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Indianapolis Symphonic Choir's Mood Indigo

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Michael Davis conducts the Chamber Singers at the Indiana Landmarks Center.
  • Michael Davis conducts the Chamber Singers at the Indiana Landmarks Center.

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, represented by the 20-member Chamber Singers conducted by Michael Davis, kicked off its 2013-14 season with a cabaret-style performance that channeled both the Robert Shaw Chorale with its homogeneity of tone, elegant phrasing, rhythmic vitality and quietly nuanced balance - and the smooth sound of Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians.

Notable were "On the Street Where You Live," in an up-tempo ragtime mode, and the sonorous ballad "Long Ago and Far Away." Humor reigned with a playful radio script segment built around the lyrics of Paul Simon's "Cecelia," and a smile inducing "The Very Thought of You" with Gary Walters on piano.

The show ended with Chorale members leaving the stage to create a surround-sound effect throughout the acoustically lovely Cook Theatre, set up with cabaret tables and indigo candle holders.

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