I’ve always found downtown Indianapolis to be particularly charming and inviting, especially at night. A recent show at the Hilbert Circle Theatre made this view even more of a reality.
For 25 years, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) has dazzled audiences throughout the city, across the country, and abroad. Last Sunday, the ICC lit up the circle with the Broadway Jazz & More concert featuring Sarah Scharbrough.
In the nearly packed house at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, I comfortably felt embraced by the family-friendly atmosphere. The audience seemed to span four generations and even Scharbrough, who is an ICC alum, was accompanied on stage by her band, which consists of her husband, who plays the drums, her sister, who is her soulful backup singer, and her brother, who plays the guitar. At several points in the show, every knee was tapping, foot was stomping, and head was bobbing to the beats of jazz and blues.
The powerful voices of more than 400 ICC kids rocked songs like It Don’t Mean a Thing, I Dreamed a Dream, Route 66 and We Are all the Same, which is one of Scharbrough’s original tunes. Scharbrough’s expressive sound reminded me of a mix between Sara Bareilles’s passionate piano tunes and Nora Jones soulful jazz.
Since it was a Sunday performance, there was plenty of parking available close to Monument Circle and the cost for the manatee and evening show was just $12 per person. After this great performance, I look forward to attending next year’s Voices of Youth concert. But until then, I have definitely been inspired to check out more hidden gems of performances downtown like this one.