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What Makes Music American

As the ICO continues to grow artistically, we have developed a new education program called What Makes Music American. This program focuses on the roots of music in American to contemporary classical music and jazz.  In celebration of this program, the ICO will host a Virtual Event in its name to support this program on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

 

The themed event, What Makes Music American, will feature musical performances, interviews with guest artists, an inside look at this program, a VIP experience, live and silent auctions, and more. Expect all the fun of our traditional gala in 45 minutes at home!

 

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Special Guests

  • Meet our Co-Hosts

    Dana Stone, ICO's Executive Director

    Meet our Co-Hosts

    Dana Stone, ICO's Executive Director

    Dana Stone comes to the ICO from the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, where she served as Executive Director since October 2010. A native of Valparaiso, IN, Stone was previously the Administrative Director of Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, MO. Additionally, she served as Administrative Director for the St. Louis Women’s Chorale, providing grant writing services to other non-profit organizations. She is a former board member of the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission and a current board member of the Anderson Noon Rotary. Dana Stone maintains a private voice studio in her Fishers home and is dedicated to promoting the performing arts through educational outreach and community performances. Prior to her work as a leader of arts organizations, Dana, performed in many roles in several theatrical musicals. Stone holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a double major in Vocal Performance and Spanish from DePauw University and a Master of Music degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Meet our Co-Hosts

    Matthew Kraemer, ICO's Music Director and Principal Conductor

    Meet our Co-Hosts

    Matthew Kraemer, ICO's Music Director and Principal Conductor

    Recognized for his “musical sensitivity” and “energized sense of interpretation”, Matthew Kraemer is making his mark among young American conductors for his inspired performances and versatility. Kraemer was appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in 2015 and recently extended his commitment through 2023. He also serves as Music Director of the Butler County (PA) Symphony and the Marion (IN) Philharmonic. His active guest conducting schedule includes appearances with many of the nation’s finest orchestras, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Nashville, North Carolina, Saint Louis, Spokane, Syracuse, and Toledo symphony orchestras, as well as Canada’s Mississauga Symphony, Niagara Symphony, and Hamilton Philharmonic and in Europe with the Vidin Philharmonic and the Orquesta de Cadaqués. An Indiana native, Kraemer studied conducting in Vienna, Austria with Salvador Mas Conde and was twice a fellowship conductor at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. His conducting teachers include David Zinman, Robert Spano, and Jorma Panula. Kraemer is a graduate of both Butler University and the University of Nevada, where he assisted former Cincinnati Symphony concertmaster Phillip Ruder. An accomplished violinist, he was a member of the Nightingale String Quartet. When he is not performing, Kraemer enjoys cooking, running, and reading. He and his wife, Megan, reside in Indianapolis with their sons Gabriel and Nathaniel.

  • Auctioneer

    Darin K. Lawson, CAI, BAS, NAA, IAA

    Auctioneer

    Darin K. Lawson, CAI, BAS, NAA, IAA

    Darin is a second-generation auctioneer, licensed in 1989. He is the second youngest auctioneer ever to be inducted into the Indiana Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame, receiving that accolade in 2010. He is a past president of the IAA, former IAA Chairman of the Board, class coordinator of the inaugural IAA Leadership Academy in 2013, a past Indiana Bid-Calling Champion and two-time national championship contestant. In 2016, Darin earned the designation Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS), from the National Auctioneers Association. Classroom instruction and a summary report of a benefit auction are required. Fewer than 200 auctioneers in the United States have earned the BAS designation. Darin has spent over 25 years perfecting his craft, receiving instruction and tutoring from some of the most highly-regarded auction professionals in the country, with specific emphasis on effective communication techniques and professional presentation. This commitment to education began in 1996, when Darin graduated from the Certified Auctioneers Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. CAI is a 3-year professional development course sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association, and is considered the most prestigious professional designation available to auctioneers.

  • The Orchestra

    The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

    The Orchestra

    The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

    The orchestra, comprised of thirty-four professional musicians, focuses on programming that is unique to its composition and size by presenting an annual concert series of masterworks from four centuries of music composed for the small orchestra. To Learn More about ICO's musicians, visit https://www.icomusic.org/ico-musicians-2/

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Interview with Ruben Rengel

Praised as an excellent soloist of great virtuosity (NY Concert Review), with performances depicted as thrilling (Boston Globe), violinist Ruben Rengel is quickly gaining recognition as a remarkably gifted artist. Ruben was the winner of the Robert F. Smith Prize at the 2018 Sphinx Competition, the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition (2014), recipient of the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Prize (2019) and the Anna Y. Tringas Award (2013), and winner of the Juan Bautista Plaza National Violin Competition of Venezuela (2011). Community engagement and education are important components in Rubens activities. He has participated in programs with Street Symphony, the Sphinx Organization, the Cleveland School of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Shepherd School of Music, Music@Menlo, and the Perlman Music Program. Ruben has taught master classes at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and was teaching assistant of Jan Mark Sloman, Patricia McCarty, and Kathryn Lucktenberg at the Meadowmount School of Music.

