principal)

Haydn | Symphony No. 101, "The Clock"
Brahms | Double Concerto
Brahms | Variation on a Theme by Haydn

The virtuoso of your Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra take center stage as concertmaster Zach De Pue and principal cellist Austin Huntington are the soloists in Brahms’ Double Concerto. Don’t miss Haydn’s “London” Symphony and Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Haydn” led by Music Director Krzysztof Urbański.


Prokofiev Piano Concertos

Friday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Anna Vinnitskaya | Garrick Ohlsson | Alon Goldstein, Piano

Prokofiev | Piano Concertos 1, 3, and 4

Prokofiev | Symphony No. 1, Piano Concertos 2 and 5

Three piano soloists perform five pieces over two nights! The unparalleled keyboard virtuosity of Sergei Prokofiev comes to life in the Hilbert Circle Theatre in this once-in-a-lifetime musical experience.


Music for the Royal Fireworks

Saturday, January 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Nicholas McGegan, Conductor
Karen Gomyo, Violin

Handel | Royal Fireworks Music
Mozart | Violin Concerto No. 3
Mendelssohn | "Hebrides" Overture
Haydn | Symphony No. 103, "Drumroll"

Baroque master Nicholas McGegan and the ISO ring in the New Year with Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks,” plus Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto with dazzling young soloist, Karen Gomyo.


Ohlsson Plays Tchaikovsky

Friday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

Borodin | Polovtsian Dances
Tchaikovsky | Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
Shostakovich | Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 54

Music Director Krzysztof Urbański and the ISO welcome legendary master of the keyboard, Garrick Ohlsson, for Tchaikovsky impassioned First Piano Concerto. Plus, Borodin’s Polovotsian Dances — the inspiration for Broadway’s “Kismet” — and Shostakovich’s light-hearted Sixth Symphony.


Beethoven's "Pastoral"

Friday, January 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Thomas Hampson, Baritone
Kelly O'Connor, Mezzo Soprano

Beethoven | Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral")
Mahler | Des Knaben Wunderhorn

His Sixth Symphony is Beethoven at peace, alone in his beloved nature. Beethoven’s “Pastoral” will be paired with Mahler’s songs from “The Magic Horn of Youth,” of which Mahler’s protégé Brunco Walter said, “Everything that moved him was there—nature, piety, longing, love, parting, night, the world of spirits...”


Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3

Friday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Bramwell Tovey, Conductor
Benjamin Beilman, Violin

Weber (orch. Berlioz) | Invitation to the Dance
Saint-Saëns | Violin Concerto No. 3
Stravinsky | Petrushka

Young American violinist Benjamin Beilman—hailed by the Washington Post as “mightily impressive”—joins the ISO for Camille Saint-Saëns’ spirited Violin Concerto No. 3. Long-time Vancouver Symphony Music Director Bramwell Tovey leads Stravinsky’s enchanting and colorful Petrushka.


Kirill Gerstein plays Beethoven's "Emperor"

Friday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Nikolaj Znaider, Conductor
Kirill Gerstein, Piano

Beethoven | Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"
Elgar | Symphony No. 2

Beethoven’s final piano concerto is also his greatest. In the hands of Russian sensation Kirill Gerstein, it will be a concert experience not to be missed.


Vadim Gluzman Plays Bruch

Friday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m.

Hans Graf, Conductor
Vadim Gluzman, Violin

Schumann | Overture, Scherzo & Finale
Bruch | Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor
Mahler | Blumine
R. Strauss | Death and Transfiguration

Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman has thrilled audiences across the globe with a heroic style harkening back to the greatest virtuosi. This concert also features the return of guest conductor Hans Graf.


Bronfman Plays Beethoven

Friday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Yefim Bronfman, Piano

Beethoven | Coriolan Overture
Beethoven | Piano Concerto No. 3
Dvorák | Symphony No. 7 in D Minor

Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a marvel of digital dexterity, warmly romantic sentiment, and jaw-dropping bravura,” Yefim Bronfman is one of the great artists of the day. He joins Music Director Krzysztof Urbański and the ISO for Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto.


Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Matthew Halls, Conductor

Bach | Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major
Bach | Passacaglia in C Minor (arranged for string orchestra by Matthew Halls)
MacMillan | Sinfonietta
Sibelius | Symphony No. 5

Finland so loved Jean Sibelius that they declared his 50th birthday a national holiday and commissioned him to compose a symphony for the occasion. The result was the majestic Fifth Symphony, which has endured for more than a century as a testament to the great composer’s genius.


Urbański Conducts Tchaikovsky's Fourth

Friday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, Cello

Kilar | Orawa
Lutosławski | Cello Concerto
Tchaikovsky | Symphony No. 4

Just before the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra departs for the SHIFT Festival at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Music Director Krzysztof Urbański leads Tchaikovsky’s thrilling Fourth Symphony, plus the Cello Concerto of his countryman Witold Lutoslawski.


Saint-Saëns "Egyptian" Piano Concerto

Saturday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Gustavo Gimeno, Conductor
Javier Perianes, Piano

Ravel | Mother Goose Suite
Saint-Saëns | Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Egyptian")
Tchaikovsky | The Tempest: Fantasy Overture, Op. 17
Bartok | Suite from "The Miraculous Mandarin"

Camille Saint-Saëns made his debut piano recital at age 10. His precocious talent would blossom into prodigious output including a Piano Concerto cycle rivaling any other. The ISO performs the capstone “Egyptian” Concerto with Spanish-born soloist Javier Perianes.


Rachmaninoff's Ravishing Second Symphony

Friday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Karina Canellakis, Conductor
Jennifer Koh, Violin

Debussy | "Rondes de printempsfrom Images
Andrew Norman | Violin Concerto (ISO co-commission)
Rachmaninoff | Symphony No. 2

The premiere of Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony was so poorly received that it took years of psychotherapy and hypnosis to drive away his self-doubt. Thankfully, he persevered with the triumphant Symphony, a lush and romantic masterpiece that moves us to this day.


Mozart's Final Year

In a life spanning just 35 years, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart left an astonishing musical legacy. More than two centuries after his death, Mozart’s music still speaks to us, moves us, and leaves us breathless. To conclude the 2017−18 Lilly Classical Series, Music Director Krzysztof Urbański, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and special guests explore the incredible masterworks composed in Mozart’s  final year: the haunting Requiem—Mozart’s last statement—and the timeless opera, The Magic Flute.


Friday, June 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Emanuel Ax, Piano

Mozart | Overture to "La Clemenza di Tito"
Mozart | Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-Flat, K. 595
Mozart | Requiem


Mozart's "The Magic Flute"

Friday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor

Mozart | The Magic Flute



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