Masterworks 5 The Palladium // Saturday, Apr 23, 7:30pm ET March 2022 Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) final “Experience the Exceptional” concert closes as Edgar Meyer—a graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music—joins the CSO in performing Bottesini Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra and his own Concerto for Double Bass in D. The concert also features works by William Schuman, Scott Joplin, and George Gershwin. The orchestra rounds out the evening with a performance of Badelt and Zimmer’s beloved film score, Pirates of the Caribbean. As a solo classical bassist, Mr. Meyer can be heard on a concerto album with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff featuring Bottesini’s Gran Duo with Joshua Bell, Meyer’s own Double Concerto for Bass and Cello with Yo-Yo Ma, Bottesini’s Bass Concerto No. 2, and Meyer’s own Concerto in D for Bass. In 2006, he released a self-titled solo recording on which he wrote and recorded all of the music, incorporating piano, guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, gamba, and double bass. In 2007, recognizing his wide-ranging recording achievements, Sony/BMG released a compilation of The Best of Edgar Meyer. In 2011 Mr. Meyer joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and fiddler Stuart Duncan for the Sony Masterworks recording “The Goat Rodeo Sessions” which was awarded the 2012 Grammy® Award for Best Folk Album. For tickets, visit thecenterpresents.org. Janelle Morrison: Why did you choose to attend IU’s Jacobs School of Music out of all of the nation’s universities and music conservatories? Edgar Meyer: I started college as a math major at Georgia Tech. Indiana looked like a place where I could do music at a high level but still continue the math, so I transferred. Eventually I finished the music degree, but not the math. JM: I read that American Jazz and Blues singer Ray Brown heavily influenced you as a musician. How did he influence your affinity for the Double Bass as it relates to Jazz, specifically? Meyer: I was influenced by Ray Brown the jazz bass player. In fact, Ray is the bass player that I am the most indebted to. His combination of funk and sophistication still lights me up. JM: Your second album Not Our First Goat Rodeo, with fellow collaborators Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, and Stuart Duncan came out in 2020. What would you like to share about producing this recording, along with performing with these remarkable musicians? Meyer: It is a privilege to be friends with Stuart, Chris, Aoife, and Yo-Yo. Between the four of them they cover remarkable amounts of knowledge and skill, which always results in a joyous musical expression. JM: Would you mind sharing your opinion on the importance of creating and performing music, especially in times of national/global challenges? Meyer: The example of Bach’s music reminds us that humankind is capable of creating things of great beauty. When staring at the horror of what humans can do, it is important to remember that the beauty is also part of our nature. Come Experience The Carmel Symphony Orchestra Like Never Before! CSO recently announced a spectacular, diverse 2022-23 season line-up! This upcoming season will feature a rousing tribute to the Queen of Soul—Aretha Franklin— featuring guest artist Capathia Jenkins. The lineup will also feature the very best from the master of the movie score—John Williams, a fiery Latin celebration featuring guest artists Clarice Assad, Pavel & Direct Contact and a reimagined Holiday Pops featuring guest vocalists Josh Kaufman, Lean Crane and additional performers to be announced. These are just a few of the delights awaiting fans as CSO announces its 47th season, a schedule filled to the brim with an exceptional mix of classical and pops performances. CSO Artistic Director Janna Hymes shared a few of her thoughts on the perseverance that CSO has exhibited throughout these challenging last couple of years and how elated she and the entire CSO organization are with the remarkably diverse and exhilarating 2022-23 season lineup. “There's a renewed sense of being together again and we're just so grateful, now we're on the other side of ,” Hymes expressed. “We postponed some of this season’s concerts and we put them into this next season. So, this upcoming season is going to be quite big! We decided that we would just hit it out of the park!” Hymes continued, “In three years, CSO will have our 50th anniversary and want to gear the community up to be as excited as we are about this amazing orchestra. We play in this gorgeous venue—the Palladium—that many people still haven’t stepped inside of yet and that haven’t come to hear their orchestra, so we want people to know that there is something for everyone in this season!” Tickets for the upcoming season will be available soon at CarmelSymphony.org, and at the Palladium Fifth Third Bank Box Office, 317.843.3800.