Life. It's better with music, don't you think? Come see the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the white half-moon-looking-thingie (or amphitheater) at Ellis Park in Danville on July 11. You'll want to visit Hendricks County, then at 8 p.m., Thursday, July 11  when the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) comes to Ellis Park in Danville, Indiana, to perform Broadway Standing Ovations. If you've already planned to go to the Taste of Hendricks County on the same night, no problem. The start time for Symphony in Ellis Park is late enough that you can easily attend both. In fact, why not make it a date night with food and then music? It's been awhile since the ISO came to Danville, and that white half-moon-looking-thingie (or "amphitheater" as I keep being told to call it) in the back of Ellis Park has been lonely. So the Danville Chamber of Commerce decided to bring the ISO back to town for the Symphony in Ellis Park so that families can enjoy a picnic dinner and the tremendous musical talent of the symphony in the comfort of their own lawn chairs. I've been fortunate to be involved in the planning stages of this event, and while my knowledge of classical music and symphonies isn't particularly deep (as you may have noticed by what I've been calling the amphitheater for years), I do enjoy it, and I'm pretty excited about a symphony as big and famous as the ISO coming to Danville. Maestro -- and Hoosier! -- Jack Everly will conduct the ISO at the Symphony at Ellis Park. I have learned a lot about this event over the past few months. For example, the conductor of the Symphony in Ellis Park, Jack Everly, is a Hoosier! That's right -- he hails from right here in Indiana, and he's a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Franklin College. Maestro Everly has done a ton of stuff outside of Indiana, too, over the course of his long career, including serving as Music Director and conducting the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years after being appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Again, I'm not terribly cultured, but even know who Mikhail Baryshnikov is! So Maestro Everly is a big deal. Beautiful, talented, funny. Vocalist Christina Bianco will perform at Symphony at Ellis Park. Joining the ISO for the Symphony in Ellis Park is vocalist Christina Bianco. Not only is she a beautiful woman with a phenomenal voice, she's also really funny! She does impressions of singers like Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion and more that are dead-on. Also performing at the Symphony in Ellis Park are vocalists Ted Keegan and Ben Crawford. Among Keegan's extensive experience is his role as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and Crawford's many accomplishments include playing both Javert and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway. This is an impressive group of vocalists who will be helping the ISO perform selections from Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Misérables and more at Symphony in Ellis Park. You can learn more about all of them at the Symphony in Ellis Park's Facebook page by clicking here. You want all the details now, right? I don't blame you! It sounds like a great time for the whole family! So here's what you need to know:
  • The event begins at 8 p.m., Thursday, July 11. Gates open at 6 p.m.
  • Tickets in advance are just $15 per adult, $6 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under.
  • A family package is available for only $35 and includes two adult and two children's tickets.
  • Tables can be reserved for $40 a piece.
  • VIP parking is $10.
  • Boxed dinners are available for pre-order through the Danville Chamber of Commerce for both adults and children.
  • Food, beer and wine vendors will be on site.
  • Symphony in Ellis Park is presented by The Greater Danville Chamber of Commerce, The Town of Danville, Hendricks Regional Health, Visit Hendricks County, Danville Chiropractic and Vectren Energy.
Where can you get tickets in advance? Visit Danville Chamber of Commerce's website by clicking here, or you can call them at (317) 745-0670. You can also head over to Carla's Creations & Gifts on the south side of the Courthouse Square in Danville and get tickets, or you can pick up tickets at any Hendricks County State Bank of Lizton branch or North Salem State Bank location. Life. It's better with music. Especially at Ellis Park.