Thousands of Indiana residents and visitors will be on hand to see live performances by entertainers chosen to perform in Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 on Nov. 23. The free event will take place on Monument Circle.
Exciting acts will perform on the Bank of America stage during the pre-show from 6 – 7 p.m. and the live, televised show from 7 – 8 p.m. The acts were chosen from hundreds of entertainers.
Special guest, Josh Kaufman, host of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s IPL Yuletide Celebration will headline the show. Indianapolis-based Expressenz, a World of Dance finalist, will also perform. Local performers include Hearts Ablaze cloggers from Greenfield; soloist Lydia Tremaine from Huntertown; a capella group Impromptu from Indianapolis, soloist McKenna Hall from Shelbyville (along with Broadway in Indianapolis’ Grinch) and One Voice choir from Indianapolis. All entertainers donate their time and talent for the Circle of Lights® show.
Indianapolis native Josh Kaufman is the 2014 winner of The Voice andstarred in Broadway’s Pippin in 2014/15. He is this year’s host of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s IPL Yuletide Celebration. Additionally, he has performed on NBC’s Today show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, at Usher’s 15th Anniversary Celebration of his New Look Foundation and more. His music draws from a range of styles including funk, jazz, pop and rock.
Expressenz Dance Center was founded in 2008 by director/owner Karla Curatolo. Its mission is to enhance the love of dance to all individuals, regardless of ability, while providing quality training, structure and cultivate expression to all who desire excellence in dance. Expressenz was most recently featured on the hit NBC television show World of Dance. Seven dancers will take the stage at the IPL Yuletide Celebration and Circle of Lights.
Hearts Ablaze is a 27-person clogging group ranging in age from 11 – 33 from a Christian studio located in Greenfield/Hancock County, directed by fifth-grade teacher Crystal Corwin-Howard. The group has performed around the Midwest at festivals, shows, street fairs and the Tunes and Tales program in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Hearts Ablaze competes in at least three competitions a year and performed in the 2014 and 2016 Circle of Lights. The girls come from five different school districts.
Lydia Tremaine, age 23, is the reigning Miss Indiana from Huntertown. She has won more than 20 vocal awards and also plays the piano. She won the talent portion of the Miss America competition. She will start at Trine University next fall to study education and minor in music.
Impromptu is a group of eight A Cappella singers from Indianapolis (and Ball State graduates) that have been together for a year. The group won VoiceJam 2018 and placed second in the Varsity Vocals AcaOpen Midwest Semifinals. They sang in Taiwan at the Vocal Asia Festival. Members of the group work in medical billing, teaching and tech, but all aspire to sing professionally.
McKenna Hall is from Shelbyville and is a junior at Shelbyville High School. She is the dance captain of her show choir, student council president and participates in marching band, quiz league, French club, drama club and musicals. Hall plays the oboe, English horn, clarinet, ukulele and guitar. She plans to pursue music and aspires to be a musician.
One Voice is an adult community choir that was formed in Indianapolis in October 2017. Members range in age from 18 – 65 and come from all parts of the greater Indianapolis area. Retired IPS music teacher Cindy Harthorn is the musical director, and most in this group are her past students. Many of the members of One Voice are involved in other musical activities, which include singing in a barbershop quartet, performing in local theater productions, directing and singing in church choirs and membership in an international-award-winning A Capella ensemble.