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Indiana’s Feinstein Foundation

Vocalist Michael Feinstein preserves the Great American Songbook

Though he will remain forever linked with the sophisticated urbanity of New York and Paris, Cole Porter was born in the tiny burg of Peru, Ind. Eight years later, Hoagy Carmichael was born 130 miles away in Bloomington. If you travel from Peru to Bloomington, you’ll pass through the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel. And it is in Carmel, Ind.-appropriately located at the midpoint of Carmichael and Porter-that you’ll find the Feinstein Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook.

Actually, the Feinstein Foundation is housed within Carmel’s grand, new Center for the Performing Arts, which officially opened this past January. The facility includes the Palladium (a 1600-seat concert hall), plus a 500-seat proscenium theater and a 200-seat studio theater. It was on the Palladium stage that Michael Feinstein, who was named the Center’s Artistic Director in June 2010, taped The Sinatra Legacy, airing this month on PBS.

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