World Music Series

Carmel Community Player's will launch its 2011-2012 World Music Series, with two October concerts featuring professional musicians playing stringed instruments with distinctly different European styles.

Emily Ann Thompson, Carmel, brings her unique brand of modern and ancient Celtic music to the Playhouse on October 8 at 8 pm.  Thompson, who sings, dances and plays her violin, often simultaneously, has performed across the country and internationally, most recently at Carmel's International Art Festival.

The Carmel Community Players will follow up with a chamber music concert featuring Russian-trained cellist Polina Umansky and her long-time collaborator and accompanist, Diane Earle, Professor of Music at Kentucky Wesleyan College.


"I can't believe our good fortune at hosting concerts by such fine musicians," Rich Phipps, president of Carmel Community Players remarked.  "Both these performers are highly regarded in there genres.  I'll keep pinching myself until I see them on our stage."

Both performers said it was the theater that attracted them.

"I'm really thrilled at the opportunity to perform in front of a home town crowd in a really great theater," Thompson said.  "The Carmel Community Playhouse provides an unusually intimate setting for me to interact with the audience.

Umansky agreed.

"The Playhouse is the perfect venue for Chamber Music," she said, noting chamber comes from the French word for room.  "I attended a concert there by (Indiana University mixed a cappella group) Hooshir last Spring and I immediately saw the potential for performing my type of music there.  I'm so grateful to CCP for giving me the opportunity.

"Having our own theater at Clay Terrace gives us the ability to offer our audiences more than just the traditional plays and musicals we have become known for," Rich Phipps said of CCP's decision to add the World Music Series to its lineup.

"Last year we started doing cabarets featuring local amateur and professional talent.  This year we're adding World Music including Celtic, classical, Indian, and Jewish among others," Phipps continued.  "We want to add as much diversity to Carmel's cultural landscape as we can.

All world music sereis events will be held at Carmel Community Playhouse, 14288 Clay Terrace Blvd., Suite 149, Carmel, Indiana.  Tickets are $10 unless otherwise specified and can be purchased at the door, online at or by calling the Carmel Community Playhouse box office at 317-815-9387



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