2013-2014 Season Preview

Dear Friends,

It’s a really exciting time at the Phil with many new ideas and great collaborations. Having Christopher Parkening, the Classical Mystery Tour, Di Wu, Messiah, the CICC, and Kate Hamilton all in one year is really too good to be true. The best seats will be gone soon, and many concerts may sell out. Plan now so you can savor the music all season long with discounted pricing and other great perks. I promise we’ll knock your socks off!

David Bowden
Music Director and Conductor


We’ll knock your socks off!

Take a peek at our upcoming season.

Ticket Info

Di Wu Plays Gershwin & Liszt
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 7:30 pm
Liszt’s First Piano Concerto is a virtuosic tour-de-force perfect for Di Wu’s prodigious technique and superb musicianship. You’ll love her toe-tapping version of Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm.

Christopher Parkening Guitar Virtuoso
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 7:30 pm
Christopher Parkening has a profound gift for connecting directly and intimately with audiences wherever he appears.  According to a review in The Washington Post, Parkening is “the leading guitar virtuoso of our day, combining profound musical insight with complete technical mastery of his instrument.”

Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 7:30 pm
No other choral work in existence has enjoyed such enduring popularity.  This year, the Philharmonic Choir will be joined by area high school choirs for a performance of Handel’s Messiah, demonstrating yet again the profoundly moving experience that includes dazzling solos, fiery instrumental passages and some of the most glorious choral writing of all time.

Celebrate the Holidays
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 3:00 and 7:00 pm
Holiday traditions come alive in the eyes of children.  The Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir will capture your heart with seasonal favorites and thrill you with their delivery of new songs celebrating this joyous time of year.  The Philharmonic adds their lush sounds to timeless holiday classics, providing the perfect way to share the holiday spirit with family and friends.

Classical Mystery Tour a Tribute to the Beatles
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 7:30 pm
The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The full show presents some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written.  Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged “I Am the Walrus.” From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them: totally live.

 Brahms’ Requiem, Comfort & Joy
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 7:30 pm
Brahms approached his choral-orchestral masterpiece, A German Requiem, as a consolation for the living rather than the traditional conception of a requiem as a prayer for the departed.  From the very first line (Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”) to the last chorus (“Blessed are those who die in the Lord”), Brahms’ rich harmonies and beautiful melodies will envelop you and convey soothing comfort, joy in the Resurrection and liberating redemption.

Celebrating America
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:30 pm
Kate Hamilton sings favorite songs – from Blue Skies and So in Love to Another Openin’, Another Show, Shenandoah and God Bless America.  Plus the Philharmonic plays music from the great American musical, West Side Story.  The evening begins with Dvorak’s celebrated masterpiece, the New World Symphony.

 14th Annual Salute! Concert
Friday, May 23, 2014, 6:00 pm on the grounds of the Bartholomew County Courthouse