Annual holiday concert ‘an all-new show’

Ask Singing Hoosiers director Steve Zegree about this year’s “Chimes of Christmas” holiday concert, and he’ll remain pretty tight-lipped.

“It’s an all-new show, completely different from any past ‘Chimes’ show,” he told Art at IU via email, not giving even a teensy hint of what updates the annual Bloomington tradition holds for audiences this year, only adding: “The Singing Hoosiers are looking forward to sharing their new music, and it will truly be a fun and entertaining evening!”

Spoiler alert: He’s right. If you’ve never been, the show is fun and will leave you humming Christmas tunes when you leave. (Lest you think I’m exposing anything with the above video, it’s from last year’s show. I just loved this arrangement, and thought it might help you get into that whole holiday spirit thing a little early.)

The Dec. 11 concert brings the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers to the IU Auditorium stage, with Zegree acting as host for the evening. Other participants are the Brent Wallarab Big Band, the IU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the IU Children’s Chorus, area youth choir Syncopation, IU adjunct lecturer and jazz singer Ly Wilder and Distinguished Professor of Music Tim Noble as special guest star.

Tickets are still available for the 7:30 p.m. concert. Additional details are available online.

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