Public invited to celebrate Palladium’s grand opening


  The Center for the Performing Arts has finalized plans for the Palladium’s January 22-30 grand opening week presented by St.Vincent Health. The celebration will begin with a ceremonial ribbon cutting scheduled for Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 11 a.m.
“The community is anxious to experience this state-of-the-art hall in person. We have made sure opening weekend is packed with a lively mix of musical events open to everyone,” said Steven B. Libman, President/CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts. “The Palladium is a one-of-a-kind concert hall. Opening week presents an amazing opportunity to join us as we unveil this magnificent arts venue.”
Immediately following the January 22 ribbon cutting, Carmel Brass will present a free concert. Next, Community Day presented by Vectren continues with back-to-back musical performances on the Palladium stage as part of “Take Center Stage.” A free open house continues the weekend’s celebration lineup on January 23.
Additionally, Governor Mitch Daniels has designated the week of January 22-30, 2011 as Palladium Week. The proclamation honors the Center for the Performing Arts and its positive contributions to the State of Indiana.
The gala dinner and concert is Saturday, January 29, 2011. The gala features artistic director Michael Feinstein with jazz artist Chris Botti, vocalists Neil Sedaka, Dionne Warwick and Cheyenne Jackson. The gala will be produced by Hollywood producer Gordon Hunt and will include performances by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.
On Sunday afternoon, January 30, the Palladium’s first Bose McKinney & Evans Classics Series concert debuts featuring a roster of world-class artists: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Miró Quartet and cellist Lynn Harrell. Tickets are available at the Palladium box office, One Center Green, by phone at 317-843-3800 or online at
The Center for the Performing Arts, which is currently under construction in Carmel City Center, will include the Palladium concert hall, the Tarkington proscenium theater and the 200-seat Studio Theater. The Palladium will also be home to Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Collection, acting as a museum and education center by day and a concert venue by night.
Opening week lineup:
Saturday, January 22
10 a.m. – Palladium doors open
11 a.m. – Public ribbon-cutting ceremony (free)
Speakers: Center for the Performing Arts CEO/President Steven B. Libman and board chair Rollin Dick, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, Architect David Schwarz. Additional elements will include opening fanfare by herald trumpeters, 38th Infantry Division Band (Indiana Army National Guard), Carmel Brass, time-lapse video, balloon drop and ribbon cutting.
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Concert by Carmel Brass (free)
Featuring the premiere performance of “The Palladium Suite,” composed by Carmel resident Scott Jurek.
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Community Day
Sponsors: Vectren, Dodd Technologies, Inc.
Back-to-back musical performances on the Palladium stage as part of “Take Center Stage at the Palladium.” This musical showcase features all ages and a variety of talent from across Indiana. Auditions were held on December 28. Videos of auditions available at
Sunday, January 23
10:30 a.m. – Palladium doors open
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Open House (free)
Featuring musical and performing arts on the Palladium stage; plus, self-guided tours throughout the concert hall.
11:00 a.m. – Gregory Hancock Dance Theater
11:30 a.m. – New World Youth Orchestra
1:30 – CSO String Quartet
2:30 – Indiana University Jazz Group
3:30 – Purdue University Glee Club

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