Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Sounds fancy right? Maybe even a little intimidating? I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve always been curious but never taken the plunge, until recently. I’ve wanted to head to symphony on the prairie but could never get a group to commit to a date. Not to mention, I’m lucky if I can make it through an entire movie with my attention span.
The solution? The ISO Lunch Break Series! A brilliant 45-minute long performance featuring some of the pieces that are played in the longer performances. You can even bring your lunch and eat it in the theater. The best part is that the performances are only $5 for a ticket. The cost and time commitment totally drew me in. Low risk, high reward.
The first lunch break series that I was able to attend was the Gershwin and Bernstein presentation. This was right around the time of the Orlando tragedy. In light of the tragedy, they offered free admission and refunds to any pre-purchased tickets. Music is quite healing and I was very impressed by this gesture.
Last week, I was able to attend The Force: The Music of John Williams and More. This was incredible! Have you ever heard the introduction to Star Wars played live? It gave me goosebumps. I loved the piece from Raiders of the Lost Ark as well. The venue is stunning and the ISO members play in their “normal” clothes since the event is more relaxed.
There is one “Lunch Break Series” left for the season – this Thursday (7/21). It is featuring selections from Elton John and Billy Joel! Be sure to check it out here.