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Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Presents A Festival of Carols

By Melody Schubert @USATM
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Presents A Festival of Carols
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir are preparing for the annual tradition presentation of a Festival of Carols. Tickets for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s annual holiday performances are on sale now, with performances beginning this weekend.
The upcoming performances of Festival of Carols feature the 200-voice Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, which is among the largest and oldest choruses in the nation, and will be 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. 
“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!”
Order your Tickets To The Festival of Carols
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is honored to be one of the nation’s established and dynamic musical institutions. The Choir reaches in excess of 25,000 people each season with more than 25 performances and a comprehensive educational outreach program. For news about the Symphonic Choir and to order your tickets for upcoming performances visit the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir website.

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