Purdue Varsity Glee Club kicks year off with annual 'First Nighter' performance

August 18, 2014  

Purdue University Varsity Glee Club

Purdue University Varsity Glee Club 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Varsity Glee Club will start the new academic year with a free performance in Elliott Hall of Music on Aug. 29.

The annual "First Nighter" concert, a tradition that dates back many years, is the first opportunity to see this year's Glee Club in action. The Glee Club will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

"It is always a privilege to direct such a talented group of musicians," said Bill Griffel, Purdue Musical Organizations director.

This annual concert has become a tradition for the Glee Club and fans alike. The concert had been held in the Purdue Memorial Union for many years. However, demand for seats far exceeded the space available, and the show was moved to the Elliott Hall of Music in 2013.

The Glee Club performs a vast repertoire of musical styles, including barbershop, gospel, vocal jazz, contemporary hits and classical choral selections.

"We look forward to this performance each year," Griffel said. "The energy from the audience is unmatched and for many in attendance, this is the most anticipated show of the year."

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, Purdue Musical Organizations, 765-496-6091, sschlenk@purdue.edu

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