Purdue glee club to perform in Fort Wayne

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The Purdue University Varsity Glee Club will return to Fort Wayne for a second performance this year on Oct. 26 at the John & Ruth Rhinehart Music Center on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus.

The 65-member male chorus will be joined by members of the Singing Dons from the Fort Wayne campus.

Four members of the ensemble are from the Fort Wayne area. Senior Micah Reynolds, a Concordia High School graduate, plays bass guitar in the back-up ensemble and is son of Douglas and Natalie Reynolds. He’s studying civil engineering.

Senior Stephen Wirtner, a Homestead High School graduate, is studying electrical engineering technology. He’s the son of Greg and Cindy Wirtner.

Sam Simpson is a junior studying mass communications and political science. He graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School and is son of Sam and Virginia Simpson.

Zach Bucher is a junior studying management and accounting. He’s an Adams Central High School graduate and son of Trent and Kelli Bucher.

The Glee Club has served as ambassadors of the university for 125 years. They’ve performed for audiences across the state, the country and around the world with a musical repertoire that ranges from gospel, jazz, swing, religious and contemporary music to romantic ballads, barbershop harmony, folk tunes, patriotic selections and novelty numbers. They also showcase small groups specializing in a variety of popular music.

Over the years, the group has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Crystal Palace and at several presidential inauguration venues in Washington, D.C. Internationally, they’ve sung in Australia, China, South Africa, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom and most recently in Poland and the Baltic States.

Widely known as a world class engineering institution, Purdue does not have a music degree program. Glee club members participate in the club because of their love of music and do not receive academic credit. Their majors range from photography, education, health and fitness, accounting and management to sciences and numerous engineering disciplines.

If you go…

What: Purdue Varsity Glee Club concert

When: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Oct. 26

Where: Rhinehart Music Center, Purdue Fort Wayne campus

Tickets: Tickets are reserve seating. The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for students. Purchase tickets at pfw.edu/tickets