Announcing the 2024-25 Season: A Year of Spectacular Performances at the Center

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May 2024

The upcoming season for the Center for the Performing Arts is a testament to the campus’s reputation as a premier destination for the arts and arts education in Indiana. Showcasing an impressive array of performances and events, this season underscores the Center’s commitment to fostering artistic excellence and cultural enrichment. With a diverse lineup that appeals to a wide range of audiences, the Center continues to solidify its status as a mecca for the arts, attracting both local talent and renowned artists from across the nation.

An Impressive Lineup Out of the Gate

“We’ve got over 60 performances [booked], and I suspect we’ll add five to eight more during the season,” Jeff McDermott, CEO/President of the Center for the Performing Arts, stated. “We purposely leave spots open because some artists decide to go on tour after we’ve announced our season, and we leave openings so that we’re in the running to add some great artists after the fact.”

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A Stellar Reputation Across the Nation

“We hear with some regularity from the artists that they are treated well here,” McDermott shared. “The artists love the venue, the production and programming teams, and if they’re going to be near this area … this is the place they want to be.”

When asked about his feelings on witnessing the Center’s growing reputation and success, McDermott replied, “It makes me feel like a proud father. We were trying to find our way and make a name for ourselves, and now we’ve got these great artists telling us this is where they want to play. It’s an experience for the artist and their team, just as it’s an experience for our patrons. The artists know they’re going to be treated well, they know they’re going to sound great, and they know the audience is going to be enthusiastic and appreciative … and all of those things help put us [the Center] on the map.”

It Takes a Community

McDermott spoke about the importance of garnering and retaining partnerships throughout the community.

“I always tell people that with any business—we’re a nonprofit, but we’re definitely operating as a business—if you want to be successful, it always starts with your product,” McDermott explained. “Our product is our performances and educational programs. The better the performances we book, the more world-class artists we can bring in here, and the greater variety means more patrons will come here to enjoy the experience. The more patrons that we have, the more donors we will have, and the more attractive we’re going to be to corporate sponsors and great donors so that we can continue to expand what we’re doing with our product. The more we expand our product, the more the artists want to come and be a part of it.”

McDermott continued, “We know that when Carmel is named the best place to live, retire or raise a family, the Center for the Performing Arts is always mentioned as a contributing amenity, and we’re constantly raising the bar on ourselves. Where else can you go to enjoy pop, rock, country, songbook, classical, jazz, international and family performances, all in one campus? This season, we have world-class, iconic performers from so many different genres that will attract many different enthusiasts for their music. We’re a very inclusive venue, and there is something for everyone here.”

The Center is proud to offer schools transportation grants and opportunities to visit its campus and participate in outreach programs.

“We’re excited to offer four free student matinees this year and transportation grants,” McDermott shared. “Transportation costs are one of the barriers for schools to be able to come here. We take our responsibilities here in the community very seriously, and we’re doing things that we’re very proud of and that other venues don’t do.”

Leaders in Light and Sound Technology

“The new lighting system is largely installed, and the new sound system will be installed in June … in time for the new season,” McDermott continued. “When the hall was built, it had state-of-the-art, world-class lighting and sound, but we’ve reached a point where both needed to be updated.”

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Singing legend Tony Bennett performs at the Palladium and afterwards was presented a trophy recognizing his induction into the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Photo: D. Todd Moore)

McDermott concluded, “We are appreciative of the City [of Carmel] and the Carmel Redevelopment Commission for helping to make this possible. As people come into the hall, as perfect as our sound and lighting have been, they are going to hear and see an even bigger difference in terms of the audio and lighting. We’re already getting great reviews from patrons who have already seen the new things we’re able to do … giving this place an even cooler look and feel, and a venue like this really demands that.”

Don’t miss a minute of the musical magic this season! Purchase your series packages at thecenterpresents.org.

2024-25 Center Presents Season in partnership with Allied Solutions

All performances at the Palladium except * denotes the Tarkington

Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz Series

  • Average White Band: A Funk Finale – Aug 10
  • Veronica Swift – Sept. 14*
  • Boney James – Nov. 2
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – Jan. 26
  • Don Was & the Pan Detroit Ensemble – Feb. 28

Hoosier Village & The Barrington of Carmel Songbook Series

  • Songbook Academy in Concert – July 20
  • Renée Elise Goldsberry – Oct. 12
  • Dionne Warwick – Nov. 24
  • Bachelors of Broadway: Gentlemen of the Theatre – April 13
  • Celebrate the Songbook: Michael Feinstein with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra – May 10

Classical Series

  • Australian Chamber Orchestra – Oct. 13
  • Lang Lang – March 28
  • Itzhak Perlman in Recital – April 17

Katz, Sapper & Miller Pop/Rock Series

  • Jerome Collins: Rewind – A Journey to Motown & Beyond – Sept. 13*
  • Leonid & Friends: The Music of Chicago and More – Sept. 27
  • Damien Escobar: Victory Lap Tour – Sept. 28
  • Grand Funk Railroad – Oct. 19
  • Space Oddity: The Quintessential David Bowie Tribute Experience – Oct. 26
  • Vitamin String Quartet: The Music of Taylor Swift, Bridgerton & Beyond – Oct. 27
  • Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience – Jan. 18
  • The Evolution of Joni Mitchell starring Lauren Fox – Jan. 24*
  • The Kings of Queen – Feb. 1
  • Folsom Prison Experience: Legendary 1968 Johnny Cash Concert – Feb. 15
  • Brooklyn Charmers: A Steely Dan Tribute – March 7*
  • Welcome Back: The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer – March 21
  • Dustbowl Revival: A Laurel Canyon Retrospective – March 21*
  • Pure Prairie League – April 5
  • Micky Dolenz of the Monkees: An Evening of Songs & Stories – April 25

Old Town Family Series

  • The Magic of Michael Grandinetti: Experience the Magic – Nov. 2* (two shows)
  • Buckets N Boards Comedy Percussion Show – Nov. 17
  • GRIMMZ Fairy Tales – March 23
  • Our Planet Live: A Netflix Original Documentary Series with Dan Tapster – April 29
  • iLuminate – May 11

Telamon Passport Series

  • Zakir Hussain & Rahul Sharma – Nov. 1
  • Grupo Niche – Nov. 8
  • Heart of Afghanistan featuring the Fanoos Ensemble – Jan. 25*
  • Kalani Pe‘a: Grammy-winning Singer, Songwriter – Feb. 22
  • The StepCrew – March 7
  • The Red Hot Chili Pipers – March 23*
  • Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – April 12

Printing Partners Encore Series

  • Nick Carter: Who I Am Tour – Sept 26
  • Ben Folds: Paper Airplane Request Tour – Oct. 10
  • The Piano Guys – Nov. 9 (two shows)
  • An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr. – Nov. 22
  • Mac McAnally – Jan. 10
  • Peter Sagal: Host of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! – Feb. 7
  • An Intimate Evening with Steve Wariner – Feb. 21
  • Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – May 1

Holiday Series

  • Canadian Brass – Nov. 23
  • Cherry Poppin’ Daddies: WWII Tiki Xmas Canteen – Dec. 5
  • The Four Phantoms: Holiday Show – Dec. 6
  • Jane Lynch’s A Swingin’ Little Christmas – Dec. 7
  • Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2024 – Dec. 13
  • Jon McLaughlin & Friends: Home for the Holidays – Dec. 14

Special Events

  • Center Celebration 2024 with Chris Botti – Sept. 21
  • #IMOMSOHARD: Ladies’ Night – Oct. 11
  • Haunted Objects Live – Oct. 27*
  • United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus – April 9
  • Black Violin – April 26