2015/16 Season

May 13, 2017

Orcenith Smith, conductor
Pike Performing Arts Center (directions)
Saturday, May 13, 2017 7:30 p.m.


Overture for Orchestra | Benjamin Shively, 2016 IMEA Student Composition Contest Winner

First Essay for Orchestra, Opus 12 | Samuel Barber

Three Latin American Dances (2004) | Gabriela Lena FRANK

The Pines of Rome | Ottorino Respighi

The Pines of the Villa Borghese
Pines Near a Catacomb
The Pines of the Janiculum
The Pines of the Appian Way

Ben ShivelyBen Shively is a Junior at West Lafayette High School, where he plays french horn in the Wind Ensemble and sings in the Chorale. He also plays in the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony. He has been interested in composition since he was very young, and last summer he attended Interlochen Arts Camp to study composition. Ben is excited and grateful for the opportunity to have his piece performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis.

March 19, 2017

Orcenith Smith, conductor
Athenaeum Theater (directions)
Sunday, March 19, 2017 3:00 p.m.

Intimate Opera Company
of Indianapolis


"The Magic Flute" Overture | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Series: Symphony 101

Dances of Galanta | Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)
Series: Imagination!


Operetta Selections w/Intimate Opera of Indianapolis
(selections subject to change)

"One Kiss" from "New Moon" | Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951)
Amy Hayes

"Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" from "New Moon" | Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951)
Steven Linville

"Serenade" from "The Student Prince" | Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951)
Blake Kendall

"The Desert Song" from "The Desert Song" | Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951)
Kim Wallace, Steven Linville

"Art is Calling for Me" from "The Enchantress" | Victor Herbert (1859-1924)
Kim Wallace

"Ah Sweet Mystery of Life" from "Naughty Marietta" | Victor Herbert (1859-1924)
Amy Hayes, Blake Kendall

"Ohio" from "Wonderful Town" | Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Amy Hayes, Meagan Searles Todd

"Glitter and Be Gay" from "Candide" | Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Amy Hayes

Act I Finale Quartet from "Candide" | Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Amy Hayes, Kim Wallace, Steven Linville, Blake Kendall

The Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis teams up with members of Indy's Intimate Opera to present a special look into the music of early 20th century operettas by Victor Herbert and Sigmund Romberg. These catchy works are shown to provide a gateway to the American musical as the Philharmonic/Intimate Opera performs selections from Leonard Bernstein's 1950s stage music, Sunday, March 19th at 3:00. Featured will be songs, duets and quartets from Romberg's The New Moon, The Student Prince, The Desert Song, Herbert's Naughty Marietta, The Enchantress, and Bernstein's Wonderful Town, and Candide.

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February 19, 2017

19th Annual Gospel Concert

Reginald Walters, Executive Producer
Pike Performing Arts Center
Sunday, February 19, 2017  3:00 p.m.

Featuring the Symphonic Praise Choir
Para Lee Gale, Director


Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
David Baker

Brian Thompson, Soloist

African-American Symphony
William Dawson

First Movement: "The Call of Africa"

"The Lords Prayer"
Albert Hay Malotte
Indianapolis Symphonic Praise Choir
Para Lee Gale: Director
Performing Arts Conservatory Dance Ensemble
Karome Walker, Choreographer

Symphonic Praise Choir presents
1998-2017 Looking Back: Masterworks in Gospel

Power & Beauty in Music

Sunday, November 20, 2016 3:00 p.m.
Orcenith Smith, conductor
Pike Performing Arts Center

"Egmont" Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

The Lark Ascending
Philip Palermo, violin soloist, Associate Concertmaster, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) 

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73
  I. Allegro non troppo
  II. Adagio non troppo
  III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andantino)
  IV. Allegro con spirit
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

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February 21, 2016

We Raise Our Voices - 18th Annual Gospel Concert

Reginald Walters, Executive Producer
Leadership Team, Para Lee Gale, Geoffrey Kelsaw, Robert Townsend
Pike Performing Arts Center
Sunday, February 21, 2016  3:00 p.m.

Featuring the Symphonic Praise Choir
Para Lee Gale, Director


Symphony No. 5 in E Minor
Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky

Fourth Movement

Collage Of Sacred Spirituals

"Nessun Dorma" from Turandot
Giacomo Puccini

The Prayer
Claudia Montana


The Battle Hymn
William Steffe
Arr. Peter J. Wilhousky


Micha Stampley

"I Love You More Than Anything"
Lamar Campbell

"Open The Sky!"
Lamar Campbell


"Angels Watching Over Me"
Richard Smallwood

"Holy Thou Art God"
Arr. Robert Townsend

"Let The Church Say Amen!"
Andre Crouch

"Lion Of Judah"
Beverly Crawford

Rickey Dillard

"March Of The Levite Priests"
"Lift Him Up"

R. Smallwood

March 4, 2016

The Phil is turning 75.

When You Wish Upon a Star-- A Celebration of
75 years of Community Orchestra

The Phil is turning 75!

Come and help us celebrate with a Galaxy of Stars at Our First Annual Gala Fundraiser!

Enjoy a fabulous evening of hors d'oeuvres and celebration and get up close and personal with the talented performers of both the Indianapolis Philharmonic and the Symphonic Praise Choir as they perform classical, pop, jazz and musical theatre in small groups on three stages throughout the evening!

It's a glorious evening of music and food!

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The Phil has presented our community with 75 years of excellent concerts, innovative programming, and outstanding educational programs. Come celebrate with our musicians and help support the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis as we kick off our next 75 years.

The music begins the minute you walk in the door and continues throughout the night. Stroll the room and bid on marvelous Silent Auction items while you enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

The Silent Auction will include gorgeous original artwork, gift certificates from local businesses, tickets for area arts performances. You can even bid on a chance to be an assistant conductor at an upcoming concert!

Don't miss this amazing evening!

Come out and support The Phil

and celebrate with us!



April 24, 2016

75th Anniversary Concert: Wishing Upon a Star 

Orcenith Smith, conductor
Pike Performing Arts Center
Sunday, April 24, 2016  3:00 p.m.


Greeting Prelude
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) 

Festive Overture
Dmitri Shostakovich  (1906-1975)  

New composers!
2015 Indiana Music Education Association
Student Composition Winners  

Celebrate with Symphonic Praise Choir works


Raise the Roof (Phringe Festival)
Michael Daugherty (b. 1954) 

Bonnie Whiting, Timpani 


October 11, 2015


Orcenith Smith, conductor
Pike Performing Arts Center
Sunday, October 11, 2015  3:00 p.m.

Toward a New Life
Josef Suk (1874-1935) 

"When you Wish Upon a Star"  (1940)
Leigh Harline (1907-1969)
Ned Washington (1901-1976)

Baba Yaga
Anton Liadov (1855-1914)   

Lyric Suite, Opus 54
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)  

Norwegian Dance
March of the Trolls

Danse Macabre
Camille Saint-Saëns   (1835-1921) 
Series:  Symphony 101


Highlights from Harry Potter
with Strings and Jazzy Things Alumni students prepared by Betty Perry, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra director
John Williams (b. 1932)  

Carnaval (Phringe Festival)
Roberto Sierra  (b. 1953)

The Phoenix

Listen Up!

Indianapolis Public School Children's concert
May /Broad Ripple