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Singing Hoosiers to present first Spring Concert with new director at IU Auditorium

WHAT: Singing Hoosiers Spring Concert
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23
WHERE: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St
TICKETS: $15 to $20 for adults; $5 for all students. Tickets may be purchased online at auditorium.com, in person at the Auditorium box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, or charged by phone at 800-745-3000. The box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
VIDEO: Watch the trailer for the Spring Concert.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Singing Hoosiers will perform their first spring concert with new director Steve Zegree at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the IU Auditorium.

The 63rd annual family friendly spring event will open with a unique number written, arranged, produced and choreographed by members of the group, followed by compositions of Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Billy Joel, Mozart and others, showcasing up-tempo choreography and a high-energy style.

"The students have written, arranged, produced, choreographed and costumed two production medleys that are not only funny and clever, but musically represent all styles and genres," said Zegree, Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music in his first year on the Jacobs School of Music faculty. "I am extremely proud of the talent and dedication of the students in the group. The concert will include a combination of traditional Singing Hoosiers repertoire plus new music they've never before performed."

The Hoosiers will be joined by the IU African American Choral Ensemble on a piece composed and conducted by its director, Raymond Wise -- a visiting faculty member who is world renowned as a gospel writer, performer and director.

The two groups will then perform a piece co-composed and conducted by new Jacobs faculty member Ly Wilder, adjunct lecturer in jazz voice and Singing Hoosiers assistant director.

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" -- guest conducted by former director Michael Schwartzkopf -- in which Singing Hoosier alumni will join the current ensemble on stage, will be a special highlight of the show.

Reserved seating tickets are $15 to $20 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call the IU Auditorium Box Office at 812-855-1103, Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or visit iuauditorium.com.

Watch the video trailer for the concert.

About the Singing Hoosiers

An 84-member ensemble, the Singing Hoosiers feature collegiate performers from the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as well as students from a variety of other majors at IU Bloomington, ranging from biology to political science.

The group performs several concerts a year, both on the IU campus and around the world. This year, the Hoosiers have traveled throughout the state of Indiana performing concerts in high schools and auditoriums. They also sing in Jacobs School opera and oratorio productions and at Big Ten basketball games.

The Singing Hoosiers have appeared with such legendary entertainers as Bob Hope, Alan Sherman, Red Buttons, Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, Timothy Noble and Hoagy Carmicahel. They have also performed with several professional symphony orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops.

The ensemble has entertained millions in 18 states and more than 27 countries, including Europe, Australia, China and the Caribbean. It has been featured in several PBS specials -- including a Christmas special with Mel Torme -- and has recorded "The Magical Music of Disney," "Hollywood's Greatest Musicals" and "Magical Musicals" CDs.