Classical music is best enjoyed outside, allowing arpeggios to ascend without getting tangled in the ceiling fan. Enjoy unencumbered music with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get one ticket to see the Carmel Symphony Orchestra at Mallow Run Winery on Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m. in Bargersville (up to a $25 value). Children ages 15 and younger receive free admission.
The Carmel Symphony Orchestra will transplant its professional and formally trained ensemble to the fertile acreage of Mallow Run Winery for a fourth annual summer helping of outdoor orchestral music. Guests may sip from glasses of Mallow Run’s own vintages and lend as many as two ears to this year’s program, which boasts an eclectic array of audible delights. Cinema-savvy listeners will smile as selections from Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars bang recognizable rhythms on eardrums, and patriotic patrons will sit tall, proud, and with outstretched straws while marches like the American Salute make merlot out of nearby grapes. The sound-dreams of Handel, Tchaikovsky, and Copland will also dance over the landscape, returning listeners to the days before Bob Dylan invented the synth.
Concertgoers are encouraged to supply their own lawn chairs, levitating blankets, and picnics, though food vendors will ambulate around the grounds hawking hot comestibles. The vineyard’s delectable wines may be purchased by the bottle or glass during the concert, but regular wine tastings end at 6:30 p.m.
Mallow Run Winery
The story of Mallow Run Winery reads like a Steinbeck novel with a happy ending—a tale of romance, music, and farm life. John Richardson grew up on the 600-acre plot where Mallow Run now resides, but left for 35 years to become a teacher. During this time, he raised his son, Bill, whose dream of following the pastoral path of his ancestors led him to pursue a degree in Agriculture at Purdue University. After he graduated and his father retired, they both returned to John’s stomping ground with the intent of growing grapes for various Indiana wineries. Bill would meet his wife, Laura, while playing music locally in the Carmel Symphony—the former on French horn and the latter on clarinet—and thus, the triumvirate behind Mallow Run Winery was born.
Between the bushels of corn and soybeans that spring from the verdant fields, eight acres of grapevines produce the plump fruit that goes into bottles of Chardonel, Traminette, Seyval Blanc, and other varietals, and the tailpipes of any double-parked cars on the estate. The winery has become a destination to listen to live music in addition to sipping wine with friends and family, as the winery’s spacious lawn is often used for concerts from local artists.