Marsh Symphony on the Prairie
A 35-year tradition continues this summer with Marsh Symphony on the Prairie—the best value in central Indiana for outdoor music and entertainment!
Experience the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and many other musical guests each weekend at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. It’s the perfect place to meet friends, family, and even large groups for a fun night out. Bring your own food and drinks or purchase concessions on site. Buy a table by the stage or bring your blanket for the lawn. Symphony on the Prairie allows you to enjoy the music the way you want.
The 2017 Symphony on the Prairie lineup is here! Save big when you purchase a 10-Ticket Value Pack, valid for any performance!
Friday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m.—Teacher's Night
Stefan Asbury, Conductor
The ISO opens the 36th season of Symphony on the Prairie with what is probably the most beloved musical composition in the western world. Enjoy our summer kickoff with a fantastic evening of classical favorites, from those first four iconic notes of Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 to a plethora of other well-known works.
One of These Nights—A Tribute to the Eagles*
Friday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m.
You’ll get a peaceful, easy feelin’ from this tribute to the music of the Eagles featuring The Rewinders and Retro Singers. Their greatest hits will be performed including “Hotel California,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Desperado,” and more.
FEELING GROOVY—REMEMBERING THE SUMMER OF LOVE
Saturday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Jeffrey Reed, Conductor
Fifty years ago, over 100,000 young people converged on San Francisco to share their interest in hippie fashions, politics, and music. The Rewinders bring back the music of that memorable summer with songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, and many more!
Star Spangled Symphony
Saturday, July 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Alfred Savia, Conductor
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Salute to American's Military—All four nights!
Bring a picnic and wear your red, white, and blue for the ISO’s annual patriotic celebration of America. The ISO will salute all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces each night. This summertime tradition features symphony favorites, including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with real cannons, and spectacular fireworks to cap off each concert.
Romance under the Stars
Friday, July 7 at 8:00 p.m.
What is more romantic than the two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet? The ISO performs several variations on this famous tale from Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Gounod, as well as other classical works with love themes.
John Williams Strikes Back
Friday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Join the ISO as it performs an array of John Williams’ movie music, including the historic and popular Star Wars scores. Williams composed all the music for the “Star Wars” franchise including the original movie, which was named the greatest American film score of all time by the American Film Institute.
Just the Hits: 20 Years of Doo Wop Classics
Friday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m.—Scout Night presented by Printing Partners
Jack Everly, Conductor
The harmonies of Doo Wop will fill the night sky as the ISO performs some of the biggest hits of the 50s and 60s, including favorites from the Temptations, Four Seasons, the Satins, and the Platters.
Boy and Girl Scouts under age 18 and Scout Leaders in uniform will receive free admission on Friday, July 21, with the donation of a one-pound box of spaghetti.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy*
Friday, July 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy returns to the Conner Prairie stage with its high-voltage sound and feel-good energy. The band is known for its unique blend of jazz, swing, Dixieland, and big band that gets the whole family up and dancing.
The Beach Boys*
Friday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Captained by founding member Mike Love, the Beach Boys take the stage for a very special weekend of legendary hits and new songs. The band that captured the “California Sound” brings decades of hit singles and an all-star lineup to Symphony on the Prairie; you’ll forget you’re landlocked with a “Fun, Fun, Fun” night of surf rock!
Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles*
Friday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m.
Classical Mystery Tour returns with their annual Symphony on the Prairie tribute to the Beatles. The night includes more than two dozen Beatles tunes performed exactly as they were originally recorded, from the early Beatles on through “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Let It Be.”
Rumours: The Fleetwood Mac Experience*
Friday, August 18 at 8:00 p.m.—College and Alumni Night
Let the Rumours Tribute Band take you back to a time when the music was magic and rock bands knew how to put on a show. From its period-accurate equipment to authentic costumes, the band will help audiences relive the mystic music of Fleetwood Mac.
Wear your school colors to the concert on Friday night and cheer along as the fight songs from many Indiana universities are played after intermission.
Who's Bad: Music of Michael Jackson*
Friday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m.—Nurses Night
Due to popular demand, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band is back for another performance of the chart-topping music and jaw-dropping dance moves of the undisputed King of Pop. Sing and dance along with them to your favorite Michael Jackson hits, such as “Beat It,” “Thriller,” and so many more!
PURPLE VEINS: The Essential Prince Tribute Band*
Thursday, August 31 at 8:00 p.m.
