Indianapolis Ballet | Two-Piano Recital Fundraiser
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Two-Piano Recital Fundraiser

Two-Piano Fundraiser Recital

Supporting Indianapolis Ballet’s Moving Forward Capital Campaign

Concert pianists Marianne Tobias and Panayis Lyras cordially invite you to a Two-Piano Fundraiser Recital on Sunday, October 1, at The Toby at Newfields from 3:00-6:00 p.m.


All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Moving Forward Capital Campaign, supporting the launch of Indianapolis Ballet, the first professional ballet company based in Indianapolis in more than a decade.


The Two-Piano Recital is being held thanks in part by generous support from Barnes & Thornburg LLP and Piano Solutions.


Indianapolis Ballet recently announced The Toby at Newfields will host the company’s 2018 debut season residencies, taking place February 16-18 and May 18-20. Click here for more news on the growth of Indianapolis Ballet as the company continues towards its 2018 debut.


UPDATED 9/20: Indianapolis Ballet is proud to provide its biggest supporters with special updates on the new company during the Two-Piano Fundraiser event! Founding Artistic Director Victoria Lyras will be sharing details on the repertoire for Indianapolis Ballet’s debut season at The Toby at Newfields in addition to introducing the company’s newest dancers to the audience.




Click here to purchase tickets online, or call the Indianapolis Ballet office at 317-955-7525 for assistance in purchasing over the phone. Tickets are available in the following categories:




The Two Piano Recital will see Tobias and Lyras feature works by Mozart, Dvořák, Milhaud and more during the program.


  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. – VIP Reception
  • 4:00 p.m. – Doors open for all attendees
  • 4:30-6:00 p.m. – Recital & program





Musician, author, community leader and philanthropist only begin to scratch the surface of the background of Marianne Tobias,  Ph.D., a resident musicologist, pre-concert lecturer and program annotator for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1988. Through her performances, community outreach programs and capacity to connect with ISO audiences through the written and spoken word, Ms. Tobias has been one of her native city’s most vibrant and informed voices in the arts community across the last four decades.


“It is an honor to play with Panayis Lyras and to support the Indianapolis Ballet and the vision of [Founding Artistic Director] Victoria Lyras,” said Tobias. “The depth of her own pedigreed training, experience in performance, artistic integrity and teaching informs and guarantees consistent impeccable taste, reliability, imagination and commitment. The realization of her vision of a professional company driven by similar values and competency will be an exciting addition to the cultural life of our city.”



Headshot-Panayis-Lyras_SMALLPanayis Lyras is professor of piano and artist in residence at the Michigan State University College of Music.


“I look forward to collaborating with dear friend and colleague Marianne Tobias in a program of beautiful music for two pianos benefitting the Indianapolis Ballet,” said Lyras. “Music and the dance are inextricably linked. George Balanchine was fond of saying, ‘Dance is music made visible,’ and ‘Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.’ We share Victoria’s passion and devotion to the art form, and hope you will join us in celebration of a new beginning, the long-awaited return of professional ballet to Indianapolis.”


A native of Greece, Lyras attended the Athens Conservatory at age 6, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. Winner of the Silver Medal in the 1981 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Lyras has been seen and heard by millions of television viewers on PBS and the Arts and Entertainment Network. He is also the first prize winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Utah, the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, the Three Rivers Piano Competition in Pittsburgh, and is a silver medalist in the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel.


Since his 1980 recital debut in the prestigious Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, California, Lyras has performed solo recitals in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and many other cities across North America, including Boston, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, Portland, Sarasota, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver. His orchestral engagements have included performances with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the San Francisco, Dallas, Saint Louis, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Phoenix, Florida, Omaha, New Mexico, Nashville, New Jersey, Utah, North Carolina, Honolulu, and Pacific Symphony Orchestras. Internationally, Lyras has performed in England, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and Uruguay.






Indianapolis Ballet is deeply grateful to this event’s two supporting partners, Barnes & Thornburg LLP and Piano Solutions.


Indianapolis Ballet is also proud to host the Two Piano Recital at The Toby at Newfields, which will host the company’s 2018 debut season residencies from February 16-18 and May 18-20.


Finally, Indianapolis Ballet would like to recognize Marianne Tobias and Panayis Lyras for lending their time and artistry to make the Two Piano Recital come to life.