- 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.