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August 13, 2012

Purdue Musical Organizations continues campus, community arts series

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

"We are thrilled to present another year of exciting music," said PMO director Bill Griffel. "We have some of the most talented students right here in our community, and we're so proud to present their talents to an ever growing audience."

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. 24. 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 6 p.m. Aug. 26 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 Nov. 4, the Purdue Bells, University Choir, Heart & Soul and All Campus & Community Chorale will perform a variety of musical selections. The show will begin at 4:30 p.m. at University Church, located at 320 North St., in West Lafayette.

On March 1, the University Choir and Purdue Bells will perform a collection of show tunes. The show will begin at 7 p.m. at University Church.

On April 21, 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.

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

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