Party like it's 1999 with the legendary Prince tribute band, Purple Veins. The one time you won't mind a little "rain" (purple, that is) on the Prairie!
Zoso: Music of Led Zeppelin*
Saturday, September 2 at 8:00 p.m.
For nearly 20 years, Zoso has embodied the spirit of Led Zeppelin while also capturing the power and passion of the band’s music. Having performed more than 2,400 live shows around the world, this “Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience” makes its Conner Prairie debut to close out the season.
*The ISO does not perform on these concerts
Single Tickets & Tables on Sale NOW
Single tickets and tables for Marsh Symphony on the Prairie concerts can be purchased the following ways:
- Marsh stores – Discount adult tickets may be purchased at all Indiana Marsh locations with the presentation of a Marsh Fresh Idea Card for $28/adults and $12/children under age 12.
- Advance concert tickets may be purchased online for $29/adults and $13/children under age 12. Premium advance concert tickets are $35/adults and $13/children.
- Conner Prairie Amphitheatre – Gate prices at the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre are $36/adults and $15/children under age 12. Premium concert tickets are $42 for adults.
Single tables can be purchased are $75 each, or $99 for premium concerts.
When you purchase 30 or more tickets at one time, you are eligible for the discounted group rate!
Upgrade the Prairie Experience
The ISO Sunset Lounge presented by Terry Lee Hyundai and Terry Lee Genesis returns this year with the ultimate concert upgrade. Lounge tickets are $50 ($60 for Premium Concert weekends) and include exclusive access to a VIP lounge area located next to the Conner Prairie Amphitheatre stage, private bathrooms, a $10 voucher to purchase food and drink, and occasional artist meet and greets. Lounge patrons also have access to a special parking area allowing for quick entry and exit.
At the Concert
All Marsh Symphony on the Prairie concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Getting to Conner Prairie
Conner Prairie is located six miles north of Indianapolis on Allisonville Road (exit 205 from Interstate 69 North). The address is 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN, 46038.
Weather and Traffic alerts
Concert cancellations due to weather are reported via the ISO's weather hotline at 317.758.SOTP, Facebook page and Twitter feed. "Like" the ISO on Facebook and follow @Indy_Symphony on Twitter for up-to-date concert information.
Rain won't dampen the mood.
Bring your rain gear! The ISO and its guest artists make every attempt to perform, even in rainy weather. In the event of severe weather that might cancel a concert, we will invite you back. Rain checks will be distributed and will admit ticketholders for lawn seating to any remaining Marsh Symphony on the Prairie concert. Replacement table seating is arranged through the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office and is subject to availability. Valid rain checks will be confirmed the day after the cancellation on our website.
Symphony on the Prairie has a no refund policy on all events. If a concert is canceled, tickets can be used for a future summer performance, and any table, parking, or ISO Sunset Lounge purchases can be exchanged into a future concert.
Free parking is available, but for only $28 ($40 on premium nights) per spot, Premium Parking offers a quick commute to your seat and a fast exit after the concert. Spots must be purchased at least 5 days in advance of your concert. Premium parking will be available beginning April 24.
Accessible parking is available with golf cart transportation to and from the gates. For more information, please contact the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at 317.639.4300.
Groups of eight or more with rented tables or lawn seating can order "green sack" dinners - a casual, simple meal in a recycled paper sack. Green sack dinners must be pre-ordered directly through MBP Distinctive Catering by noon the Wednesday prior to a concert by calling 317.636.4444.
For larger groups requiring a private area, call Conner Prairie to rent one of three picnic pavilions. The sales and catering team will help secure the right pavilion for your group size and coordinate meal and beverage servicing. Contact Conner Prairie at 317.214.4495 for details. Pavilion rentals require catering from Conner Prairie.
Food and drink - bring your own or buy at the Prairie.
Feel free to bring your own food, drink (including alcoholic beverages), lawn chairs and blankets. Food vendors are on site and concessions are sold at all concerts - including beer and wine.
What can't I bring?
We do not allow pets, grills, large tables, large umbrellas, tents, firearms, fireworks, tiki torches or sparklers.
Lost or Forgotten Tickets
Tickets purchased for any Marsh Symphony on the Prairie concert that have been lost or forgotten at home can not be reprinted on site at the Conner Prairie Box Office. New tickets will need to be purchased to allow entry into the amphitheater.
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