Composer David Baker directs the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. / Photo provided by Indy Jazz Fest
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Douglas Boyd, music director of the Manchester (England) Camerata, will conduct two performances of “The Creation,” Joseph Haydn’s 1798 oratorio, with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and soloists Sarah Tynan, Thomas Cooley and Matthew Rose.
A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Boyd was a founding member and principal oboist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe until 2002. He is principal guest conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and artistic partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
» Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, $20-$70, call (317) 639-4300 or (800) 366-8457; order tickets online at www.indianapolissymphony.org.
Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis
David Baker, who has directed jazz studies at Indiana University for more than 40 years, will talk about his jazz symphony “Shades of Blue” before a performance of the work Sunday by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis.
Reginald Walters will conduct the orchestra’s 13th annual gospel concert, also featuring the Symphonic Praise Choir (under the direction of Paralee Gale). Selections will include “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” “Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho,” “I Love the Lord” and “I Can Go to the Lord in Prayer.”
Baker, a prolific composer who also directs the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, will talk about his 1993 four-movement work at 2:30 p.m.
» Details: 3 p.m. Sunday, Pike Performing Arts Center, 6701 Zionsville Road, $15 ($12 seniors, $5 students; children younger than 10 free when accompanied by a paying adult), www.philharmonicindy.org or (317) 229-2367.
Organist Christopher Young
Christopher Young, professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will play an organ recital Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
He will play works by Hubert Parry, J.S. Bach, William Albright, Marcel Dupre, Louis Vierne and others. In 1988, Young won the National Young Arts Competition of the American Guild of Organists, at whose conventions he’s been a featured artist. He has been heard also on “Pipedreams” on National Public Radio.