Music as Medicine 

Leslie A. Bailey

After the joy of time spent with friends and family over the holidays has passed and the excitement of a fresh new year has come and gone, many of us are hit with a classic case of winter blues.  But did you know that in addition to reducing anxiety and the physical effects of stress, music can also reduce symptoms of depression?

So before you pull the covers over your head until the ground thaws, consider this line up of musical events to get your toes tapping and hands clapping.

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra: Domination and Defiance

The theme of the night is Domination and Defiance (take that, Old Man Winter!) featuring flautist Amy Porter in Michael Daugherty’s Trail of Tears, Beethoven’s lighthearted Symphony No. 8 in F major, and Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a.

7:30 p.m., January 25, tickets $25, Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis, (317) 940-9607,

Leslie Odom, Jr. with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy a night of jazz standards and Broadway hits from Grammy winner Leslie Odom, Jr., best known for his Tony Award-winning role of Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway's “Hamilton.”

8 p.m., January 31 to February 1, 2020, Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, (317) 639-4300,

Dancing with the Stars: Live! - We Came to Dance

Experience live the professional dancing, exquisite costumes and excitement that appears every Monday night on ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars.”

7:30 PM, February 6, tickets start at $29.50, Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., (317) 231-0000,

Saturday Night Fever

This energetic musical based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s 1977 film “Saturday Night Fever” captures the power of disco-mania in New York City while showcasing chart-breaking hits of the Bee Gees.

Showtimes vary, February 6 - March 29, tickets start at $47.50, Beef and Boards, 9301 Michigan Road, (317) 872-9664,