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Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Performs Benjamin Britten's WAR REQUIEM Tonight

Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Performs Benjamin Britten's WAR REQUIEM Tonight

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir will conclude its 77th season with a one-night performance of Benjamin Britten's choral-orchestral composition War Requiem at 8 p.m. tonight, May 3, 2014 at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind. Among the most challenging musical selections of classical repertoire, the piece rarely is performed due to its musical demands on the performers as well as the expense and resources associated with producing a concert work of this scale.

Joining the Choir for this impressive feat will be the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Children's Choir, Indianapolis Men's Chorus and the Butler University Chorale. Tickets range from $20 to $68 and are available at indychoir.orgor by calling (317) 843-3800.

"Every arts organization develops an artistic brand, a musical identity, defining their home court repertoire," suggests artistic director Eric Stark who will be conducting the War Requiem for the second time in his career. "The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir has built its identity on performing the larger-scale choral-orchestral works that many other arts organizations just can't manage. We do the big war horses such as the Berlioz Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Bach B Minor Mass, and of course we're presenting the War Requiem for the second time in eight years."

As part of the international musical community's celebration of what would be the 100th anniversary of composer Benjamin Britten's birth, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir elected to end its 2013/2014 season with one of the composer's most daunting and moving compositions.

Photos of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir are available in the Press Center at indychoir.org.

About the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is proud to be one of central Indiana's most established and dynamic musical institutions, marking its 77th season in 2013/2014, and underwritten by Season Sponsor BMO Harris Bank. Among the most active symphonic choruses in the nation, the Choir reaches in excess of 25,000 people each season with more than 25 performances and a comprehensive educational outreach program. The 190 volunteer singers demonstrate the Choir's commitment to musical excellence through their talent and dedication during each 42-week season. The choral partner of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Choir was founded in 1937 at the ISO's request to perform the great choral-orchestral repertoire. This continued partnership exhibits the very best of collaborative ideals - two independent arts organizations combining their strengths to create beautifully lasting musical results. The Choir is dedicated to excellence in the performance of choral music, the creation of new choral masterworks, and to community outreach and education throughout the community. The Choir is now in its fifth year as the official choral partner of the Indianapolis Public Schools, providing teacher training, educational resources, performance experiences and free printed music. For more information about the Symphonic Choir, visit www.indychoir.org.


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