Virtual speaker series returns Oct. 14

9/30/2021 12AM

Performing Arts Connect features experts from across the nation


CARMEL, Ind. – The Center for the Performing Arts is presenting a second season of Performing Arts Connect, a series of interactive online discussions featuring national experts and institutions.


Through Zoom teleconferencing, participants can join in from home or any convenient location using a computer or mobile device. Tickets are just $12, available at and through the Center Box Office at or (317) 843-3800. More information is available at


The schedule includes:


Dogs at the Piano

Musicologist Kate Altizer, Colby College, Maine

Oct. 14, 2021, at 7 p.m.

A man playing a banjo and singing into a microphone

Dave Ruch

As we see singing goats, dancing cockatiels and theremin-playing cats on YouTube and Instagram, we are tempted to focus on the silliness of animals in musical contexts, or whether animals can truly have an aesthetic experience. This interactive presentation will ask different questions, including: Why do we find animals in musical situations funny? How can we understand our own reactions to animal performances? How do they learn to play?


DeadRoots: The Folk and Blues Influences of the Grateful Dead

Researcher Dave Ruch, New York Council for the Humanities

Dec. 8, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Though generally associated with the 1960s counterculture, rock legends the Grateful Dead first built their repertoire on classic folk, blues and jug band music, and they introduced generations of fans to the nooks, crannies, branches and offshoots of American roots music. They learned songs from itinerant street musicians, covered songs by blues legends and country stars, and packed a gumbo of musical styles into their own canon of beloved original songs.


The Roots of Black Music in America

A man wearing a bandana holds an acoustic guitar

Karlus Trapp

Musician Karlus Trapp, Staten Island, New York

Feb. 7, 2022, at 7 p.m.

The Roots of Black Music in America is a 100-year journey through time to experience anew and learn about the music of America’s Black musical giants. Karlus Trapp has been delivering the presentation/performance for over 10 years with Staten Island’s Universal Temple of the Arts Ensemble, delighting thousands of students and adults alike.


The Art of Performance

Educator Arielle Levine, Cleveland Museum of Art

April 20, 2022, at 7 p.m.                  

This program highlights works from the Cleveland Museum of Art to show the influence of music and performance on visual artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. In movements such as Impressionism and the Harlem Renaissance, many artists captured the growing audiences for musical and theatrical performances in Europe and the United States, providing an inside look at entertainment across various class distinctions and backgrounds.


About the Center for the Performing Arts

The mission of the nonprofit Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences. Its campus in Carmel, Indiana, includes the 1,600-seat Palladium concert hall, the 500-seat Tarkington proscenium theater and the black-box Studio Theater. The Center presents and hosts hundreds of events each year, including the Center Presents performance series, featuring the best in classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, comedy and other genres. Educational and experiential programming for all ages includes children’s concerts and camps, book clubs, lectures, and classes in music and dance. The Center is home to the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation and provides space and support services for six resident arts companies. More information is available at