Happy Hour at the Symphony blends Copland and Bon Iver, classical and popular


The concert series was created and directed by the ISO’s resident trio Time for three (above) and Steve Hackman. (Submitted photo)

On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform the third Happy Hour at the Symphony program that will blend the music of American classical composer Aaron Copland with indie folk group Bon Iver. The Orchestra and conductor Steve Hackman will be performing Hackman’s arrangement fusing Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” and “Holocene” with Copland’s suite from “Appalachian Spring.”

Created and directed by the ISO’s resident trio, Time for Three and Hackman, the Happy Hour at the Symphony concerts have been designed to bridge the wide gap between classical and popular music, allowing the listener to see the similarities and differences in each. Previous concerts in the series have featured performances by Time for Three, a young and exciting trio featuring double bassist Ranaan Meyer and violinists Zach DePue and Nick Kendall, as well as indie singer-songwriter My Brightest Diamond.

In addition to the Orchestra, the 50-minute performance will also feature local vocalists Kristin Newborn, Katie Purifoy and Will Post. Newborn is most well-known for her role in and creation of the local sensation Slothpop in 2009.Purifoy became involved in the local music scene in 2010 with her band Jascha, and Post’s self-titled debut album just released last year, featuring his take on modern electronic-pop art. With such a strong local lineup and the well-known talent present within the ISO, this is posed to be a show unlike available elsewhere.

  • WHAT:Happy Hour at the Symphony
  • WHEN: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Hilbert Circle Theatre (32 E. Washington St., Indianapolis)
  • COST: $25
  • INFO: Visit indianapolissymphony.org