Holiday Concert

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Live on Central Place Stage from 5:30PM–8PM!

The Grand Illumination Holiday Concert goes live on the Central Place Stage from 5:30pm–8pm and features a variety of local musical artists, guest speakers, and an interactive social media wall! Come down and show your support to this year's amazing group of performers willing to donate their time and talent to the holiday celebration!


Andrea Copeland-Whitsett
Grand Illumination Emcee
Andrea is the Director of Member Education Services with the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and founder of Positive Channels, a production company with a mission to use the power of the media for good. Andrea was featured in the May 2014 edition of O, The Oprah Magazine. Her community work also includes nonprofit board service and youth mentoring.


Antonio Rice
Grand Illumination Emcee
Antonio Rice graduated from the University of Virginia in 1986 with a degree in Sociology.  As a student, Antonio was dedicated to academics, athletics and community.  He was a two-time captain of the UVA football team and a four-year starter at the running back position.  After graduation, Antonio played football for the Dallas Cowboys.  He is currently Director of Development for The Salvation Army here in Charlottesville.


Wilson School of Dance
Wilson School of Dance was founded in 1977 and teaches students from ages 3 through adults. We have been serving the Charlottesville community for 40 years and teach Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater Dance, along with a complete program for children with Princess Ballet, Pre-Ballet and combination jazz, ballet and tap classes.

DMR Adventures
DMR Adventures specializes in classes and productions in the performing arts, and has produced over 40 musicals and plays, and over 70 classes, including a Broadway Masterclass series, a Cabaret Series, DMR in NYC (traveling to NY to train with professional artists and see Broadway productions), Broadway at the Paramount, and several performing troupes.

Nahlij Corbin (MRC)
Nahlij is a 17 year old musician and artist from Charlottesville and started playing guitar 4 years ago. He devotes his time to the Music Resource Center where he has been able to streamline his sound and is currently working on an album of original music. His musical influences are Sam Cooke, Jeff Buckley, and The Dubliners. He loves to explore new music and international sounds. He plans to attend VCU where he is hoping to pursue a degree in Art, following his passions of film and music.


The Jeffersonland Chorus
We are a men's a cappella Barbershop Chorus and associated Quartets based in Charlottesville Virginia. We perform regularly both as a public service and for your event and we are always interested in recruiting new members. 

Va Consort Carolers
Virginia Consort Carolers
The mission of The Virginia Consort is to enrich and perhaps even change lives with choral music. Our performances will be places where all present—performers and audience—share a common delight in music and are renewed by it. We aim to bring music alive for those who perform and who listen, enriching our lives through a shared experience of the vast world of choral music.

Ben-David Warner Trio
Ben-David Warner is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter with roots in Celtic, Classical, and Folk music. For four years he was a member of the Celtic Americana Band Scythian. Trained on the classical violin, Ben-David plays the guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. Ed Helms’s The Bluegrass Situation praises his new Scythian song “Built These Walls” as a “blue-collar ballad we can all get behind.” He recorded his debut solo album Red Rockin' Chair in 2015.

Children's Choir of Central Virginia

Founded in January 2017 the Children’s Choir of Central Virginia seeks through care, practice, and discipline to nurture the music talent of all our choristers, that together we may perform well-crafted choral music repertoire, in varying styles and languages, with dedication and excellence, and thereby enhance the lives of both our choristers and our audiences with beautiful music.

Oratorio Society of Virginia
With its reputation for a professional sound and the spirit of a community chorus, The Oratorio Society of Virginia commands the respect and loyalty of a widespread audience. The love of music is a common bond which unites all of the Oratorio family, and underlines its mission to perform choral master works that express the best of the human spirit.

Charlottesville Singers
Charlottesville Singers is the foremost vocal ensemble from Charlottesville High School. This auditioned group is made up of young men and women in grades 9 through 12.  In addition to five annual concerts, they keep a busy performance schedule for special community events, benefit concerts, and collaborations with other local choral ensembles.  Their director is, Will Cooke.


The Virginia Gentlemen
The Virginia Gentlemen are the oldest a cappella group at the University of Virginia, known for performances in signature blazers and bow ties. Founded in 1953, the Virginia Gentlemen have spent the last 65 years thrilling audiences world-wide, and we hope to do so for many years to come.

Black Voices

Black Voices at the University of Virginia is a choir that sings music of the African American culture (i.e. anthems, spirituals, classical music, contemporary gospel, etc). The purpose of the choir is to show the members, the University community, and all those whom we encounter about Christian love through gospel music, worship/service, and true fellowship.

Countdown to Grand Illumination!
Visual artist Jeff Dobrow (aka Doc Jim) will bring Central Place architecture to life with a spectacular projection mapping display that will lead the countdown to the lighting of the community tree! Watch as over 20,000 LED bulbs turn Downtown Central Place into a glowing wonderland!