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Indiana University Kokomo Crescendos and Diminuendos to perform spring concert

May 1, 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. – For the first time, the Indiana University Kokomo Crescendos and Diminuendos show choirs will perform one of the most popular shows in musical history, "The Music of Les Miserables."

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Performances will be at 7 p.m. Saturday (May 5) and 2 p.m. Sunday (May 6) in IU Kokomo's newly renovated Havens Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public.

The show is set during the 1832 June Rebellion in France, and will be presented in the 10th anniversary format, often seen on PBS.

Rick Alexander, Crescendos director, is amazed at how far the choir has come since it started three semesters ago, with only eight members.

Now with 80 vocalists, the Crescendos recently formed an a cappella group of 16 singers, called the Diminuendos. Many of those singers hold the 15 lead roles in "The Music of Les Miserables," which is a full costume show with narration.

Alexander said it continues to grow because they are out there in the community, performing and having fun.

"Each week the choir gets better. They push themselves to become better singers, and I think the audience will be astonished at the sound," he said. "This musical has challenged all the students and improved their skills and abilities. It is a great thing to witness."

The group will also perform a special show at St. Andrew Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11.

IU Kokomo students may participate in the Crescendos for class credit or as a club. Community members may join for a small fee. Practices are 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information contact Alexander at rickalex@iuk.edu or 765-513-5271, or President Johnathan Fletcher at jofletch@iuk.edu.

Story written by Mary Olk. Mary is a junior majoring in communication arts and works in the Office of Media & Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/19/2014