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Symphony and a Sack Lunch

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The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Lunch Break Series returns with the first concert this Thursday at 12:15 p.m. Back with an impressive lineup of classical favorites, the series kicks off with the Maurer Young Musician Competition winner, Daniel Hallett, performing the Prism Rhapsody for Marimba by Keiko Abe.

Each Thursday for the next six weeks the ISO will present what's likely the best bargain in the arts this summer -- and surely some of the most rewarding midday musical treats. For only $5 a ticket, you're invited to the Hilbert Circle Theatre to bring your lunch, pick a seat and kick back for a nice, laid-back noonish classical concert. The setting is casual (even the musicians and maestros come in comfy attire) for the 40-minute performances.

Some words of advice: Unless you work downtown, it's a good idea to count on an additional 15 or 20 minutes to find parking and allow for walking time, in case you end up in a spot a couple blocks away.

And if you must miss any of the concerts, don't let it be A Musical Salute to America on July 2. It will be pure joy from start to finish. Last summer, the ISO stationed large speakers outside the Hilbert Circle Theatre doors to share the patriotic-themed instrumentals with Indy's bustling lunchtime crowd. The mix of music, food trucks and foot traffic around Monument Circle was electric -- everyone had an extra kick in their step that afternoon.

The only downside to these concerts (if any) is having to return to work when they're over. But at least you go back energized.

Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time or in the lobby before the event. For more details, visit the website www.indianapolissymphony.org.

Last summer, Nathan Meltze, the first-place winner of the Ben & Illene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians contest, performed as a guest during one of the noontime concerts. - COURTESY OF THE INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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  • Last summer, Nathan Meltze, the first-place winner of the Ben & Illene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians contest, performed as a guest during one of the noontime concerts.

The remaining concerts in the Lunch Break Series all will begin at 12:15 p.m. and include the following:

June 25 – Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto

July 2 – A Musical Salute to America

July 9 – Great Dance Classics

July 16 – Tchaikovsky & Vivaldi

July 23 – Movie Music of John Williams

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