Monday, November 22, 2010

Performers ready to entertain thousands at Circle of Lights® presented by The Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 S

Thousands of Central Indiana residents and visitors will be on hand to see live performances by several entertainers who were chosen to perform in the FREE 48th annual Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481event held on Monument Circle in Indianapolis Nov. 26.

Seven exciting acts perform during the pre-show from 6 – 7 p.m. and the live, televised show (WRTV-6) from 7 – 8 p.m. The acts were chosen from hundreds of entertainers. This year’s special guest includes Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration’s host Sandi Patty. Local performers include Brian Harvey, soloist from Zionsville; Extreme Rhythm Project, tap dance troupe from Indianapolis; Jessica Kelley, soloist from Indianapolis; Kim Hicks, soloist from Indianapolis; Tadd Peebles, soloist from Indianapolis and The JB Band, house band from Anderson. In addition, the Smiley Morning Show Glee Club will perform during the 6 p.m. pre-show.

Sandi Patty has won 39 Dove Awards, five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and became a Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2004. Her albums have sold more than 11 million units, garnering her three platinum and five gold recordings. As the most-awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, her voice is the gold standard by which all who follow are measured. This year, Patty is host to Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Yuletide Celebration. Patty had been a long time resident of Indiana until a recent move to Oklahoma City.

Brian Harvey works full time as the creative director for Sonar Studios. He served as the touring lead guitar player for a few years for national recording artist John David Webster. Current projects include songwriting, counseling and freelance writing on everything from iPhone Apps to corporate skits. He and his family live in Zionsville.

Extreme Rhythm Project is Indy’s first pre-professional tap dance company directed by Michele Long. Extreme Rhythm Project is comprised of 21 members all ranging in age from 8 - 17 years old. Extreme Rhythm Project was established on July 17, 2010. The dancers are from four dance studios in the Central Indiana area and all have accomplished resumes. All of the members have won regional and national titles for their tap dancing all over the United States. The dancers participate in master classes and have performed at Penrod and Treefest, just to name a few.

Jessica Kelley, a Soprano, attended DePauw University and received a bachelor of arts in music performance in 2008. Kelley grew up on the south side of Indianapolis where she attended Perry Meridian High School. Some of the notable roles she has performed at local community theaters include Lois/Bianca from Kiss Me Kate, Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Somewhere Soloist from West Side Story. While attending DePauw University, Jessica worked with the DePauw Opera where she portrayed Adele from Die Fledermaus and The Queen of the Night from The Magic Flute. Jessica has been singing since elementary school and was involved with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) from elementary through high school. She was chosen to play Mayor Moyra in The Trio of Minuet performed at Clowes Hall at Butler University with ICC. She has traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe performing with different groups and as a soloist.

Kim Hicks is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis. She began singing in church during her early teens and continues to serve as a vocalist and worship team member at Calvary Temple of Indianapolis. Hicks has worked as a recording background session and commercial jingle vocalist and has recorded on many projects with the Calvary Temple Praise Choir. She is an elementary music teacher for Lawrence Township schools and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Butler University. She is married to Broad Ripple High School basketball coach Scott Hicks and is the mother of three boys.

Tadd Peebles is a 21-year-old performer, born in Lebanon and now living in Indianapolis. Peebles graduated from Lebanon Senior High School and plans to return to college this spring to work towards his bachelor’s degree. He holds an immense passion for the performing arts and is excited for the opportunity to perform in the Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481

The JB Band is comprised of Trint Castle from Noblesville, trumpet; David Roark from Castleton, guitar & bass; Dan Martin from Sheridan, trombone; Phil Alexander from Sheridan, keyboard; Justin Brown from Anderson, vocals; Joel Abernathy from Martinsville, drums; Greg Wardlow from New Castle, vocals and Aaron Trincado from Westfield, saxophone.

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