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Last modified: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

'Chimes of Christmas' ushering in the holiday season

WHAT: Chimes of Christmas, an annual holiday concert
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7
WHERE: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St.
TICKETS: $11 to $15 for IU Bloomington students with a valid ID and for children and $14 to $20 for the general public, on sale now. Individual tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, as well as through, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The IU Auditorium Box Office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nov. 15, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The winter season kicks off with Chimes of Christmas, the annual holiday concert featuring the IU Jacobs School of Music's Grammy Award-nominated vocal ensemble the Singing Hoosiers, the IU Wind Ensemble and the Trombone Choir. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at IU Auditorium.

The Jacobs School of Music's three ensembles performing in Chimes showcase the talent of students and professors throughout Indiana University. The Singing Hoosiers, directed by Michael Schwartzkopf, have performed in multiple states and countries and made appearances with legendary entertainers such as Bob Hope and Tony Bennett. The Wind Ensemble, directed by Stephen W. Pratt, has performed many times at national and international venues, including appearances at the American Bandmasters Association national convention and the Japan Bandmasters Association convention.

The Trombone Choir, this fall led by Blake Schlabach and Jared Rodin, will welcome guests with its traditional prelude serenade, and the Singing Hoosiers and the Wind Ensemble will perform seasonal numbers including classic tunes such as "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "I Saw Three Ships" and "Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria)." The IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, conducted by profesor Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman, will perform pop song "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

The audience will enjoy dance routines performed by the Varsity Singers as they enhance the presentation of such musical pieces as "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and "Winter Wonderland of Snow." Other favorites will include "White Christmas," "Deck the Halls" and "The Carol of the Drum." Attendees will also join the Wind Ensemble and the Singing Hoosiers in the traditional Christmas carols and hear the two ensembles combine for "Hallelujah" from Handel's Messiah. Santa's annual appearance will delight children and adults alike.

"Chimes of Christmas sincerely captures the grandeur of the holiday spirit," said Doug Booher, director of IU Auditorium. "This joyous concert with both remarkable musicianship and showmanship warms the audience with feelings of merriment and community."

For more information on Chimes of Christmas and the rest of the 2011-12 season, visit The website features video clips and a selection of songs from this season's performances, in addition to a direct link to the IU Auditorium Facebook page and Twitter page, whose followers receive exclusive benefits throughout the year.

Chimes of Christmas at IU Auditorium is sponsored by Walnut Grove Spring Water and IU Foundation. IU Auditorium's 2011-12 season is presented by Curry Auto Center, B97, The Herald-Times and IU Residential Programs and Services.