“Rejoice!,” Butler University’s annual musical gift to the Indianapolis community, will be offered at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 at Clowes Memorial Hall.
Admission is free, but tickets are required. They’re available at the box office or by calling 940-6444 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There is a limit of four tickets per person, but groups can call 940-9065 to make special arrangements.
This year’s concert — the 28th annual Rejoice! — will feature six Butler vocal groups performing a selection as varied as the John Rutter “Gloria,” featuring Christ Church Cathedral organist Simon Thomas Jacobs, and Out of the Dawghouse’s a cappella version of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
“This year’s Rejoice! draws from a number of holiday traditions, including the Anglican tradition of lessons and carols, classic Americana, and contemporary popular Christmas tunes,” Greg Sanders, the concert’s producer, said in a press release. “There will be something for everyone.”
Other selections will include the Butler University Chorale performing the thorny “Twelfth Night” of Samuel Barber and a hauntingly beautiful setting of “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Minnesota composer Abbie Betinis. The Butler University Choir will perform Edward Elgar’s “The Snow,” and the Butler Chamber Choir will continue the centenary celebration of Benjamin Britten with selections of his “Ceremony of Carols” for treble voices and harp.
The choral ensembles will combine to perform a Christmas “mash-up” of “The Rose/Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and the classic “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
There will also be audience participation with sing-alongs of several traditional carols.