Interview with Ruben Rengel

Praised as an excellent soloist of great virtuosity (NY Concert Review), with performances depicted as thrilling (Boston Globe), violinist Ruben Rengel is quickly gaining recognition as a remarkably gifted artist. Ruben was the winner of the Robert F. Smith Prize at the 2018 Sphinx Competition, the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition (2014), recipient of the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Prize (2019) and the Anna Y. Tringas Award (2013), and winner of the Juan Bautista Plaza National Violin Competition of Venezuela (2011). Community engagement and education are important components in Rubens activities. He has participated in programs with Street Symphony, the Sphinx Organization, the Cleveland School of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Shepherd School of Music, Music@Menlo, and the Perlman Music Program. Ruben has taught master classes at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and was teaching assistant of Jan Mark Sloman, Patricia McCarty, and Kathryn Lucktenberg at the Meadowmount School of Music.

Interview with Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson is a pianist, social musicologist, teaching artist and producer. He is increasingly recognized on a national scale for his expertise on classical composers of African descent and the inherent cultural connectivity in the broader aesthetic of Black Arts movements. As the 2020 Beckman Emerging Artist Fellow of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, he successfully completed his residence at the Africana Studies Center for Music and Society at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. In January 2018, Thompson debuted his first artistic production, Village Voices: Notes from the Griot, an original production that highlights the unsung and underperformed masterworks from artists of African descent. Making its world premiere at Newfields in Indianapolis, Thompsons production continues to be performed on local stages and in classrooms throughout the Indianapolis metro area. In October 2019, he was a featured presenter for the popular TED Talk series. His creative output continues in 2020 with his inspired podcast series Melanated Moments in Classical Music from Classical Music Indy with co-host Angela Brown, originating from his hometown of Indianapolis. In 2021, Thompson is scheduled to perform with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN.

Interview with Joshua Thompson

Joshua Thompson is a pianist, social musicologist, teaching artist and producer. He is increasingly recognized on a national scale for his expertise on classical composers of African descent and the inherent cultural connectivity in the broader aesthetic of Black Arts movements. As the 2020 Beckman Emerging Artist Fellow of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, he successfully completed his residence at the Africana Studies Center for Music and Society at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. In January 2018, Thompson debuted his first artistic production, Village Voices: Notes from the Griot, an original production that highlights the unsung and underperformed masterworks from artists of African descent. Making its world premiere at Newfields in Indianapolis, Thompsons production continues to be performed on local stages and in classrooms throughout the Indianapolis metro area. In October 2019, he was a featured presenter for the popular TED Talk series. His creative output continues in 2020 with his inspired podcast series Melanated Moments in Classical Music from Classical Music Indy with co-host Angela Brown, originating from his hometown of Indianapolis. In 2021, Thompson is scheduled to perform with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN.

What to Expect

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  1. Full Orchestra Performance
  2. Interviews with Guest Artists
  3. Behind the Scenes Special Access
  4. VIP Enjoyment Packages
  5. Live Auction Items
  6. Themed Silent Auction Baskets
  7. Special Appeal
  8. Door Prizes and More!

VIP Packages

PLATINUM $300 (Only 15 Available) Oakley’s Bistro three-course prepared meal for two with two bottles of wine delivered by an ICO musician and includes a brief 5-7 minute “porch” performance. Available only for Marion county and surrounding counties. $150 is tax deductible.

 


GOLD $150 Oakley’s Bistro three-course prepared meal for two with two bottles of wine. Pick-up at Oakley’s on Thursday, February 18th between 5-7 PM. $35 is tax deductible.

Choice of:

Wild Mushroom Bisque with sherry whipped cream  or Lobster Apple Bisque;

Beef Bourguignon or Salmon "Pot Pie";

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Cherry Orange Relish & St. Germaine Whipped Cream or Double Chocolate Mousse Cake with Banana Relish, Candied Walnuts & Brandy Creme Anglais

 


SILVER $100 DIY Charcuterie and Wine | Build your own charcuterie board (Trio Italian meat tray, Aged Asiago, Gruyere, Havarti, Olive Oil crackers, cutting board, and a bottle of Vacqueyras wine). Pick-up only at Tasteful Times in Fishers. $40 is tax deductible.

 

BRONZE $50 Cocktail Kit from Hotel Tango | Hotel Tango’s Vodka, lime juice, tangerine-ginger simple syrup, splash of Orangecello— makes 5-6 cocktails. Available for pick-up only Feb.15-18 at downtown location. Call the ICO for option to pick-up at other locations.$10 is tax deductible.

Order by February 10.