Thousands of Indiana residents and visitors will be on hand to see live performances by entertainers chosen to perform in the Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW 481 on Nov. 29. The free event will take place on Monument Circle.
Exciting acts will perform 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, Frankie Moreno, host of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s IPL Yuletide Celebration will headline the show. The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus will also perform. Local performers include En Pointe Indiana Ballet from Indianapolis; soloist Cora Kendall from Greentown; a capella group Impromptu from Indianapolis, Down to Funk band from Bloomington and One Voice choir from Indianapolis. All entertainers donate their time and talent for the Circle of Lights® show.
Frankie Moreno has six Top Ten albums, an Emmy nomination, more than one-million record sales worldwide and was named Las Vegas “Headliner of the Year.”He is this year’s host of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s IPL Yuletide Celebration. Additionally, Moreno performed “Tangerine Honey” on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and is writing and recording new music constantly.
The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus entertains, educates and promotes inclusive community through musical excellence. The IMC is a volunteer chorus that gracefully interprets everything from classical, spiritual, Broadway and world music with agility and spirit. Under the artistic direction of Greg Sanders, the IMC is celebrating an era of renewed growth. The current roster includes more than 65 singers, while 15 men ranging in age from 19 – 42 will perform at Circle of Lights.
En Pointe Indiana Ballet is a 34-person dance group ranging in age from 5 – 26 from an Indianapolis studio that opened in 2016, directed by Adrienne Atkins. En Pointe Indiana Ballet has five students in the pre-professional program that have moved here to train with world class instructors. Most of the students aspire to become professional dancers or attend collegiate dance programs. Half of the dancers in this performance train in ballet approximately 40 hours per week
Cora Kendall, age 15, is a sophomore at Eastern High School in Greentown. She performs in her school swing choir, is on the swim team and acts in the school drama club. She also leads her youth worship band. Kendall has performed at the Indiana State Fair and musicals including Cinderella, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Hello Dolly. She won the Howard County Jr. Queen Pageant in 2019. Kendall’s dream is to be on Broadway.
Down to Funk is an eight-person band comprised of Indiana University Bloomington students. All are also a part of the IU Soul Revue Ensemble. Members performing include Jubilee Brademberger, Kayla Behforouz and Jerome Stenson on vocals; Tim Hansen on electric guitar; Chris Durham on bass; Pat Wailes on alto saxophone; Garett Dwyer on auxiliary percussion and Kimeon Sumler on drums/music director.
Impromptu is a group of eight A Cappella singers from Indianapolis (and Ball State graduates) that have been together for two years. 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. This will be the group’s second year performing at Circle of Lights.
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. The group will entertain the crowd during commercial breaks during the 7 – 8 p.m. show.