Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Indiana Singing Hoosiers to perform together

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — For the first time since 1997, two rivals – the Purdue Varsity Glee Club and the Indiana Singing Hoosiers – will become one voice.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our two amazing universities to collaborate on stage and share our love of music,” said William E. Griffel, director of Purdue Musical Organizations and the Purdue Varsity Glee Club. “We are all very excited to work together and showcase these two very talented ensembles.”

The two vocal ensembles will take the stage together at 7 p.m., Feb. 5 in Franklin Central High School’s Mason Auditorium, 6215 South Franklin Road in Indianapolis. Each ensemble will perform independently then join together for a grand finale.

“This will be an event that no one will want to miss,” said Michael Schwartzkopf, professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and music director of the Indiana Singing Hoosiers. “We may be rivals on the fields and on the courts, but music will bring us together in exciting harmony.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through the Purdue Alumni Club of Indianapolis and the Central Indiana Chapter of the IU Alumni Association. Tickets are limited. To order, visit the websites of the Purdue Alumni Club of Indianapolis or the Central Indiana Chapter of the IU Alumni Association.

Attendees can join the student performers of both schools for dinner at 4:30 p.m. in the Franklin Central High School cafeteria. Dinner tickets are $15.

For questions about the performance, contact Kendra Lewis with the Purdue Alumni Association at 317-255-6809 or Courtney Leinenbach with the Indiana University Alumni Association at 812-855-3975.

Founded in 1893, the Purdue Varsity Glee Club is one of six ensembles that comprise Purdue Musical Organizations. Purdue has no school of music and nearly every academic major is represented in the organization.

The Indiana Singing Hoosiers were founded in 1950 and feature collegiate performers from the IU Jacobs School of Music as well as students with a variety of other majors.

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