The Indiana Wind Symphony will open its 2020-21 season with a “Panoramic Fantasy” concert at 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Flutist Carl Butler of Carmel will be featured as soloist in Lowell Lieberman’s dazzling “Flute Concerto.” Other works include “Barber of Seville Overture,” Sam Hazo’s “In Heaven’s Air” and Julius Fucik’s march “Florentiner.” The latter piece will be paired with the premiere performance of a march written by Texas composer Kelly Bennette, “Quarantiner.”
The two resident companies at the Palladium, the Indiana Wind Symphony and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, will play the only concerts at the concert hall for the remainder of 2020. The audience will be distanced and masked. A maximum of 400 audience members will be admitted, There will be no intermission for the one-hour concert.
IWS Music Director Charles Conrad said IWS performed at the last event, a naturalization ceremony, at the Palladium before the pandemic forced a shutdown. The performance was March 10.
Butler began playing the flute at age 10. He graduated from high school at Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied flute with Tyra Gilb. In 2001, he earned his bachelor’s degree in flute performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Thomas Robertello.
After music school, Butler remained in Bloomington and earned a law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2004.
Butler joined the IWS in 2005 and has served as principal flutist since 2007. He has appeared as a featured soloist with the IWS several times. Butler also is a member of the Indy Winds Flute Choir; substitutes regularly with several regional orchestras; and serves as vice president and associate general counsel for Angie’s List.
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