Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Musicians Provide Free Concert at Noon

Indianapolis, Jan. 9, 2017 – Members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) will perform a special, intimate performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse near the main entrance of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. The free concert on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will begin at noon.

The Four Seasons is a group of four violin concerti by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, each of which gives a musical expression to a season of the year. They were written about 1723 and were published in 1725 in Amsterdam, together with eight additional violin concerti, as Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione ("The Contest Between Harmony and Invention").
The Four Seasons is the best known of Vivaldi's works. Unusually for the time, Vivaldi published the concerti with accompanying poems (possibly written by Vivaldi himself) that elucidated what it was about those seasons that his music was intended to evoke. It provides one of the earliest and most-detailed examples of what was later called program music—music with a narrative element.
This particular piece relates to Eskenazi Health’s running themes of holistic healing and the healing power of music and nature. From T.C. Steele’s Four Seasons in the Rapp Family Conference Center to the Well Garden outside of the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department waiting room and Richard Ross’ spring, summer, and fall piece in the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care Clinic on the second floor of the Outpatient Care Center, nature and celebration of the four seasons is evident throughout our campus.

ISO concert musicians who will perform at Eskenazi Health include Sherry Hong and Charles Morey (solo violinists), Zach De Pue (violin), Amy Kniffen (viola), Austin Huntington (cello), Bennett Crantford (bass) and Tom Gerber (harpsichord).
This performance is a part of the Music of the Earth Festival, presented by Music Director Krzysztof Urbański, which features performances throughout Indianapolis that celebrate the majesty of our planet.

This free concert is part of the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health, which brings music to the patients, visitors and staff at Eskenazi Health. Tobias helped to establish the program, including donating a concert grand piano that resides in the main concourse of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

To learn more about the Marianne Tobias Music Program, and to find a list of upcoming concerts, please contact the Eskenazi Health Foundation at 317.880.4900 or visit


CONTACT: Tom Surber
Phone: 317.880.4793
Pager: 317.310.5972 


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