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Event Series: Masterworks

March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

January/February 2024

Prepare to be captivated by the soul-stirring masterpieces of Antonín Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8,” Bedřich Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride,” and Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” on an unforgettable evening taking place on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palladium.

With Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8: A Joyful Celebration of Life,” get ready to experience the sheer exuberance and jubilation of this masterpiece that exudes warmth, charm and boundless energy.

The second half of the evening starts with Smetana’s festive overture, “The Bartered Bride.”

Next, experience a world of mythical creatures and magical landscapes while listening to the spell-binding power of Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.” Inspired by Russian folklore, this lush and evocative ballet uses vibrant, soaring melodies to envelop you in the firebird’s mystical journey.

The Palladium for the Performing Arts, renowned for its acoustics and grandeur, provides the perfect setting for this symphonic extravaganza. The Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s exceptional musicians will give you a night to remember.

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CSO Maestro David Commanday and Executive Director Anne Marie Chastain shared how the organization continues to raise the bar and showcase its exceptionalism in exciting ways this season!

“It is a matter of balancing the flow and timing of this March program,” Commanday shared. “We have the overture to ‘The Bartered Bride’ from Smetana, which is a delightful piece, and [Dvorak’s] ‘Symphony No. 8,’ which is one of my favorites. There are so many wonderful things in it, and it also features gorgeous cello solos, which is always fun—the wonderful cello section of CSO will do beautifully with that. ‘The Bartered Bride’ overture is a tour de force; there’s a lot of notes. But the symphony can do it, and I’m looking forward to that. Then we have ‘The Firebird’ suite, which I’ve done quite a number of times, and with ballet. It is magical, and not that he ever went crazy in a bad way, but it’s Stravinsky before some people think he went crazy.”

Carmel Symphony Orchestra Holiday Season

CSO Executive Director Anne Marie Chastain spoke about the collaboration between CSO and Carmel’s Indiana Ballet Conservatory (IBC) for this upcoming concert, tipping us off that CSO continues to seek out collaborations with Carmel organizations such as the Carmel Clay Public Library.

CSO Anne Marie Chastain

“We’ve been working on a lot of great things this year,” Chastain stated. “Indiana Ballet Conservatory is dancing with us for ‘The Firebird.’ That’s going to be super cool and fun! And we’re working on a leadership program with the library. We’re going to have two panels at the library in March with women leaders talking about mental health in the workplace, mentoring and other topics affecting women. We will have chamber music by some women musicians representing CSO, who will be playing female composers for about 20 minutes.”

Look for more information about this exciting collaboration with CCPL to be released soon!

Bringing another layer of exceptional artistic talent to the upcoming BOHEMIAN DELIGHT & THE FIREBIRD concert are IBC’s Chris Lingner and Clara Crane.


Lingner has been a featured guest artist with Midwest Repertory Ballet, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, New Albany Ballet, Peoria Ballet, the Young Stars of Ballet Gala (presented by Indianapolis City Ballet), Dayton Ballet, Ballet Virginia, and Chamber Dance Project in Washington D.C. Lingner also helped found Indianapolis Ballet as an original company member. He is currently an instructor and the Business Operations Manager at IBC. Lingner looks forward to continuing to share his love for the art form by helping cultivate the next generation of dancers with IBC.


Crane, 15, is a freshman at Westfield High School. She has been training at IBC in Carmel, IN for over 12 years. At the age of nine, Clara participated in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) ballet competition for the first time and has since been awarded 2nd, 3rd (twice) and Top 12 in Classical and placed in the Top 12 in contemporary solos. Clara has also been invited as a soloist to the YAGP Finals in Tampa, FL in the past three years. She has been awarded scholarships from the Next Generation Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet NY/CT and the John Cranko School NY/CT. Outside of dance, Clara enjoys playing flute in the Westfield High School Wind Symphony Orchestra and piano.

IBC Founding Artistic Director Alyona Yakovleva commented on working with Chastain and CSO on what will be their second collaborative project.

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“I love Anne Marie, and I love to collaborate with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra,” Yakovleva said. “I think our first collaboration with CSO’s Holiday Pops was successful, and based on that experience, I’m really looking forward to ‘[The] Firebird.’ It is my dream to give opportunities to my students to perform with a live symphony orchestra; that’s how ballet was [historically] performed, and it’s an unforgettable experience for the performers and the audience.”