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Virtual Events and Online Arts and Entertainment with the Center for Performing Arts

It’s been a year of adjustment for many of us, including the Center for the Performing Arts.

With limits on public gatherings and the touring concert industry at a virtual standstill, the Center has developed new online initiatives and adapted its existing programs to continue bringing arts, entertainment and educational programming to the community. Moving programs online has enabled the Center and the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation to reach larger and wider audiences than ever before.

Jeffrey C. McDermott, President/CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts, tells us more about these virtual events and online arts and entertainment.


Performing Arts Connect – “virtual field trips” – interactive online workshops and presentations led by artists and experts from leading arts institutions.
• Dec. 1, 7 p.m. – Jim Henson Trivia Night – live from the Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, GA

Live at the Center – Livestreamed performances by Central Indiana’s top musical artists; multi-camera HD video with stereo sound; sponsored by Allied Solutions.
• Dec. 4 – Jenn Cristy, pop
• Dec. 16 – Bashiri Asad, soul

KAR Front Seat – Live online student Q&A sessions with performing arts professionals; sponsored by KAR Global.
• Dec. 7 – David Lober, Broadway stage manager

Live online discussions about jazz musicians and history with saxophonist Todd Williams and Center VP of Programming Doug Tatum; sponsored by Drewry Simmons Vornehm.
• Dec. 8 – Trailblazers (Sidney Bechet, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Elvin Jones)

Also available online: Faegre Drinker Peanut Butter & Jam children’s concerts, Palladium Bookies book club, etc.

Live at the Center with the Charlie Ballantine Quartet –
Livestream-only performances by local artists

Faegre Drinker Peanut Butter & Jam with Dorin –
Children’s concert offered both online and in person with face coverings and social distancing

KAR Front Seat with Broadway and British theater choreographer Lizzi Gee –
Professional arts Q&A sessions for students – online only via Zoom

Jeffrey C. McDermott is a collaborative leader with years of experience in management, business growth and problem-solving, most recently as a longtime partner at law firm Krieg DeVault LLP.

A Carmel resident for over 30 years, McDermott joined the Board of Directors for the Center for the Performing Arts in 2010, prior to the opening of the Palladium. He has since served the Center’s Board in multiple capacities, including as a member of its Executive Committee, Development Committee, Audit Committee, Finance Committee, Governance Committee and as its legal counsel.

In 2011, McDermott joined the Board of Directors of the Great American Songbook Foundation as its second Board Chairman. During his tenure, the Foundation permanently affiliated with the Center, attracted new members to its national Board of Directors, increased its donor base, significantly added to its archives, and expanded its national Songbook Academy to every state in the continental United States.

McDermott was named Interim President/CEO in 2016 and accepted a permanent, full-time appointment to the position in August 2017.

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