The Center’s 2022–23 Season Is About Creating Experiences

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May 2022

The Center for the Performing Arts has announced its most robust season since its inception and is bringing in commercial “big” shows like Marie Osmond, Michael Bolton, Johnny Mathis, Boney James, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Diana Krall, Kevin Nealon, Lewis Black, Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin and so many more exhilarating performers from all over the globe!

I sat down with the center’s CEO/President Jeff McDermott who shared his thoughts on this upcoming season. McDermott also reflected on how the center has earned a reputation in the industry as a must-play venue.

Creating Experiences for All

The center’s 2022–23 season exudes diversity and boasts a magnificent lineup of talent from all over the globe. While the center is proud to have successfully presented 46 performances in its most recent season, it is even more excited to announce its largest lineup—to date—at its annual season announcement event. Plus, there are even more shows to come and will be announced throughout the season as they become finalized and official!

According to McDermott, the focus is on creating “experiences” and not just booking 70-plus shows.

“There are shows and then then are experiences,” McDermott expressed. “All of our shows are wonderful, but when everything is clicking with the artist and the audience—there’s a feeling in the hall that is an elevated feeling. We’ve had some phenomenal shows, and looking at this season, we’ve never had this many [shows] booked at this point, heading into a new season.”

McDermott added, “We are excited about putting together the most robust season we’ve ever had, and I think we have a reputation in this industry now. It’s been 11 years in the making. We worked for it, the community worked for it, and I think we’re enjoying the benefits of all of those efforts.”

When asked about the process of building the new season’s lineup, McDermott said, “Part of our mission is to bring performances here that give this community a taste of everything that the universe has to offer, and that includes performers who may not be as commercially well known, and big shows like Sting, John Legend and Ben Folds. We announced a big season, which is incredible, but you ain’t seen nothing yet. We’ve got more coming!”

The center’s focus has shifted from surviving 2020 to recovery in 2021 to a return to business as usual in 2022. It is also placing a more intentional focus on diversity—as showcased in its seasonal programming—within its internal operations with staff and board positions in addition to its programming.

“We don’t make widgets here—our products are our performances and educational opportunities,” McDermott stated. “The more diversity we bring to those, the more we drive [diversity] in this community. Our goal is not just the 70-plus shows—that are diverse in every way that you can define diversity—but it is to also create a sense of inclusion and to create experiences for an entire community.”

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Highlights of the Center’s 2022–23 Season

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Friday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m.

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Faegre Drinker Encore Series

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Lewis Black: Off the Rails

Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m.                                                      

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Comedy Series

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Diana Krall

Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

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Faegre Drinker Encore Series

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Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance Tour

Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m.

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Hoosier Village & The Barrington of Carmel Songbook Series

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m.

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Holiday Series

Dave Koz and Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour

Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m.

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Holiday Series

Performance Sponsor SBC Wealth Management

Marie Osmond: A Symphonic Christmas Tour

Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m.

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Holiday Series

Michael Bolton: Greatest Hits & Holiday Favorites

Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

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Holiday Series

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Kevin Nealon

Friday, April 7, at 8 p.m.

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Comedy Series

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The Four Phantoms in Concert

Friday, April 21, at 8 p.m.             

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Hoosier Village & The Barrington of Carmel Songbook Series

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Additional Notable Performances

Get Happy: Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial

Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m.

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Hoosier Village & The Barrington of Carmel Songbook Series

Special Events

Luminare Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

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Holiday Series

Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin Together Onstage

Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.

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Katz, Sapper & Miller Pop/Rock Series

Boney James

Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m.        

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Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz Series

Performance Sponsor SBC Wealth Management

Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine

Friday, Feb. 24, 2023

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Printing Partners Classical Series

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall in Concert

Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

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Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz Series

Chris Botti

Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m.

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Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz Series

U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus

Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.                                                                

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Special Event

Brian Skerry: Secrets of the Whales

Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. (Free student matinee at 10 a.m.)

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National Geographic Live Series

Eliane Elias

Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.

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Telamon Passport Series