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Hunter Smith will be a special guest conductor this Saturday at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's performance at Connor Prairie. The music selections will be sports-themed, with several featuring clips from the movies they originated from.


Hunter Smith to conduct Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform an exciting sports-themed program titled Heroes & Victors – Music From the Greatest Sports Films this Friday and Saturday at the Connor Prairie Amphitheater.  The thrilling audio pieces will be supplemented by excerpts of the films from which the music originated projected onto large video screens near the stage for the audience.

Those in attendance Saturday night will have the added benefit of Indianapolis Colts' punter, Hunter Smith conducting a fight song medley.

"Being that I play for the Colts and I went to Notre Dame and Notre Dame's fight song is part of the medley, I think they thought that was appropriate," Smith said.

"I thought it would be a real privilege to be a part of something like that and to be associated with such a fine organization as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra."

Clips from films such as Rocky, Breaking Away, Hoosiers, Rudy, Field of Dreams, Chariots of Fire, The Natural, and the Disney animated film Cars will play during selections from the films' scores. Other works performed, such as John Williams' Summon the Heroes and Rossini's Overture to The Barber of Seville, may not feature movie excerpts, but will have different types of video enhancements.

The piece Smith will be conducting Saturday night consists of Notre Dame, Indiana, and Purdue University's fight songs.

Not having ever conducted a group like the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Smith knew he needed to prepare for the evening.

"I am getting a CD of the song I will be doing and I'm going to stand up in my bathroom, in front of my mirror, and practice," he said.

Also included on the ISO's guest list is Bloomington native, Angelo Pizzo, the award-winning screenwriter and director of Hoosiers and Rudy. He will introduce the film excerpts from the stage.

Fifteen-year-old pianist Jingxuan Zhang, 2008 Michael Ben and Illene Komisaro Maurer Young Musicians Contest winner, will perform as well.

Tickets for adults are $19 (advance - $24 at gate) and children (2-12) are $10 (advance - $12 at gate). They are also available online at and all Marsh and O'Malia Stores as well as the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Or call (317) 639-4300 or (800) 366-8457.

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