July 25, 2005

ISO program takes musical trip down memory lane

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performed a melody of theme songs from the 1950s including a homage to Lucille Ball this past Saturday at the Conner Prarie Amphiteater in Indianapolis.

"The 1950s: the Golden Age of Black & White" is the latest in a series of pops concerts tuning in to the sounds of various decades of the 20th century. Jack Everly, the Indianapolis Symphony's principal pops conductor, came up with the idea for the show.

Besides the homage to Lucy, a girl singer medley paid tribute to female solo acts of the '50s, including Patti Page, Doris Day, and Rosemary Clooney. Vocal soloists included Karen Murphy, who has toured with "Les Miserables," and Farrah Alvin, who has been in "Nine." The production also featured the vocal sextet Chapter 6.

For more information on the ISO, visit their web site at http://www.indianapolissymphony.org.

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