Purdue Musical Organizations unveils campus, community arts series

August 17, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Musical Organizations this year will present "Embrace the Sound," an arts series featuring five performances, which are free and open to the public.

"The vast majority of our performances are off campus and on the road," said PMO director Bill Griffel. "This arts series will allow us to perform a wide variety of music for our most supportive fans, right here on campus and in our community."

Purdue University's Varsity Glee Club will kick-off the series as it welcomes students back to campus during the annual "First Nighter" concert on Aug. 26. Sponsored by PMO and the Purdue Student Union Board, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and seating is limited.

PMO will present "Picnic with the Purduettes" at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 at Slayter Center for the Performing Arts.

"We hope everyone will bring a blanket and a friend and join us on Slayter Hill for an evening of song," Griffel said.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, the Purdue Bells, University Choir, Heart & Soul and All Campus & Community Chorale will perform a collection of patriotic pieces. The show will begin at 4:30 p.m. at University Church, 320 North St., in West Lafayette.

On Friday, March 2, the Purduettes and Heart & Soul will perform songs with an inspirational message. The show will begin at 7 p.m. at University Church.

On Sunday, April 22, the Purdue Bells, University Choir, Heart & Soul and All Campus & Community Chorale will conclude the series with a performance at 4:30 p.m. at University Church.

"We will end our inaugural arts series by celebrating music from our entire season," Griffel said. "This will be the final PMO performance for many of our seniors, and it will feature some of their favorite repertoire from their experiences with our program."

More than 250 students perform with PMO annually. Purdue has no school of music, so nearly every academic major is represented in the organization.

Writer: Steve Schlenk, (765) 496-6091, sschlenk@purdue.edu

Bill Griffel, (765) 494-3941, wgriffel@purdue.edu