Immerse Yourself in Musical Excellence with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in 2024!

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January 2024

As we stand on the threshold of a promising new year, anticipation builds for an exhilarating second half of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra season. The air is charged with the promise of captivating performances, melodic enchantment, and the shared joy of musical exploration.

As the orchestra embarks on this musical journey, patrons can look forward to a symphonic experience that transcends expectations, ignites the senses, and leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of all who join us in celebrating the power of orchestral artistry. Get ready to be swept away as we usher in a dynamic and unforgettable chapter in the Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s extraordinary musical odyssey.

CSO Names Commanday as Music Director

David Commanday was recently named CSO’s Music Director, and his initial appointment will continue through the 2024-25 season. Maestro Commanday captured the hearts of CSO audiences and musicians upon his arrival, which is a testament to his brilliance and leadership.

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CSO Executive Director Anne Marie Chastain is pleased with the momentum that has been and continues to be generated by the organization since Commanday filled the vacancy.

“We are extremely honored and pleased to have made this appointment,” Chastain stated. “The musicians of the CSO fell in love with Maestro Commanday at their first rehearsal, and the results of this positive engagement have resonated at our Palladium performances. Audiences are responding, and we can’t wait to see how the Carmel Symphony Orchestra evolves under Maestro’s Commanday’s leadership.”

Renowned on three continents, Commanday has earned a reputation as a remarkable conductor with his ability to elevate his musicians in each of his performances. Commanday currently serves as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Heartland Festival Orchestra, an innovative ensemble now celebrating its 15th season, as well as Director of Orchestral Activities and Instructor of Cello at Eastern Illinois University.

Commanday expressed, “I am deeply honored by this appointment and the opportunity to work with the wonderful musicians of the CSO in the seasons ahead. Carmel has a treasure in this orchestra and in the Palladium, the truly world-class concert hall that is their home. I can’t wait to get to work!”

Experience the Exceptionalism That Is CSO

Witness the convergence of two art forms that will leave you inspired and uplifted when CSO performs with the talented performers throughout “Cirque Goes to the Symphony,” a Jan. 27 concert at the Palladium. In this thrilling program, six members from Cirque de la Symphonie, a touring group based in Athens, Georgia, will perform magic, strong-man acts, ribbon dancing, juggling, spinning shapes, cyr wheel and hula-hoop artistry while Commanday leads the orchestra through music by Bizet, de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Glinka, Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius and John Williams.

“The idea was to bring a group to Carmel [who] would showcase lighter symphonic repertoire and be community and family-friendly, as well as provide a great date-night experience,” Chastain said. “The Palladium is a majestic theater, and bringing this kind of act to the stage really takes advantage of the show-stopping atmosphere of the hall.”

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are extremely limited and available at

“Star-Crossed Lovers”: A Valentine’s Weekend Concert

Mark your calendars and be sure to purchase your tickets for CSO’s “Star-Crossed Lovers” concert on Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. This concert will be a treat for classical fans and romantics of all kinds. The Romeo and Juliet story, told musically by Sergei Prokofiev and Leonard Bernstein, is paired with Mendelssohn’s beloved Violin Concerto, played with passion and virtuosity by guest soloist Francisco Fullana.

Come early to enjoy the pre-concert romantic surprises in the Palladium side lobbies and atrium from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.!

“’Star-Crossed Lovers,’ of course, fits and resonates with Valentine’s Day,” Commanday said. “We have two pieces on this program [that] have lots of meaning for me. [First is] the Romeo and Juliet Suite by Prokofiev. If people haven’t had a chance to see or hear this music, they will be blown away by its power and its romanticism. I think this is one of the greatest scores ever written for the stage…bar none. I’ve had the privilege of performing the entire ballet at a world premiere in Boston, and I adore this score. The psychology and everything that goes into it musically and emotionally is fabulous.”

Commanday continued, “Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances, I’ve performed many times and always with great joy. It is so brilliant, and it’s always a delight to come back to it. And then the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto is such a romantic, gorgeous piece, and it all fits into the overall aesthetic. I won’t give it away now, but we also have an additional musical treat that will be a delight on that program, too!”

Guest soloist Francisco Fullana included his thoughts on the upcoming program and performing with the CSO.

“I am so looking forward to my trip to Carmel very soon,” Fullana shared. “It is extremely exciting to perform alongside my friend Maestro David Commanday, and we are thrilled to share the stage. Mendelssohn is not just only a classic of the violin repertoire, but a piece that I am sure will bring energy and move the audience at the Palladium with its amazing melodies and virtuosic passages. Truly one of my favorites to share, alongside a great group of talented musicians from the CSO! See you very soon, Indiana!”

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