2015/16 Season

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)

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