Music students host elementary’s holiday show

Elementary school concerts often take place in echo-ridden gyms and cafeterias, but thanks to some UIndy music majors, the students of IPS School 65 were able to present their annual Winter Program in a venue that’s been called one of the finest in the Midwest.

The adorable K-6 kids and their assembled teachers, parents and friends celebrated the season Tuesday night in Ruth Lilly Performance Hall of UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

The university’s Department of Music has an ongoing relationship with the nearby IPS school, also known as Raymond F. Brandes Elementary. Music education majors under Assistant Professor Brenda Clark frequently work in the Brandes classrooms to gain real-world experience in dealing with young students.

Bringing the students to campus and assisting in their program seemed like a natural step, Clark said. The elegant decor and superior acoustics of the architectural-award-winning performance hall have been praised by top classical performers from around the world.