Indigo Girls Symphony Debut Tour Announced
June 14, 2012


Photo: Jeremy Cowart


For the first time, Grammy-winning folk duo the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, will embark on a national symphony tour in the US. With 14 albums to their credit and a career that spans decades, the iconic duo continues to challenge themselves creatively, adding to a body of work that contains such hits and fan favorites as “Galileo” and “Love of Our Lives.” For this tour, they’ve brought in musical arrangers Sean O'Loughlin (Chris Isaak, Feist, The Decemberists, Josh Ritter) and Stephen Barber (Rosanne Cash, Alejandro Escovedo, John Legend) to write orchestral charts for a selection of songs spanning their career, from the 1980s through their most recent release, Beauty Queen Sister, on IG Recordings/ Vanguard.

For Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, who’ve been performing together for over two decades, this is a chance to hear their music performed in a new way and to also bring something special to their fans. It’s an idea they both agree has been a long time coming.

Says Saliers, “I was always awed at Paul Buckmaster's orchestral arrangements for Elton John. Much later on, I was struck by Nanci Griffith's music when played with an orchestra so I knew it was exciting to hear artists with orchestras. I think Amy and I just decided it was time for us to do it at this point, something new and different and inspiring.”

“It can bring new dimension to old songs as well as highlight songs that have string arrangements on the recordings but were never played live in an orchestrated configuration,” adds Ray.

The Indigo Girls first performed with an orchestra back in 2001, doing a series of shows with the Atlanta Ballet called “Shed Your Skin,” which included “a set of songs choreographed with a live band, an orchestra and incredible dancers,” says Ray. “Ever since then I have pondered how cool it would be to have a set of musical scores to bring to orchestras around the country and play in a completely different setting. I'm looking forward to seeing what our arrangers are going to do with the music and am curious how they will interpret the songs.”

While each show will be different, each performance will last roughly two hours with the orchestra, with an intermission, and then Ray and Saliers will perform one or two songs without the orchestra as an encore.

Here is a sampling of some of the songs included in the orchestra tour:

  • Damo
  • Sugar Tongue
  • Become You
  • Fugitive
  • Chickenman
  • World Falls
  • Kid Fears
  • Feed and Water the Horses
  • Able to Sing
  • Galileo
  • Come on Home
  • Mystery
  • Love of our Lives
  • Ghost
  • Woodsong

SA 7/28 Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theatre w/The Chattanooga Symphony
WE 8/29 Dallas, TX - Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center w/The Dallas Symphony
WE 9/12 Seattle, WA - Benaroya Hall w/The Seattle Symphony
FR 9/21 Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theatre w/The Alabama Symphony
FR 9/28 Buffalo, NY - Kleinhans Music Hall w/The Buffalo Philharmonic
FR 11/09 Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall w/The Oregon Symphony
SA 3/30/13 Louisville, KY - Whitney Hall w/The Louisville Symphony

For more information, please contact Tim Fox at 212-841-9571.

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