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Chimes of Christmas: A Bloomington holiday tradition

One of the surest signs that Christmas is on the way in Bloomington is "Chimes of Christmas," an Indiana University holiday tradition presented by the Jacobs School of Music annually at IU Auditorium.

"Chimes" will be performed Dec. 10 (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. and will feature all 125 members of the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers, conducted by Michael Schwartzkopf. The program also will feature the IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Christopher Ludwa; the IU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Stephen W. Pratt; and the IU Trombone Choir, conducted by Carl Lenthe.

This event is one of the most popular of Bloomington's holiday celebrations and showcases a wide variety of traditional Christmas songs and spirituals.

Chimes of Christmas

"Chimes of Christmas"

"'Chimes of Christmas' is something that every member of the Singing Hoosiers and I look forward to every year," said Schwartzkopf. "This year's concert, like all others before, will have something for everyone in the entire family. It will contain many holiday favorites as well as some beautiful and sometimes dazzling new selections from all of the participants. It is always my pleasure as the director to present a concert for the community and university that for many is the start of the holiday season."

"This is a treasured tradition for many Bloomington residents," said Doug Booher, director of IU Auditorium. "The show includes classic Christmas favorites like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Silent Night" as well as some great new songs. We also hope that Santa will be able to make a stop at the auditorium again this year."

"Chimes of Christmas" is a family-friendly event with discounts for children. Audience members are asked to bring cans of food that will be donated to the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

Tickets for "Chimes" are available at the Auditorium Box office, by phone at (812) 855-1103 and online at http://www.iuauditorium.com/new0809/index.html. The show is sponsored by WTIU, IU Credit Union, and Tutto Bene. Season sponsors are Curry Auto Center, B97, the Herald-Times, IU Document Service Centers and IU Residential Programs and Services.

General public tickets range from $13-$19 and $11-$14 for children 12 and under and IU-Bloomington students. For more information about "Chimes of Christmas," as well as other upcoming shows, visit http://www.iuauditorium.com/new0809/index.html or call (812) 855-1103.