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Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Prepares For Festival Of Carols
Updated November 7, 2017 6:23 AM | Filed under: Event
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Tickets for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir's annual holiday performances of Festival of Carols are on sale now. Due to the celebration's popularity, and following sell-out runs in the past four years, the 2017 performances will again feature five concerts.

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir celebrates their 81st season in 2017/2018, welcoming the holidays this year at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University (Sunday, December 3 at 7 p.m.) and the Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel (Friday, December 15 at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 16 at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 16 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m.).

Tickets range from $21-$46 and may be purchased at indychoir.org or by calling the Palladium box office at (317) 843-3800. All ages are encouraged to attend the family-friendly show. Student tickets are available for a special price of only $15.

The 2017 performances of Festival of Carols feature the 200-voice Indianapolis Symphonic Choir (among the largest and oldest choruses in the nation) joined by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. This year, Festival of Carols also features two Spotlight Choirs: Center Grove High School, performing at the Schrott Center, and Avon High School performing at the Palladium. The Spotlight Choir series works to benefit high school choral music programs and achieve a balanced, complete education for young people.

Although the Symphonic Choir is best known for performing classical music, Festival of Carols features a selection of fan-favorite and traditional holiday music performed by chorus and orchestra. Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley will join the 2017 lineup at all five performances as a special guest soloist. Ripley is no stranger to Indiana; she attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and performed professionally for the first time at the Red Barn Summer Theatre in Frankfort, Ind. before receiving both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

"Words barely capture the excitement I have with a star-studded cast like this for our 2017 Festival of Carols performances," shares Artistic Director Eric Stark. "With a Tony Award-winning singer like Alice, combined plus full chorus and orchestra, the magic of the holiday season leaps off of the stage and into our audience's hearts and memories."

"The Symphonic Choir's Christmas concerts have grown significantly, especially in the past 5 years," states Executive Director Michael Pettry. "Part of the concert series' growth stems from our strategy of using radio and television broadcasts, CDs, iTunes and other media to expand our audience reach. At the same time, it really comes down to the beauty and joy of holiday music that draws audiences to the performance. There's nothing else like it!"

Festival of Carols is made possible by presenting sponsor Stock Yards Bank & Trust.

For performance details, audio preview links, photos and ticket information, visit indychoir.org.



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