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The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
The mission of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) is to advance and promote music composed for the small orchestra through professional performances and education programs. Under the direction of Matthew Kraemer, the ICO presents a subscription concert series drawing on a body of musical literature spanning four centuries, including the silent film and theatrical genres. In addition to presenting the full breadth of chamber orchestra repertoire, ICO concerts feature internationally recognized concert artists, superior local talent, aspiring young soloists, and showcase the talents of contemporary composers. The ICO has commissioned several new works and performed a number of world and American premieres.
The ICO brand promises an “ICO-Intimate, Classic, Original” concert experience with professional concerts presented in small, intimate venues. The ICO is Orchestra-in-Residence at the Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler Arts Center. The ICO is also frequently engaged to provide professional accompaniment for area arts and educational institutions, such as Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and American Pianists Association. In 2018-2019 the ICO will serve its twelfth year as Orchestra-in-Residence for the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival.
The ICO is featured prominently in local media with its weekly radio broadcast on WFYI, 90.1 FM. The ICO Radio Broadcast features selections from ICO concerts and interviews with the Maestro and guest artists, increasing community awareness of the ICO and enhances its professional image. In 2017 the ICO was featured on the PBS concert “A Festival of Carols with Sylvia McNair.” Peacemakers, premiered in 2016, became the subject of an Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary in 2017. In May 2015, the ICO released its first commercial CD, Momentum 21. While Momentum 21 is a milestone in the ICO's growth and development, it also speaks of the forward momentum and direction of contemporary music composed for chamber orchestra, and of the dynamic talent that is adding to the body of music literature in the 21st century.