September 2019 The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) opens its 2019\u20132020 season, \u201cMusical Journeys with Janna,\u201d with a fresh and innovative way designed by its music director, Janna Hymes, to target and engage diverse audiences of all ages. Hymes\u2019 program includes a brilliant repertoire of some of the world\u2019s most exquisite and eclectic symphonic music ever composed. Hymes, the 85-member resident orchestra and the CSO staff are committed to enhancing the quality of life for its patrons through its artistically excellent and affordable performances. The CSO is equally committed to its engaging outreach and educational experiences both at The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel and beyond. Since joining CSO in 2017, Hymes has been fervently working on the orchestra\u2019s programming, which she is scheduling out to five years, and is excited to share some of the fruits of her labor for this year\u2019s season. This year\u2019s season will speak to a vaster demographic than ever before and inserts CSO as part of the common culture here in our remarkable city. \u201cWhat we are seeing across the board\u2014not just in Carmel\u2014is that we need to be representative of our community in a bigger way, and we need to be inclusive,\u201d Hymes emphasized. \u201cThis needs to be a home for everybody\u2014a safe haven. Here, there are no prejudices, and we will play music that will be representative of everybody.\u201d Hymes expressed her passion for the city to become known as a great arts destination with a great orchestra and to build on the growing attraction that is bringing in people from all over greater central Indiana. \u201cWe\u2019re starting with small steps,\u201d Hymes said. \u201cThis season we\u2019re going to play Edgar Meyer, who I think has nine Grammys now and is an exceptional crossover artist. A lot of people are like, \u2018Wow, you\u2019re bringing Edgar Meyer here?\u2019 Of course, we\u2019re doing Beethoven to celebrate his 250th birthday. I think every single orchestra in the world is doing something to honor that, but I really wanted to do Beethoven\u2019s Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 in D minor. I\u2019m bringing in four of my friends who are singers, and I\u2019m really looking forward to that because I think that is one of the greatest pieces ever written. We will have the Anderson Choirs on stage as well, so it will be a real spectacle.\u201d For the first time in The Center\u2019s history, two resident companies\u2014CSO and the Actors Theatre of Indiana\u2014will collaborate and perform on The Palladium\u2019s revered stage. \u201c\u2018Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street\u2019 is a really cool collaborative effort and one of my favorite shows, if not my favorite show of all time,\u201d Hymes shared. \u201cI love the music. We\u2019ve been talking with ATI for a couple of years, and one day I got a call from ATI telling me they wanted to do \u2018Sweeney Todd\u2019 with CSO. It\u2019s a great orchestral piece, and ATI is great, so when you put us together, it will be strong on both ends. I am really excited about this.\u201d One of Hymes\u2019 goals is to bring CSO to places beyond The Center and to introduce people to a modern-day orchestra where one may least expect it. CSO performed a summer concert at Sun King Distillery this summer in the newly completed Midtown Plaza. \u201cWe loved playing Sun King,\u201d Hymes said. \u201cWe learned a lot and have worked out a lot of kinks, so we\u2019d love to come back and offer a couple of shorter concerts as a teaser for what it is that we do.\u201d Recently, CSO performed a concert at Mallow Run Winery. \u201cThe owners used to play in the orchestra,\u201d Hymes said. \u201cI went there, socially, and fell in love with the space. It\u2019s beautiful, and the wine is terrific. They are also very welcoming. We played a gamut of music from \u201cHamilton\u201d to some classic pop\u2014it was a really nice mix." Staying true to CSO\u2019s roots, Hymes promises that they will continue to perform great classical music while integrating a broader range of music and programs that appeal to a broader range of people. \u201cI\u2019m very realistic,\u201d Hymes said. \u201cI think that this is going to be the ticket to our continued growth and success. But when you think of CSO, I want you to think that we do a combination of classical and really hip and fun with an excellence in orchestral playing.\u201d CSO INFO CSO is affordable\u2014a family of four can attend the entire Masterworks Series season (six concerts) for under $250 Did you know\u2026 that CSO is family friendly\u2014we offer family-centered programming (Side-by-Side & Family Fun! concerts) but all our concerts are OK to bring kids to (except maybe \u201cSweeney Todd\u201d!) CSO is not \u201cstuffy\u201d but cool and approachable. Come in jeans or come in a suit and heels. All are welcome. Bring a drink to your seat. Sit back and relax and watch Janna and our amazing musicians do all the incredible work! CSO\u2019s special events are fun and fresh (Mallow Run or Sinatra & Friends, where we\u2019ve invited the audience to dress in period attire, aka cosplay effect) For a complete list of the entire 2019\u20132020 season\u2019s concerts, and to purchase tickets, visit carmelsymphony.org.