Two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Sylvia McNair will make a guest appearance at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s Christmas concert. There will be free performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at the church, 100 W. 86th St, Indianapolis.
“We host this concert as a gift to the community,” Rob Fuquay, senior pastor at St. Luke’s, stated in a news release. “Our choirs, ensembles and musicians work extremely hard preparing for this concert. They offer it as a gift not just to our church but the entire community.”
Although it is free, attendees are invited to make a freewill offering during the concert, which will benefit a local immigration resettling support agency: the Immigrant Welcome Center. Funds received at the 2016 performances resulted in a $19,000 donation to a local food pantry.
The candlelight concert is called “Welcome Christmas! Sing a song of hope,” and includes several holiday classics.
“Sylvia is one of today’s leading interpreters of the Great American Songbook,” Mark Squire, director of worship the the arts at St. Luke’s, stated in the release. “During a thriving opera career, she released over 70 albums, including two Songbook recordings with pianist Andre Previn and has earned two Grammy awards. We are thrilled to welcome Ms. McNair to our stage.”
The 140-voice St. Luke’s Chancel Choir will be joined by St. Luke’s “New Song” ensemble, Chorale, Wesleyan Ringers and the St. Luke’s Orchestra.
Area musical groups also participating include Whiteland Community High School Rhythm Masters and the North Central High School String Quartet.