Carmen Get It; the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Has It
Carmen Get It isn't just a bad pun.
It is how I first heard the legendary Georges Bizet opera "Carmen."
It was, of course, a Tom & Jerry cartoon.
I would pay good money to see my friend Zach DePue, concert master with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and music director/conductor Krzysztof Urbanski recreate that on the stage of the Hilbert Circle Theatre. I will likely hold on to my money for a while.
That said, I thought the ISO would be performing selections from Carmen this weekend. I didn't read the fine print - Maestro Urbanski filled me in when he stopped by this week. They are doing the whole opera, or at least a slightly truncated version of it, acting and all. It's the first time the orchestra has tried something like this during Urbanski's tenure, but why not - it is the centennial of the Hilbert Circle Theatre, after all.
My talks with the Maestro are some of the best I have had during my time at WIBC. I cherish each one.
And I didn't slip him a 100 to get him to sneak in a snippet of There'll Be a Hot Time In the Old Time Tonight. I should have.
The final performance of Carmen by the ISO is Sunday afternoon, 3pm.
I didn't know the ISO and the Maestro were putting on the whole opera, or at least a good chunk of Carmen, until he came in. That and I get to tell my story of first hearing the piece via the "Carmen Get It" Tom & Jerry cartoon. It's Sunday afternoon at Hilbert Circle Theatre.