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Ashton Gleckman Passes Torch With JFK Docuseries

November 12, 2023

  Sixty years following JFK’s assassination, “Kennedy”, the new eight-part docuseries, is the creation of director and composer Ashton Gleckman, a Carmel native. His partners in the production are Gleckman’s production company, Blackbird Pictures, and Academy Award®-winning production company, RadicalMedia. Producers are Jon Kamen, Dave... read more

Songbook Academy Alum Prepares To Solo With CSO

November 7, 2023

J’lan Stewart brought the house down at The Palladium last July when he performed “The Impossible Dream” in the final concert concluding the Songbook Academy® in late July. Sitting in the house was Carmel Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Anne Marie Chastain. She was so impressed... read more

Musician-Marathon Runner Goes The Distance In Dual Pursuits

November 6, 2023

In an attempt to put a face on the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the organization features photos and brief bios of members on banners located in the Hilbert Circle Theatre lobby.  The musicians are also spotlighted in video profiles that are projected onstage above the orchestra... read more

Vintage-Styled Car Stars In Musical At The Cat

November 2, 2023

  Recently, I had the singular honor of being the first person, outside of the production team and cast to see the automobile that plays a central role in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical, ” presented by The Carmel Apprentice Theatre. The production opens... read more

Bold New Look Revealed in Dance Kaleidoscope Season Opener

October 23, 2023

There was significant anticipation and excitement in the air at Indiana Repertory Theatre prior to the Friday performance of “New Horizons,” that opened the 51st season of Dance Kaleidoscope on the OneAmerica Stage.  The concert was the maiden voyage of Joshua Blake Carter who was... read more

Breezy Sounds Of Bossa Nova Reverberate In ISC Concert

October 16, 2023

I have had an enduring affection for all things Brazilian ever since I first viewed the classic 1959 film “Black Orpheus” which I first saw when I was a college student. Shortly after, I discovered “Getz/Giberto,” a 1964 album by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian... read more

Musician Takes Helm At CSO As It Writes It’s Latest Chapter

October 13, 2023

It’s safe to assume that Anne Marie Chastain, newly appointed Carmel Symphony Orchestra executive director has her dream job.  “Music has always been a part of my life and my family’s life. I have a degree from IU Jacobs School of music in clarinet performance,... read more