Purdue Musical Organizations to take Purdue spirit to Europe this month

May 2, 2013  


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Purdue Musical Organizations, including the Varsity Glee Club, will soon embark on a two-week performance tour throughout Europe. PMO is presenting a free concert featuring repertoire from the tour at 6:00 p.m. on May 9 at University Church, located at 320 North Street in West Lafayette. (Photo provided by Purdue Musical Organizations)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - More than 120 Purdue Musical Organizations students will soon embark on a two-week performance tour of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and France.

The Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Purduettes, Purdue Bells and 38 PMO Club supporters will depart campus on May 14. This will be the first time three PMO ensembles will travel overseas together.

"What a wonderful opportunity we have to represent Purdue, our state and nation throughout Europe," said Bill Griffel, director of Purdue Musical Organizations. "This is the first overseas tour for the Purduettes and Purdue Bells, and the 10th European tour for the Glee Club.''

During the tour, which lasts through May 28, the students will collaborate with local choirs during four major concerts and numerous impromptu performances.

"The Purduettes are scheduled to sing at St. Stephen's Cathedral, a Vienna landmark for more than 1,000 years," said Griffel. "The Glee Club has also accepted an invitation to sing Sunday Mass at the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral."

PMO and the Purdue Alumni Association are hosting an event at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich the evening of May 20 for Purdue alumni living in Europe. Other highlights from the tour include visits to Vienna's Central Cemetery; Schönbrunn Palace; Melk Abbey; Salzburg's salt mines; Mount Pilatus; the Louvre Museum; the Eiffel Tower; and Neuschwanstein, the palace for which Disney's Cinderella Castle was modeled.

 "We will end our tour with a performance at the Normandy American Cemetery on Memorial Day," said Griffel. "We have been invited to participate in a special ceremony during our visit, and we are very proud and humbled by the opportunity to honor our fallen heroes."

To kick off the tour, the public is invited to attend a free concert on Thursday (May 9) featuring repertoire from the tour. The performance will begin at 6 p.m. at University Church, 320 North Street in West Lafayette.

To see photos from the tour as it progresses, connect with Purdue Musical Organizations on Facebook by visiting http://www.facebook.com/PurduePMO or on Twitter by visiting http://www.twitter.com/PurduePMO

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

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

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