Carmel Symphony Orchestra Opens Its 2023-24 Season With Great Momentum

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September/October 2023

As a new season commences for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Carmel Monthly is excited to report on the momentum that continues to build from last season under the direction of Artistic Director Janna Hymes. The energy and success of the previous season have set up this upcoming [season] to be as or even more prolific and exceptional for the entire CSO organization.

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“The musical programming is really creative and very interesting,” stated CSO executive director Anne Marie Chastain. “Opening night [October 7], we have Gabriela Martinez, who’s an absolute star, and our Masterworks 2: Veteran’s Salute [November 11] is going to be really interesting. William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1 ‘Afro-American’ is super fun, and we’re working on some surprises that are to be announced!”

Chastain continued, “One of the concerts that’s selling really well is the ‘Symphony Goes to the Movies’ [February 10]. We’ll be playing along with Charlie Chaplin’s silent film ‘The Kid.’ It’s going to be a great concert, plus Mendelssohn’s ‘Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 63,’ which will be performed during that concert, is just such a beautiful piece. At the end of the [2023-24] season is Masterworks 5: Verdi Requiem — a real showstopper — that will be performed with the Anderson University Choirs [April 13]. That will be a really big concert!”

When asked what makes CSO so unique among modern-day symphony orchestras, Chastain replied, “I would say one of the things that makes CSO so unique is, of course, the hall that we perform in: the = Palladium,” Chastain said. “Our sound is so lush, and when people come to hear us, it’s just such an emotional experience. This season really reflects that, and I encourage anyone who hasn’t heard the Carmel Symphony Orchestra to come out and really lean into that emotional moment that they will have! Enjoy a fantastic evening, have dinner, walk along the Monon and experience Carmel on so many levels!”


CSO’s opening night, on October 7, 2023, will feature piano virtuosa Gabriela Martinez, will showcase works by Mozart and Beethoven, and will include a commissioned work by Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn.

Following this remarkable opening night, as part of its Family Concerts series, Classical Kid’s Live and CSO will present Gershwin’s Magic Key on October 22, 2023.

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Step into the streets of 1920s New York City, where a newspaper boy has a chance encounter with the famous composer George Gershwin. Families can follow their developing friendship as CSO magically weaves Gershwin’s greatest hits into his stories. This afternoon, Gershwin quickly learns that his new friend has musical talents … but can the boy find the magic key to unlock his own musical potential?

History, drama, music and fun come together in one 50-minute performance. This engaging concert is an ideal addition to any child’s developing musical experience. Gershwin’s Magic Key has been recognized internationally for its quality, including receiving a Grammy Nomination (2021), a Mom’s Choice Award, the Creative Child Awards – CD of the Year 2021, the National Parenting Products Award 2021, a Family Choice Award, the Smart Media – Academics Choice Award and the Tillywigs Toy Awards – Brain Child Award.


CSO is thrilled to announce the appointment of distinguished violinist and educator Manami White as its new Concertmaster. White is a seasoned violinist with an impressive array of international and national performances.

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White brings her extraordinary talent and passion for music to the heart of Indiana’s thriving cultural scene. Additionally, White’s illustrious career has seen her perform with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and in captivating recital settings around the world. Notably, she serves as the Concertmaster and Associate Director of the Cincinnati Bach Festival and Cincinnati Collegium, positions that underscore her exceptional musical leadership. She is also the Concertmaster of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Principal Second Violin of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Principal Second Violin of the Cincinnati Bach Ensemble and an associate member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Manami has taken her artistry to international stages as well, having toured with the American Sinfonietta.

An accomplished soloist, White has graced audiences with her virtuosity in performances alongside the North Florida Symphony Orchestra, MUSE, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Her dedication to the violin and her commitment to musical excellence have been honed under the guidance of esteemed mentors, including Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka.

Today, White shares her wealth of knowledge and experience as a faculty member at Xavier University, where she serves as the Director of the Xavier University Chamber Orchestra.

In her role as CSO’s Concertmaster, White is poised to bring fresh perspectives, refined artistry and her signature passion for music to Indiana’s vibrant cultural landscape. Audiences can anticipate captivating performances and unforgettable musical experiences under her leadership.

Join us in welcoming Manami White to the CSO family as we embark on an exciting new chapter filled with exceptional music and artistic innovation.

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