Melissa Manchester, book club, CSO Saturday and more
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Melissa Manchester updates her hits
You may have heard that current pop empress Taylor Swift is rerecording her earlier work to reclaim some rights over her back catalog. Did you know the same is true for Melissa Manchester, who will play the Palladium on May 15 as special guest of her longtime friend Michael Feinstein? (It’s the first Center Presents concert with a live audience in well over a year.)
Manchester’s upcoming album RE:VIEW includes new material as well as fresh takes on such hits as “Midnight Blue,” the show-stopping “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and her Grammy-winning ’80s pop confection “You Should Hear How She Talks About You,” updating her legacy for the new world of streaming and social media. Last fall she began rolling out the new recordings as singles with accompanying videos, which you can enjoy on Melissa’s website and SoundCloud page.
Limited seating is still available for the 8 p.m. show May 15, less limited for the 3 p.m. matinee. And don’t forget the 8 p.m. livestream option if you’re still more comfortable watching from home. Explore all the ticket options here.
But who takes care of the ushers?
Being a nonprofit organization, the Center depends heavily on a friendly army of volunteers known as The National Bank of Indianapolis Usher Corps. Tasked to coordinate their training and scheduling is Volunteer Manager Sharon Holyoak, who brings a rare mix of logistical and people skills to the job. Part of the deal, she says, is simply reminding the generous community volunteers how much they are appreciated.
“They love what they do, and they treat everyone with respect,” Holyoak says. “I never want to take for granted the warmth, the friendliness and dedication they bring to our organization.”
The Palladium Bookies reading club will gather next on Monday, June 14, to chat about The Music Shop, Rachel Joyce’s rave-reviewed 2018 novel about a record store owner with a gift for recommending just the right music to customers in need. People mag called it “an unforgettable story of music, loss and hope.”
The Carmel Symphony Orchestra returns to the Palladium this Saturday for an April Masterworks concert featuring favorites from Mozart, Faure, Ravel and Bizet. Artistic Director Janna Hymes breaks it all down in this video. Limited seating remains, and you can still buy a livestream ticket and enjoy the music from home.
Civic Theatre has announced its 2021-22 season (107 years of continuous operation!), which begins Oct. 8 with The Color Purple. Subscriptions go on sale April 30, with single-performance tickets available in late July. See the details on the Civic site or get the scoop directly from Executive Artistic Director Michael Lasley.
CHS singers bring “Love” to the Green
Forget the past week’s weather – spring has sprung and romance will literally be in the air at 3 p.m. this Sunday, April 25, when Carmel High School’s Accents choral group presents Love Is Here to Stay, a concert featuring Great American Songbook composers like Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and George and Ira Gershwin. Joining them will be several alumni of the annual Songbook Academy®, including CHS students Jack Ducat, Cara Nowlin and Griffin Scott and IU students Sydney Greene and Tara Lacy.
It all goes down at 3 p.m. Sunday, so bring a lawn chair and/or a blanket or two and join us at the Palladium’s south steps for the outdoor concert on Carter Green.
This week in performing arts history
April 19: On this date in 1980 – for the first time ever – the Top 5 artists on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart were all women: Crystal Gayle (pictured above performing at the Palladium) at No. 1 with “It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye,” followed by Dottie West, Debby Boone, Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette. Gayle, Boone and Harris have performed at the Palladium.
April 21: On this date in 1949, Broadway diva Patti LuPone was born in Northport, New York. She is known for Tony-winning performances in the original Broadway production of Evita and the 2008 revival of Gypsy, as well as memorable roles in the world premieres of Sunset Boulevard, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and War Paint. She performed at the Palladium in November 2013.
April 23: On this date in 1891, composer Sergei Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka, Ukraine. He wrote in a wide range of genres, including symphonies, concertos, film music, operas, ballets and program pieces. In November 2017, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performed Prokofiev piano concertos at the Palladium.
April 23: On or around this date in 1564, poet and playwright William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. His unparalleled catalog includes such works as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Macbeth and Julius Caesar, to name just a few. Shakespeare performances at the Center have included Civic Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing in February 2020 and the comedic piece The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) in March 2017.