The Purdue Varsity Glee Club will share gospel, novelty tunes, patriotic standards and more at a concert in Fort Wayne.
The men’s group will perform at 7 p.m Saturday, April 1, at Mirro Center for Research &Innovation, on the Parkview Regional Health campus on Dupont Road. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased at the door or at purdue.edu/pmo/calendar; click on April 1. There is no designated seating.
The IPFW Singing Dons men’s chorus also will perform. The ensemble focuses on a capella and jazz music.
Five of the 55-member Glee Club are Fort Wayne area students. Senior Adam Simpson is studying actuarial science and applied statistics. His brother Sam, a freshman, is studying social studies education. They are Bishop Dwenger High School graduates and the sons of Virginia and Samuel Simpson. Junior Sam Hathaway, Woodlan High School graduate and son of Linda and Steve Hathaway, is studying building construction management technology. Freshman Zach Bucher is a graduate of Adams Central High School in Bluffton and son of Trent and Kelli Bucher. He is working toward a degree in engineering. William Murray, son of John and Teresa Murray, is a graduate of Huntington North High School. He is a sophomore studying cyber security.
The men of the vocal ensemble have served as ambassadors of the university for more than 115 years. Their musical repertoire ranges from gospel, jazz, swing, religious and contemporary music to romantic ballads, barbershop harmony, folk tunes, patriotic selections and novelty numbers. They will also showcase small groups specializing in varied popular music.
The Glee Club presents more than 60 concerts a year. The group has performed during spring break in Florida and California, has presented concerts in Carnegie Hall in New York City, several presidential inauguration venues in Washington, D.C., and internationally in Australia, China, South Africa, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom. They will tour Poland and the Baltic States this May.
Purdue University, a respected engineering institution, does not offer a music degree program. Glee Club members are studying such majors as photography, education, health and fitness, accounting, management, sciences and numerous engineering disciplines.