Center announces 2021-22 season, return to full capacity

6/8/2021 12AM

Schedule offers pop, rock, country, classical, jazz, family fun and more

Series subscriptions on sale now at or (317) 843-3800


CARMEL, Ind. – After a year of scaled-down events and online programming, the Center for the Performing Arts has booked a wide variety of national and international artists for its return to full-capacity concerts over the coming year.


The 2021-22 Center Presents Season sponsored by Allied Solutions includes nearly 40 events in the usual range of genres, including the Palladium debuts of eclectic singer-songwriters Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright; the country sounds of Clint Black and Farewell Angelina; rescheduled dates with humorist David Sedaris and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; and classical outings with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and American Pianists Association award winner Sean Chen.


The schedule also includes fun variety shows from Pink Martini, Postmodern Jukebox and The Company Men; musical satire with YouTube star Randy Rainbow; tributes to the Beatles and George Michael; holiday shows from Debby Boone and Dave Koz; performances inspired by Latino and Irish folk traditions; and dazzling feats of acrobatics, magic and percussion for families to enjoy together. A full list is included below, and more performances will be added throughout the season.


A man in a dark suit stands with the Palladium concert hall behind him.

CEO Jeff McDermott

“We’re proud of how we have maintained our mission over the past year through livestreams and virtual programming, and with the ongoing support of our donors and sponsors, we will continue pursuing new avenues to reach broader audiences,” said Jeffrey C. McDermott, President/CEO of the Center and the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation. “But right now, as the Center begins its second decade, we most look forward to bringing our Central Indiana neighbors what they have been waiting for, which is the return of the live, on-site, performing arts experience.”


Subscription packages are on sale now for the Printing Partners Classical, Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz and Hoosier Village Songbook series, offering benefits including up to 20 percent savings from the regular ticket price. Another option is a Create Your Own series package, which offers similar perks for the purchase of any three or more events from the Center Presents schedule, including Katz, Sapper & Miller Pop/Rock, Telamon Passport, Country, Holiday and Family series performances.


Series package subscribers also are eligible for:

  • Immediate purchase access to the entire 2021-22 Center Presents Season, before tickets go on sale to the general public
  • Discounts up to 20 percent on other Center Presents performances
  • Presale access and up to 20 percent discounts for new events as we add them throughout the season.


Visit for more information on subscription packages and benefits. Purchases can be made online at, by phone at (317) 843-3800 or toll-free (877) 909-2787, or in person at the Palladium Box Office, 1 Carter Green, Carmel.


2021-22 Center Presents Season sponsored by Allied Solutions

The Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Carter Green, Carmel, IN 46032

Tickets: or (317) 843-3800

All performances will take place at the Palladium concert hall except * at the Tarkington theater.

New events will be added throughout the season.



Brubeck Brothers Quartet: Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration, Oct. 2

Zach Brock Quartet, Feb. 5

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Feb. 27

Vocalist Stacey Kent, March 20

Pianist Matthew Whitaker, April 30



Randy Rainbow: The Pink Glasses Tour, Oct. 7



An Evening with Michael Feinstein and Guest Sandi Patty, May 7



Rufus Wainwright & José González: Unfollow the Rules in the Local Valley Tour, Sept. 25

Ben Folds: In Actual Person Live For Real Tour, Nov. 12

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: The Grand Reopening Tour, Dec. 10

The Company Men, Feb. 18

The Life and Music of George Michael, March 5

1964 The Tribute, March 11

Croce Plays Croce, March 19



Sean Chen, piano, Nov. 19

Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet, Jan. 20

Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra, Feb. 25

Sphinx Virtuosi, March 19

An Evening with Itzhak Perlman, April 9



Pink Martini featuring China Forbes, Oct. 23

Brazilian All-Stars, Nov. 5

Tango Argentina, Jan. 28

Piaf! The Show, Feb. 10

Socks in the Frying Pan, March 20*

Las Cafeteras, April 8



An Evening with Clint Black, Oct. 24

Farewell Angelina, March 4*



Henhouse Prowlers, March 18*



Debby Boone: A Debby Boone White Christmas, Dec. 4

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2021, Dec. 11

The King’s Singers – Holiday, Dec. 12



Buckets N Boards Comedy Percussion Show, Oct. 17

Magician David Williamson, Jan. 22*

Okee Dokee Brothers, March 5*

Peking Acrobats, March 26



Gaither Vocal Band, Nov. 6

An Evening with David Sedaris, Dec. 15