The Indianapolis Children’s Choir’s theme for its opening concert is “Simple Gifts”.
“Our goal is to focus on the simple things that got us through the pandemic,” said ICC Artistic Director Joshua Pedde. “(It’s) a reminder of time spent with friends and family, a lot of things we seemed to take for granted before the pandemic. All of the music reflects the things we have learned over the past year and a half.
The ICC will open the 2021-22 season with “Simple Gifts” at 7:00 p.m. on October 9 at the STAR Bank Performing Arts Center in Zionsville. The songs will include “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music”, a witty one called “Music Down in My Soul” and a folk tune, “How Can I Keep From Singing”.
This will be the first time that the ICC will give its own concert at the Zionsville site. The ICC partnered with the Central Indiana Dance Academy for the on-site “The Nutcracker” show.
Pedde, a Carmelite resident, said the choir will maintain social distancing and wear face masks. It is suggested that spectators also wear masks. A live stream link will also be available.
“We have developed a CDC protocols manual and we have not had any spread of COVID in our organization by following these guidelines,” said Pedde. “We are proud of it and we are proud to be able to offer these concerts in complete safety. “
The beginner, intermediate and advanced level ensemble will all be part of the concert.
“Everything is going really well,” said Pedde.
About 400 singers will participate in the 75-minute concert. Interpreters range from third graders to high school students.
“There are different levels of art,” said Pedde. “There’s something for everyone. It’s a very family-friendly concert. If they’ve never seen an ICC concert before, it’s something they will really enjoy.
To learn more, visit icchoir.org/tickets/.