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The Center for the Performing Arts announces 2018-19 Center Presents Season

Schedule includes classical, jazz, rock, country and more

Pop genius Brian Wilson, blues legend Buddy Guy, jazz guitar whiz Pat Metheny, country diva Kellie Pickler, folk-rockers Graham Nash and theIndigo Girls, the Russian National Orchestra and TV/stage star Jane Lynch are among the highlights of the upcoming 2018-19 Center Presents Season sponsored by Allied Solutions at the Center for the Performing Arts.

The Center’s eighth full season also includes emerging artists making their first central Indiana appearances, such as Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood and buzzworthy New York City jazz singer Veronica Swift.

President/CEO Jeffrey C. McDermott said the just-concluded 2017-18 Season was one of the Center’s most successful so far, with 14 sold-out performances at the Palladium and first-time visitors accounting for 37 percent of total attendance. The upcoming season raises the bar higher, he said.

“We’ve gathered a lot of feedback from our patron surveys and conversations at the concerts, and I think this season represents our best effort yet at appealing to that wide range of tastes,” McDermott said. “At the same time, we think it’s important to provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists who really bring something new to our audiences.”

Subscription packages for the Center’s classical, jazz, country and Songbook series are on sale now, offering up to 25 percent savings from the regular ticket price. Create Your Own Series packages offer discounts up to 20 percent on four or more performances from the schedule, including pop/rock, holiday, family and Passport series events.

Series subscribers also are eligible for:

  • Discounts up to 20 percent on other Center Presents performances

  • Instant purchase access to the entire 2018-19 Season, before 2018 single-event sales to the general public begin July 27 (2019 single-event tickets go on sale in November)

  • Presale access and discounts for new events added during the season.

Visit for more information on subscription packages and benefits. Purchases can be made online at, by phone at (317) 843-3800 or in person at the Palladium Box Office, 1 Center Green, Carmel.


All events at the Palladium except * at the Tarkington theater


Sept. 20 – Queen Extravaganza

Sept. 22 – Buddy Guy

Sept. 25 – Melissa Etheridge

Sept. 28 – Indigo Girls with special guest Lucy Wainwright Roche

Oct. 18 – Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Nov. 9 – John Hiatt

Nov. 16 – Boney James

Nov. 16 – Royal Wood*

Nov. 17 – Brian Wilson: Greatest Hits Live

Nov. 30 – Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Tour

March 22 – Graham Nash: An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories

May 2 – Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA

DREWRY SIMMONS VORNEHM JAZZ SERIES (series package available)

Oct. 11 – An Evening With Pat Metheny

Feb. 8 – David Sanborn Jazz Quintet

Feb. 23 – A Tribute to Benny Goodman: The Julian Bliss Septet

March 8 – Veronica Swift featuring the Benny Green Trio*

May 4 – Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation


Oct. 12 – Joshua Bell with pianist Sam Haywood

Nov. 2 – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Jan. 13 – Drew Petersen

Feb. 22 – Russian National Orchestra

April 14 – Australian Chamber Orchestra

COUNTRY SERIES (series package available)

Sept. 21 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Nov. 3 – Kellie Pickler

Nov. 29 – Sara Evans: At Christmas

SONGBOOK SERIES (series package available)

July 28 – Songbook Academy Finals

Oct. 26 – Engelbert Humperdinck

Jan. 12 – Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll

Feb. 15 – Megan Hilty

March 23 – Jack Jones

April 13 – Michael Feinstein with special guest


Feb. 28 – Songs of Ireland: A Celtic Celebration

March 1 – Kodo Drummers: One Earth Tour 2019: Evolution

April 18 – Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion


Dec. 1 – Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas

Dec. 9 – Dave Koz & Friends Christmas

Dec. 15 – All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

OLD TOWN COMPANIES FAMILY SERIES (two performances each)

Nov. 11 – Lightwire Theater: The Ugly Duckling*

Jan. 26 – Hudson Vagabond Puppets*

March 23 – The World of Magic*

SPECIAL EVENTS (not eligible for series packages)

Sept. 15 – Songbook Celebration presented by Krieg DeVault

Oct. 27 – United States Marine Band

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Extravaganza presented by Taft

The mission of the nonprofit Center for the Performing Arts is to welcome, engage, inspire and transform through compelling performing arts experiences in a world-class environment. The Center presents and hosts hundreds of events each year on its campus in Carmel, Indiana, which includes a 1,600-seat concert hall, the Palladium; a 500-seat proscenium theater, the Tarkington; and the black-box Studio Theater. The campus houses the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation and provides space and support services for six resident companies: Actors Theatre of Indiana, Civic Theatre, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and Indiana Wind Symphony. The Center also provides educational programming for people of all ages. More information is available at

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