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Carmel Jazz Festival, with special guests B. Thompson, Antonia Bennett and Mackenzie Melemed

August 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:45 pm

Carmel Symphony Orchestra presents August 9th Ellington and Gershwin Tribute at the Carmel Jazz Festival Choose your concert seats today


Ellington & Gershwin Tribute by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra,
with opening act B. Thompson

Joel Smirnoff, Principal Guest Conductor
Antonia Bennett, vocalist
Mackenzie Melemed, piano
Blair Clark, vocalist
Friday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m.

Ellington, The River (excerpts)
Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, Mackenzie Melemed
Antonia Bennett, vocal arrangements

Welcome conductor Joel Smirnoff to the Palladium as he leads the Carmel Symphony Orchestra for the opening night of the Carmel Jazz Festival in a celebration concert honoring Duke Ellington’s 125th Birthday and the 100th anniversary of Rhapsody in Blue.
Vocalist Antonia Bennett, daughter of Tony Bennett, returns to Carmel dazzling Palladium audiences with songbook favorites. Avery Fisher Award Recipient and American Pianist Association Laureate Mackenzie Melemed makes his debut with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.

JUST ADDED: B. Thompson (Bryan Thompson) will open the evening at 6:30 p.m. Currently on tour with the National Recording Artist Babyface as a saxophonist, vocalist and dancer; B. Thompson is a Pop / RNB Instrumentalist from Indianapolis, Indiana.
He has been recognized by celebrities and media such as Chris Brown, Cardi B., Chloe & Halle and Mariah Carey. He has performed with legendary musicians and singers such as Najee, Kirk Whalum, Kenny Lattimore, Faith Evans, Toni Braxton and H.E.R.

Celebrate the opening weekend of the 2nd annual Carmel Jazz Festival with two fantastic performances for the price of one.
Tickets to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra afterparty in the Brham’s Founder’s Club, and a chance to meet the guest artists, will be available mid-July.


August 9
8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
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The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
1 Carter Green
Carmel, IN 46032 United States
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