IU’s Singing Hoosiers will perform its annual “Chimes of Christmas” concert, featuring sacred and secular holiday music, on Dec. 4 with two showings at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
The concert was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Director Chris Albanese said. But this year’s concert reflects on the terrible season the world went through, starting with an a cappella arrangement of “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
Albanese said the performers will gradually make their way to the stage to represent coming back from the past year and the pandemic. The performance is also meant to remember those who have died, both recently and within the past few years.
The performance will include Christmas, Hanukkah and secular songs, Albanese said. The Singing Hoosiers will perform alongside the IU Children’s Choir and the Jacobs School of Music Wind Ensemble. He said there will be around 200 performers total.
“I am just excited to get back in the hall and do this program again,” Albanese said. “It’s such an enjoyable time of the year for us, and I think the opportunity to present a program that just brings people together and just makes people feel good this time of year as the days get shorter and darker, I think we can all use that.”
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will also make an appearance, and the IU Trombone Choir will perform in the lobby before the performance, Albanese said. These are two of the concert’s traditions, along with collaborating with the Wind Ensemble and children’s choir.
Tickets can be purchased through the IU Auditorium’s website. They start at $17, with student and child prices starting at $13.