Stage diagrams, program designs and edits, ticket order phone calls, lighting cue sheets, emails up to the corncob pipe and button nose, minute-by-minute show order, and multiple production meetings are not typically what people think of when they are getting into the holiday spirit. In fact, most of those things don’t cross the average person’s mind at all during the holiday season, or any other time during the year. Feel free to call the staff at the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir “unusual” (…though, I prefer “extraordinary”), but those aforementioned items, along with a multitude of other Festival of Carols production details, have been a daily and weekly reality since the middle of June.
Festival of Carols is the biggest series of performances that the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir presents during its typical concert season. In fact, this concert cycle accounts for three-quarters of the entire season’s ticket sales – you might think of Festival of Carols as akin to a ballet company’s Nutcracker or a theater’s annual productions of A Christmas Carol.
This year the Symphonic Choir performs 15 pieces of music at Festival of Carols, and with 135 singers, that adds up to 2,025 pieces of music on stage. (Not to mention the tens of thousands of notes being sung).
Note: this doesn’t include music for the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, soprano soloist Maria Jette, Butler’s all-male ensemble “Out of The Dawg House,” nor the two Spotlight Choirs (Franklin Central High School & Fishers High School), or even Eric Stark’s conductor scores, so tack on another 1,000 pieces of music for a more accurate count.
By the time all Festival of Carols performances are done on December 22, some 5,000 patrons will have created new holiday memories for kids from 1 to 92. And now in its 77th season, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir is proud to say that the long-standing run of Festival of Carols has become one of the most popular holiday events in the state of Indiana.
The Symphonic Choir’s annual Festival of Carols performances are at the Scottish Rite Cathedral and The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. For more information and tickets, please click here.