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Live on the Central Place stage from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM!

The Grand Illumination Holiday Concert goes live on the Central Place Stage from 5:30 pm–7:30 pm and features a variety of local musical artists, guest speakers, and an interactive social media wall! Come down and show your support for this year's amazing group of performers!

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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.

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Wilson School of Dance
5:30 pm
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.

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5:45 pm
"The writings on the wall brought to life. Heavy lyrical delivery matched by thoughtful hip-hop arrangements. Representing the Friendly City of Harrisonburg with the most divine flow."

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Charlottesville High School Choir
5:57 pm

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Crozet Chorus
6:09 pm
The Crozet Chorus, Inc. fosters the appreciation and enjoyment of choral music in the community and welcomes singers of varied abilities and musical backgrounds. We are a non-auditioned secular chorus with over 80 singers and perform a varied repertoire—from great composers both classical and modern, to music from across the globe and through the decades. All our concerts are free and open to the public.

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Ben-David Warner
6:21 pm
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.

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Lora Kelley
6:33 pm
Lora Kelley is an American singer-songwriter based in Charlottesville, VA.

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Children's Choir of Central Virginia
6:45 pm
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.
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DMR Adventures
6:57 pm
DMR Adventures is an award-winning performing arts training academy, specializing in musical theatre. Our students range from beginners to professional actors, ages 5 and up! Classes are taught by experienced educators and professional performers in our accessible space at the Belmont Arts Collaborative, just steps from the Downtown Mall. Hitch your wagon to a star with DMR!

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Oratorio Society of Virginia
7:09 pm
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 masterworks that express the best of the human spirit.

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UVa Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network Presents: Kennedy Buntrock with Kenedi Anderson
7:21 pm
At 10 weeks old, Kennedy Buntrock (left) was shaken by a caregiver which resulted in traumatic brain injury and blindness. Through the tremendous care and support of the UVa Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network, Kennedy made a full recovery and is now a healthy and thriving 13-year-old making her Grand Illumination debut!
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Countdown to Grand Illumination!
7:30 pm

Watch as over 20,000 LED bulbs turn Downtown Central Place into a glowing wonderland!