Lilly Classical Series


Below is the 2018–2019  Lilly Classical Series of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Doors will open one hour before the performance begins.

paris festival

Friday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Wenzel Fuchs, Clarinet 

Mozart | Symphony No. 31 "Paris"
Copland | Clarinet Concerto
Guillaume Connesson | Les Cités de Lovecraft
Gershwin | An American in Paris

This two-week Parisian Festival will celebrate the sounds of the City of Light and the composers who loved Paris so dearly. 

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Urbański conducts mendelssohn

Friday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Alexi Kenney, Violin

Elgar | Violin Concerto
Grażyna Bacewicz | Uwertura (Overture)
Mendelssohn | Symphony No. 4 "Italian"

Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, also known as the Italian Symphony, is meant to evoke the sights and sounds of Italy, and Mendelssohn called it "the jolliest piece I have so far written." 

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Rachmaninoff's Third symphony

Friday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Daniele Rustioni, Conductor

Respighi | Fountains of Rome 
Shostakovich | Cello Concerto No. 1
Rachmaninoff | Symphony No. 3

Engaging melodies, rich harmonies, and orchestral textures describe Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3. 

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Zukerman leads the iso

Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Pinchas Zukerman, Conductor & Violin

Weber | Der Freischütz Overture
Haydn | Violin Concerto No. 1
Mozart | Overture to The Marriage of Figaro 
Schubert | Symphony No. 5

Zukerman will perform and conduct Haydn's delightful Violin Concerto No. 1 in addition to conducting Schubert's Symphony No. 5 with its fresh, light, and youthful sounds. 

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vocal masters: mahler, strauss, and more!

Friday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Christoph König, Conductor
Tara Erraught, Mezzo-Soprano

Wagner | Die Meistersinger Prelude
Mahler | Rückert Lieder 
Schubert | Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"
Strauss | Der Rosenkavalier Suite

The prelude to Wagner’s light-hearted opera Die Meistersinger, the song cycle of Mahler’s poetic Rückert Lieder, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, and Strauss’s suite from the comic opera Der Rosenkavalier takes the audience on a cultural listening voyage.

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Sounds of spain

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

Bramwell Tovey, Conductor
Svetlin Roussev, Violin

Turina | Danzas Fantasticas
Lalo | Symphonie Espagnole 
Ravel | Rapsodie Espagnole 
Falla | Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2
Falla | La Vida Breve Interlude and Dance

The ISO will lead patrons through a whirlwind of Spanish dances and delights. 


The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is saddened by the passing of Maestro Jesús López-Cobos, who was scheduled to make his ISO debut conducting our Sounds of Spain concerts. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and the many members of the orchestral community who worked with him throughout the years.

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Sibelius violin concerto

Friday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Peter Oundjian, Conductor
James Ehnes, Violin

Sibelius | Violin Concerto
Walton | Symphony No. 1

The violin was Jean Sibelius's first love, and gifted violinist James Ehnes will show off the virtuosity of Sibelius's one and only concerto. 

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michael francis conducts elgar

Friday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m.

Michael Francis, Conductor
Michelle De Young, Mezzo-Soprano
Anthony Dean Griffey, Tenor
Matthew Brook, Bass-Baritone
Eric Stark, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Director
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Elgar | The Dream of Gerontius 

The Dream of Gerontius is widely regarded as Elgar's finest choral work, and some consider it to be his masterpiece. 

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tchaikovsky's violin concerto

Friday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.

JoAnn Falletta, Conductor

Kodály | Dances of Galánta 
Tchaikovsky | Violin Concerto
Barber | Symphony No. 1
Elgar | In the South  

Enjoy the lyric melody of Tchaikovsky's well-known and only Violin Concerto. 

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wagner's tristan

Saturday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Matthias Pintscher, Conductor
Michelle De Young, Mezzo-Soprano

Wagner | Tristan und Isolde Prelude & Liebestod
Berg | Seven Early Songs 
Bruckner | Symphony No. 3

Wagner's influence reached far and wide - his prelude to Tristan und Isolde was said to be a source of direct inspiration to composer Arnold Schoenberg. 

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trifonov plays schumann

Friday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Daniil Trifonov, Piano

Kevin Puts | Orchestral Suite from Silent Night (ISO Co-Commission) 
Schumann | Piano Concerto
Brahms | Symphony No. 3

Maestro Urbański continues this season's cycle of Brahms and leads the ISO in a performance of the lush Third Symphony. 

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rachmaninoff's piano concertos

Friday, May 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, Piano

May 31: Rachmaninoff | Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini 
              Rachmaninoff | Piano Concerto No 4
              Rachmaninoff | Piano Concerto No. 2
June 1: Rachmaninoff | Vocalise
             Rachmaninoff | Piano Concerto No. 1
             Rachmaninoff | Piano Concerto No. 3

Master of the keyboard Garrick Ohlsson returns to the Hilbert Circle Theatre to perform all four of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concertos. 

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brilliance of brahms

Friday, June 7 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Krzysztof Urbański, Conductor
Joélle Harvey, Soprano
Kelley O'Connor, Mezzo-Soprano
Paul Groves, Tenor
Alexander Elliott, Baritone
Eric Stark, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Director
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Brahms | Symphony No. 4
Bruckner | Te Deum

With his fourth and final symphony, Brahms turns to the classics for inspiration, weaving in the sounds of Bach and Beethoven.

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