Comprised of 34 professional musicians, the ICO annually presents a subscription concert series using two formats: Masterworks and Pops. The ICO Masterworks concerts draw on a body of musical literature spanning four centuries, and the ICO Pops focuses on popular and theatrical genre, all of which are scored for the small orchestra. In addition to presenting the full breadth of chamber orchestra repertoire, the ICO's subscription concerts feature internationally recognized concert artists as well as superior local talent, present aspiring young soloists, and showcase the talents of contemporary composers. The ICO has commissioned several new works and has performed a number of world and American premieres. The ICO brand promises an "ICO-Intimate, Classic, Original" concert experience with professional concerts presented in small, intimate venues. The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Broadcast, featuring excerpts from ICO concerts, is aired each Sunday night at 9:00 pm and each Monday night at 10:00 pm on WFYI, FM 90.1. In May 2015, the ICO released its first commercial CD, entitled Momentum 21 (check out a copy from IndyPL).
In addition to the concert series, the ICO accompanies many local arts and educational organizations including the Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, and American Pianists Association. For the tenth consecutive year, the ICO will serve as Orchestra-in-Residence for the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, now in its 50th season. Through its affiliation with this three-day immersive educational event, the ICO sponsors a nation-wide competition for the composition of new works for chamber orchestra.
The ICO offers a full range of educational programs for ages pre-kindergarten through adult in a variety of formats. Major education initiatives are ICO FUNtastic Classics, ICO School Residencies, and ICO Concert Connections. The ICO FUNtastic Classics and Residency programs take ICO musicians into area schools for live programs or classroom coaching. ICO Concert Connections provides underwriting support to bring area youth to ICO concerts.
Made possible by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc. and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, and with thanks to the Butler Special Collections and Special Collections for the loan of original Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra material from their collection.