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Opera singer Angela Brown returns to Indy for Christmas

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World-renowned soprano and Indianapolis native Angela Brown will accompany the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir on Dec. 17-19 for “Festival of Carols.” On Dec. 15, the Crispus Attucks High School grad performed at the Warren Performing Arts Center in Warren Central High School before three shows at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel on Dec. 17-19.

The shows will feature fan favorites including “Joy to the World” and “Do You Hear What I Hear” as well as the world premiere of “Gather Round the Holy Manger,” winner of the 12th annual Christmas Carol Commission Competition, organized by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. The piece was composed by Indianapolis native Joyce Vickery.

You have four opportunities to see “Festival of Carols.”
8 p.m. Dec. 17, The Palladium, 1 Carter Green, Carmel
3 p.m. Dec. 18-19, The Palladium, 1 Carter Green, Carmel
The Dec. 19 show will include American Sign Language interpretation.

“It is such an honor to have ‘Gather Round the Holy Manger’ premiered this year at Festival of Carols,” Vickery said in a statement. “Writing the text and music to this carol in the midst of a pandemic was both a challenge and a comfort, as our family longed to gather with our loved ones. This longing led me to see Christmas in a whole new way, as a heavenly invitation from God himself who calls to each of us, ‘Gather round!’”

For tickets to “Festival of Carols,” visit indychoir.org. Guests 13 and older must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. Masks are required.

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