Indianapolis Symphony’s 2021-22 season: Beethoven, Higdon, Price, Thompson, Tate, Mendelssohn, music director search

Posted on: June 3, 2021

“The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was forced to wipe out the majority of its concerts in 2020. But its new 2021-2022 indoor season is largely built off of two major themes from its lost year: a longing for travel and racial justice,” writes Domenica Bongiovanni in Tuesday’s (6/1) Indianapolis Star. “Embedded in many of these concerts are … works by Black, Indigenous, women and other composers who have long been under-represented in orchestral programs…. With [this season’s] departure of music director Krzysztof Urbański … associate conductor Jacob Joyce will be resident conductor for the next two seasons. Artistic adviser Jun Märkl … is helping the orchestra search for its next music director. The official opening of the season on Sept. 17 and 18 is titled ‘Welcome Home,’ [led by] Pops conductor Jack Everly.… On Sept. 24 … Michael Tilson Thomas will lead the symphony in his work, ‘Agnegram.’ … Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and … Copland’s ‘Quiet City.’ ” Composers in 2021-22 will include Brahms, Sibelius, Milhaud, Mahler, Rimsky-Korsakov, Vaughan Williams, James Price Johnson, Jennifer Higdon, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, William Grant Still, Joel Thompson, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, and Jessie Montgomery. Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah will feature the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Indianapolis Children’s Choir.