5-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Edgar Meyer guests with CSO for April 23 Masterworks 5

CARMEL IN — Five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer will appear with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) under Artistic Director Janna Hymes for its final Masterworks performance of the 2021-22 season, on Saturday, April 23, 7:30 pm at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets start at just $18 and are available by calling the Palladium Fifth Third Bank Box Office, 317.843.3800, or at CarmelSymphony.org. Patrons can save 20 percent off ticket purchases by using code CSO20. Abundant free parking – curbside or garage – is available within a short walk of the Palladium. Masks and proof of vaccination no longer are required to attend events at the venue.

A Tulsa, OK native and product of the Indiana University – Bloomington Jacobs School of Music, Meyer has successfully formed a role in the music world unlike any other. The New Yorker hailed the versatile artist as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument.” His styles encompass classical, bluegrass, newgrass and jazz – thus his appeal to and appreciation by a vast and varied audience.

“Edgar is absolutely one-of-a-kind unique,” said CSO Artistic Director Janna Hymes. “He has collaborated with some of the greats – Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Zakir Hussain, Stuart Duncan, Bela Fleck, Chris Thile – winning awards, recognition and ardent fans across multiple musical genres.

“Several years ago, Edgar 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 – simply a remarkable demonstration of musical mastery. We’re thrilled to bring him to Central Indiana to share the Palladium stage with the CSO and present an evening of superb entertainment.”

Selections scheduled for Masterworks 5 include familiar pieces from Joplin (The Entertainer), Gershwin (Lullaby for Strings and An American in Paris), Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean), and the Edgar Meyer composition Concerto for Double Bass in D, among others.

“This is the concert we were in rehearsals for back in March 2020, when everything slammed shut due to the pandemic,” Hymes recalled, “so in a way this performance is our statement from the stage that we persevered, we persisted, and here we are two years later on the other side of a shared experience none of us could have imagined. I think it’s a wonderful way to show we’ve reemerged and are ready and eager to move on from those dark days, so we hope everyone will join us on April 23 and help make that statement with us!”

The Center for the Performing Arts (CPA) recently updated its COVID-19 protocols for all campus facilities including the Palladium. Neither masks nor proof of vaccination are required at any CPA venue.

Following Masterworks 5, Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s diverse 2021-22 season of exceptional music concludes with:

Family Fun Concert

Saturday, May 14, 3 pm at the Palladium

An extraordinary, interactive introduction for children to some of the world’s greatest orchestral classics, featuring selections sure to be enjoyed by all ages – plus a post-concert Drum Circle with Resounding Joy! Carmel High School Senior Violinist Abigail Ko, this year’s Young Artist competition winner, will perform with the CSO at this concert. Tickets are just $5 for students, $17.50 for adults.

For more information and tickets, visit CarmelSymphony.org, or call the Palladium Fifth Third Bank Box Office, 317.843.3800.

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