CSO to perform with CHS orchestra


By Rick Morwick

When Janna Hymes became music director for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in September 2017, one of her goals was to partner with the Carmel High School orchestra as an educational outreach.

Little more than a year later, her objective has been accomplished.

On Nov. 18, the CSO will perform a side-by-side concert with the CHS orchestra at 4 p.m. in the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

The orchestras will perform three movements from Dvorak’s “New World Symphony. The piece, according to CSO educational director Laura Payne, is a favorite of both orchestras.

“We will have two rehearsals together before the performance,” Payne said. “The high school musicians have been preparing the Dvorak symphony during the semester, and the CSO musicians have performed it many times. We will rehearse together at Carmel High School on Nov. 15 and then have a combined dress rehearsal the afternoon of the performance.”

The concert will be the first time the orchestras have performed together. Payne regards the occasion a mutually beneficial experience.

“A collaboration between adult and student musicians is always a win-win for both groups,” Payne said. “The adults can share their expertise with the students, and the students can share their enthusiasm for performing with adults. Most of our CSO members have full-time jobs outside of performance, and it’s a good opportunity to demonstrate that making music can last a lifetime and enhance the quality of our lives.”

Carmel Symphony Orchestra will open with “The Inferno Dance” by Stravinsky, followed by Maya Kilburn, the 2018 Young Artist competition winner, performing the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major.” The CHS Strings will then perform “Jig” from Hoist’s “St. Paul Suite.” The concert will conclude with the orchestras joining for the Dvorak symphony.

“It will be very engaging for younger people in our audience,” Payne said. “We hope the high school musicians recognize the importance of continuing to develop their skills and look for opportunities in their future to connect with the local orchestra as a way to make friends and invest into the communities where they live.”

For tickets, visit carmelsymphony.org.