Sounds of Winter concerts raise funds for arts center


Is the winter weather keeping you inside with nothing to do? Then let the upcoming Sounds of Winter concert series change that.

The first of two performances sponsored by Southern Indiana Center for the Arts will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Seymour High School auditorium.

Tickets to the shows are $15 each or $25 to attend both and may be purchased at the arts center, 2001 N. Ewing St. in Seymour, or at the door the nights of the shows. Proceeds from the concerts will go to help support classes, programs, art shows and exhibits at the arts center.

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“We had to cancel the Artful Affair last year, which is our big fundraiser, so we thought this could be one of the ways we recoup some of that funding,” said SICA director Darnell Dukes.

Although several people purchased tickets to give as Christmas gifts, Dukes said ticket sales haven’t been as good as she had anticipated.

“We’d like to sell out so that we can do this again next winter,” she said.

She came up with the idea after hearing several people talk about how there used to be local concerts people could go to in the winter.

“We decided it would be a good opportunity to provide to the community during a time when you can’t go out and do other things,” she said. “Also, we’ve done very well with our Friday Night Live concerts in the spring and Seymour CityJam concerts in the summer.”

Taking the stage in January will be Sounds of Dreams, a local 17-piece ensemble playing the “big band” and jazz sounds of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee and more contemporary artists such as Norah Jones and Michael Buble.

Sounds of Dreams was formed in May 2007 and is comprised of members from four area musical groups: Elements of Jazz, a five-piece jazz combo with vocalists; Schoolhouse 4+3, a German and Dixieland band that has been together for more than 30 years; Trumpet Fore, a trumpet quartet; and the Columbus City Band.

The band’s objective is to keep the musical sounds of past time periods alive, according to its website.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 27, Sounds of Summer will heat up the stage with its Beach Boys tribute show.

The band consists of North Vernon natives David Ertel, Connor Ertel, Eric Wernke and Matt Thompson. The members formed the tribute band in 2012.

They knew each other growing up in North Vernon and became close friends through being in bands in high school and college.

Both bands have a strong following in Jackson County, having played at several local events, and a great sound, Dukes said.

“It was just a coincidence that they both were Sounds of bands, but it worked well as a theme,” she said.

By attending an indoor winter concert, Dukes said people can enjoy the music without having to worry about bringing their own chairs, the sun getting in their eyes or the weather being too hot, too cold or too rainy.

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What: Sounds of Winter concert series, sponsored by Southern Indiana Center for the Arts

Where: Seymour High School auditorium

When: 7 p.m. Jan 30 will feature the Sounds of Dreams playing big band and jazz music of today and yesterday; 7 p.m. Feb. 27 will be the Sounds of Summer, a Beach Boys tribute band.

Cost: Tickets are $15 per person per concert or $25 per person for both concerts. They are available by calling 812-522-2278 or visiting the center at 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour. They also can be purchased at the door the nights of the shows.

Information: 812-522-2278 or


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