On December 22, Singers from Matthew's Voices, a choir for people experiencing homelessness, were treated to an evening of Christmas music when they attended the annual Indianapolis Symphonic Choir's Festival of Carols at the Center for the Performing Arts - Palladium in Carmel, IN.
Fifteen Matthew's Voices singers, who are marginalized or living on the streets of Indianapolis, spent an evening experiencing the beautiful Christmas sounds of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Dance Kaleidoscope and Broadway Soprano Michele McConnell under the direction of Dr. Eric Stark and Dr. Michael Davis and Covenant Christian High School Chamber Choir under the direction of Daniel Watson.
The singers were captivated by the beautiful space, stunning sounds from the choirs, orchestra, and guest soprano. "This will be a Christmas to remember - thank you, thank you, thank you!", said Gerrie as she and other singers entered Box Q of the Palladium. The singers could not get over their seats. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir graciously donated tickets in Box A and Q of the Palladium which as one singer said, "You can see the notes on their music".
Founder and Artistic Director of Matthew's Voices, Jason Fishburn-Grooten never misses the opportunity to share in community with those who are marginalized. "I couldn't think of a better way to spend my Christmas season than with my friends in Matthew's Voices: to see their faces lift as the music washed over them is priceless; to hear their excitement as they talked with each other on the way back to Indianapolis after the concert will stick with me this season and beyond. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir provided a life-affirming experience to people who often go untouched, unloved, and under served - for that I'm grateful."
Matthew's Voices rehearses every Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Roberts Park United Methodist Church in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.