The Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel

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The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts is 1,600-seat, 151,000 square foot concert hall located in Carmel, Indiana.
After years of planning, The Palladium, one of three venues that comprises the Center for the Performing Arts, opened on January 29, 2011 and today serves as a venue for various musical concerts and performances. It is located at 1 Center Green, adjacent to the Carmel City Center. The four-fronted, symmetrical design of The Palladium, massed around the domed central space of the single room concert hall was inspired by Andrea Palladio’s Villa Capra, La Rotonda (1566). The Palladium is based upon the traditional shoebox-shaped concert hall with high ceilings and massive, sound-reflecting walls. The facility also features a limestone façade and movable acoustical panels that can significantly alter the acoustics of the hall.
The Palladium was designed by David M. Schwarz Architects of Washington, D.C. with local consultation by CSO Architects as Architect of Record. Indianapolis-based Shiel Sexton Co. Inc. served as construction manager.
The Palladium is home to the Great American Songbook Foundation. The organization's administrative headquarters are located on the Gallery level.
The other two venues that comprise the Center are the 500 seat Tarkington Theatre and the Studio Theatre – a black box with flexible seating.
Steven Libman was the founding President/ CEO of the The Center for the Performing Arts from 2009 to 2011. While there, he successfully planned and launched the first few seasons and produced two major opening night festival galas with: Michael Feinstein, Chris Botti, Neil Sedaka, Dionne Warwick, David Hyde Pierce and dancers from American Ballet Theatre. He also produced a PBS special with Michael Feinstein seen by 11 million viewers. The special titled "Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project" was nominated for Outstanding Music Direction at the 64th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
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  • I’ve been here 3 times for symphonies and a concert. Carmel is decent little town with a few nice places to eat in the area. Tye performing arts theatre 🎭 is built very nicely. There are a few...  more »
  • The facility is beautiful and no where better to hear an intimate concert. That said.....drinks are priced outrageously high. I would also be nice if restrooms were on every floor.  more »
  • We saw our first show here last weekend (Carmel Symphony Orchestra). The building is very nice and pretty grand. I feel that any seat in here would be great. We sat on the main floor, but actually sitting in the balcony might give you a better vantage point. I was surprised to see that it seats 1,600 people. It must be due to the number of box seats. We will plan on seeing additional shows here in the future. Was nice that there is a (free) parking garage right next door.
  • Beautiful facility. Only problem is it is not very handicap friendly. Almost everything is on a different level and there are mainly stairs. It can be done but with much added effort.

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