Indigo Girls to join the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for New Concert Experience

Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018 2:30 pm

The Grammy award-winning Indigo Girls—iconic duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—will come to Toledo on June 1, 2018 at 8 p.m. for a one-night-only Spotlight Event at the Stranahan Theater to perform some of their greatest hits including Closer to Fine, Power of Two, and Galileo—all with full orchestra in a new sonic experience. Sara Jobin will lead the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for her final performance as Resident Conductor in this program of folk and symphonic music.

Three decades after releasing their first album and countless U.S. and international tours later, the Indigo Girls continue to make waves on the music scene. They remain the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 each decade since the 1980s.

In 2012, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray began collaborating with orchestrators to create larger-than-life arrangements that combine the original instrumentation with a full orchestra of musicians, fusing together folk, rock, pop, and symphonic music into one. They have performed with over 50 symphonies across America to date and will perform with the Toledo Symphony for the very first time in June.

“The Indigo Girls have achieved a new and raw experience all over again without sacrificing any of the emotional qualities that defined their music over the years,” said Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony. “It’s incredible. Together, they totally unleash the full power of symphony orchestra, performing with our musicians as opposed to in front them, and you will definitely hear that in their arrangements that are more akin to the music of John Williams’ film scores as opposed to music of Bach or Haydn.”

“When I hear the symphony come in, it’s a convergence of a lot of feelings,” says Emily Saliers, according to the Indigo Girls website biography ( “First, you can’t believe your good fortune that it’s really happening, and then you’re hit with the power of this enormous, full orchestra coming from behind you. Even when we play by ourselves now, I can’t perform these songs without hearing the orchestra in my head.”

Indigo Girls will take place Friday, June 1, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Stranahan Theater. Tickets are available at or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419-246-8000.

“I hope everyone comes out for this concert. It’s something you have to attend to fully grasp how transformative this new combination of music is,” said Kanney.

For more information, please contact Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony at

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