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November 14, 2012

Avon resident to perform in Festival of Carols

Avon's own Gwen Swart, a member of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, will sing in the choir's annual Christmas performance, Festival of Carols.

The 150-voice choir will feature arrangements of holiday classics and be joined by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Circle City Ringers handbell choir, and the Butler University Men's a capella group.

The performances will welcome the holiday season at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Ballroom at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis and 8 p.m. Dec. 22 in the Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel.

Tickets range from $20 to $38 and may be purchased online at www.indychoir.org.

"We're pulling out all the stops this Christmas," Artistic Director Eric Stark said in a press release. "Not only do the performances feature 150 singers from the Symphonic Choir, but we're also joined by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Circle City Ringers handbell choir, and the Butler University men's a cappella group 'Out of the Dawg House.' It will be a performance to remember."

Festival of Carols performances feature arrangements of "Joy to the World," "Away in a Manger," and the "Hallelujah" chorus, in addition to other pieces as performed by 150 members of the Symphonic Choir. As part of the choir's educational programming, the Greenfield Central High School Madrigal Singers will perform side-by-side with the symphonic choir singers on three pieces at both performances.

Acknowledging the institution's innovative patron experience initiative, Executive Director Michael Pettry said, "Christmas carols are timeless. The symphonic choir's performances provide the chance to create new holiday memories like few other arts organizations can deliver. From carolers in the lobbies with cocoa and cookies, to lighter moments and dramatic climaxes throughout the show, I'd wager the symphonic choir's holiday performances are among the best in the entire state."

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