26 Thursday / September 26, 2019

26th Annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival

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Multiple venues in downtown Bloomington

Save the date for the 26th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival as it returns to the heart of Bloomington, Indiana, September 26-29, 2019.  We look forward to our 26th year of filling the downtown streets with an eclectic blend of global sound and spectacle.
For more than two decades, the non-profit Lotus Education and Arts Foundation has transformed downtown Bloomington into an exuberant world of music for one blissful, boisterous September weekend, in addition to providing a full range of multicultural music and art programming throughout the year. The Festival features a mix of ticketed evening events and plenty of free programming for the entire family to enjoy.
From outdoor dance tents to contemplative church venues and historic theaters, and from the kid-friendly Lotus in the Park to art exhibitions and a swirling street scene, the Lotus vibe is one of exuberant energy, vivid colors, and delectably diverse soundscapes.

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26 Thursday / September 26, 2019

Bloomington Chamber Singers 50th Anniversary Gala

06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Woolery Mill

The Bloomington Chamber Singers has been delighting local audiences and musicians since 1970. Using choral music to bring people together and explore complex topics, this auditioned choir of 50 singers has performed works from seven centuries and around the world under the direction of Dr. Gerald Sousa.

On September 26, 2019, BCS will kick off their 50th anniversary year with a gala fundraiser at the Woolery Mill at 6:00 pm. Bloom Magazine’s Malcolm Abrams will be the master of ceremonies, including a plethora of beautiful music featuring the choir and special guest Sylvia McNair. Celebrations of the choir’s half-century history will include reflections on alumni memories, concert programs, stories, and more.

In addition to music by Leonard Bernstein, Dolly Parton, Ola Gjeilo, Billy Joel, Johannes Brahms, and others, guests will enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, a fun silent auction, and good company among friends and alumni from the past 50 years.

Tickets are $50 and tables for eight are $300. All funds raised will support BCS’s continuing work to provide opportunities for performance, education, and community service for the Bloomington area through the experience of wonderful choral music. This year’s season of concerts includes:
• Our Favorite Things on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 pm at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church: a look back at some of the singers’ favorite songs from the choir’s five decades of repertoire, plus a few new favorites
• Considering Matthew Shepard on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater: a “fusion oratorio” by composer Craig Hella Johnson, reflecting on the life and legacy of Matthew Shepard, who was killed in a hate crime in 1998

In addition to the mainstage concert season, BCS provides community outreach, including two community sing-alongs of Handel’s Messiah (Part I on December 15; Part II on April 5), holiday caroling at the Bloomington Holiday Market and Meadowood Retirement Community, and free daytime pop-up performances for local elementary schools and community groups.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit chambersingers.info. All are welcome! Please reserve tickets by September 12.

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