The Center for the Performing Arts: Indiana Bicentennial Celebration

The Center for the Performing Arts: Indiana Bicentennial Celebration

Celebrating 200 years!

Throughout 2016, the Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial and the artistic riches of our state by highlighting Hoosier artists and songwriters who continue to create and influence art in Indiana and around the world.   

For Tickets:

Online: Click on the links below to learn more or buy tickets
Phone: 317.843.3800
Palladium Box Office: 1 Center Green, Carmel IN

Jazz Legacy: Past, Present & Future
During Jazz Appreciation Month in April, the Center will host activities and performances to preserve the memory of great Indiana jazz musicians and provide an inter-generational learning experience.

Jazz Photography Exhibit
April 8–16 | The Palladium
Works from Photographer Mark Sheldon’s recent exhibit, The Naptown Scene, featuring images of Jazz musicians in Indianapolis will be on display.

SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Michael Jackson
Friday, April 8 at 8pm | The Palladium

Celebrate the music of Michael Jackson with top jazz musicians of the SFJAZZ Collective.

Jazz Legacy Project
Sunday, April 10 at 3pm | The Palladium

Free and open to the public. No ticket required.
In a storytelling session that will open the event, master jazz musicians from Indiana will share their memories about the golden era of the State’s rich jazz legacy. Participants will include trombonist/arranger Slide Hampton, bassist Larry Ridley, vocalist Everett Greene, pianist Rev. Marvin Chandler, and trumpeter Pharez Whitted. The event will conclude with a jam session that will feature the honored Jazz Masters along with other fine musicians from the present-day Indy jazz scene such as drummer Kenny Phelps, and saxophonists Rob Dixon and Todd Williams. They will be joined by students from the Indiana High School All-State Jazz Combo and Indy Jazz Fest Jazz Futures. Come join in this celebration of Indiana’s jazz legacy— past, present and future!

This activity is a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission.

Celebration Of Indiana Voices
To recognize the talent in Indiana’s universities, the Center will present performances featuring the state’s most well-known collegiate choral ensembles.


Singing Hoosiers 
Friday, April 15 at 8pm | The Palladium

Adult tickets start at $20 | Student tickets $15
The Indiana University Singing Hoosiers perform popular contemporary vocal music ranging from The Great American Songbook, jazz, Broadway, to the hits of today.


Purdue Glee Club & Purduettes - On sale in April 2016
Saturday, September 24 at 8pm | The Palladium

Adult tickets start at $20 | Student tickets $15
Celebrating music of all genres with a vast repertoire including pop, classical, contemporary, country, swing, patriotic, Broadway, gospel and jazz, these multi-talented ensembles are sure to excite.

Performances Featuring Indiana Artists
The celebration continues throughout the year with performances by Indiana artists that will have you beaming with Hoosier pride.


The Gaither Vocal Band, featuring Bill Gaither
Sunday, June 12 at 3pm | The Palladium

For more than a quarter century, the Gaither Vocal Band has created a legacy of award-winning excellence that has forever raised the bar for male harmony. Indiana native, singer, and songwriter, Bill Gaither, has led the group out of his personal passion for great harmony and his genuine desire to bring meaningful music to a hurting world.


Sandi Patty Christmas Blessings Tour - On sale in April 2016
Friday, December 2 at 8pm | The Palladium

Sandi is one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy® awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and over forty Dove awards.

Bicentennial Celebration Week on the Center’s Campus: October 8-15, 2016

Carmel Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, October 8 | The Palladium -
On sale in summer 2016
This exciting concert will feature music related to Indiana including our State Song and a surprise guaranteed to touch the hearts of fans of Indiana sports. In addition to music celebrating the Bicentennial, Carmel’s professional orchestra will also present powerful orchestral masterpieces.

Indiana Wind Symphony
Sunday, October 9 | The Palladium -
On sale in summer 2016
The performance will focus on a wide range of music from Indiana composers exploring circus band music to auto racing, Cole Porter to Hoagy Carmichael, and even the leadership of the Elkhart companies as the capitol of American musical instrument manufacturers.

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre Centennial Exhibit
October 10–15 | The Tarkington

Learn about local theatre venues, hometown celebrities, and the evolution of Indiana’s largest and oldest community theatre.

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay Celebration Station
Thursday, October 13 | Center Green

Free and open to the public

Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Induction
Saturday, October 15 | The Palladium

Join us for an evening full of music, entertainment, and dancing as we induct Hoagy Carmichael in the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame.

Free Engagement Opportunities

The Great Indiana Songbook: Two Centuries of Hoosier Music

Year Long Exhibit! Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm
Open now, the Great American Songbook Foundation exhibit celebrates the singers, songwriters, and songs of Indiana. The yearlong exhibit surveys the famous and the forgotten in its exploration of Indiana’s rich musical legacy that spans all genres from classical to pop to heavy metal. Visit to learn more.

Located on the Gallery level of the Palladium, guests take the elevator in the West Lobby by the Box Office.

World Voice Day–Broadway and All That Jazz
Thursday, April 14 at 6:30pm | The Palladium

Free and open to the public
Join us on for a Big Broadway Sing Along and All That Jazz! As the Palladium Stage is transformed into a cabaret for our open mic night. Singers of all ages are encouraged to join us for an evening of music.

Read Cole Porter’s biography with the Palladium Bookies
The Palladium Bookies meet monthly to discuss books about the performing arts. This summer, learn about the man behind the music with the Palladium Bookies as they read Cole Porter by William McBrien. Click here for more information on this and other selections.

Luminaries: Inspiring Women Through the Arts
Tuesday, September 20 at 11am | The Palladium

Join the Center’s dynamic women’s group, the Luminaries, for a discussion and lunch as they explore Indiana artists and how Indiana is represented through song throughout the years. For more information click here.

Musical Images Of Indiana Interactive Videoconference
Throughout this 45 minute program, students will create lyrics to describe their own hometown and state. Students will actively engage in an examination of songs about Indiana and Hoosier songwriters from the 19th Century to present day. Has Indiana ever been misrepresented in music videos or song lyrics? What geographic regions of Indiana have been overemphasized and why? How do lyricists incorporate the use of metaphor, simile, and hyperbole to strengthen their song?

The program’s arts-integrated learning aligns to the Indiana Department of Education standards for Language Arts, Social Studies, and Music. This program is available for free to any school in Indiana. It is designed for 4th grade but can be adapted for other grades.

For more information and to schedule a videoconference for your school, contact Julia Shildmyer-Heighway at 317.819.3516 or jheighway@

The Indiana Music Series is presented by CNO Financial Group and performances are part of the Center Presents season supported by Allied Solutions.

Bicentennial activities are signature projects of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and are made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and Hamilton County Tourism.