Music for the Holidays is back! Now in its third year, the free concert and reception returns Tuesday, December 19 for a special night of music and fellowship. This year’s event is presented by Thrivent Financial and will nearly double in size, serving over 1,000 attendees at no cost to area residents without regard to job title, socioeconomic standing or any of the other social barriers that so often lead to self-segregation within large populations.
Initially founded by Bobby Joe Champion, Music For The Holidays was created as a celebration that brings the community — the entire community — together to be uplifted and unified by music and fellowship during a time that can often heighten feelings of loneliness for the disenfranchised.
By bringing residents from all walks of life together to sit side-by-side, present in the moment of uplifting music, Music for the Holidays provides an experience that transcends into something beyond a night of entertainment—it’s a night of oneness without barriers. And, it’s a foundation that builds new hope and new communities in all the days that follow throughout the year.
This year, the rae mackenzie group, inc. has signed on as executive producer. President and CEO Sharon Smith-Akinsanya is an ardent advocate of inclusivity and creator of several events and initiatives that serve to make Minnesota a great place to live, work and play for all.
“It’s very important for Minnesota corporations to “Lead Out Loud” and show us the soul of the company,” said Smith-Akinsanya. “The fact that Thrivent Financial, has signed on as exclusive presenting sponsor of Music for the Holidays tells us exactly where Thrivent stands when it comes to giving all people the access to what makes Minnesota great.”
Thrivent Financial’s mission to show people how to spend money wisely and live generously coupled with their company tagline –“connect faith and finances for good” makes them an ideal partner to exemplify the event’s spirit of the season through an evening of celebration and that is accessible to all without adding financial strain during the holidays.
The entire evening is presented FREE of charge to 1,000 attendees with an open-seating format that encourages everyone from the disenfranchised to the posh to come together and enjoy a marvelous night of Christmas music provided by acclaimed gospel artists and talent. Tickets will be distributed at dinner.
It all begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Marriott City Center and is followed by a holiday concert at the historic Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.
The musical line-up includes award-winning and nationally acclaimed local artists such as RL of NEXT, Robert Robinson, Ginger Commodore, Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, Tonia Huges, Sara Renner, Darnell Davis, and The Remnant, Hi-Mark, James Greer & Company, Paris Bennett, NUNNABOVE and many more.
Hennepin Theatre Trust, owner of the historic Pantages Theatre, is a proud community partner along with Insight News, and KMOJ. Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust, is committed to making theater and cultural arts accessible to all area residents, saying, “All of the theaters between 5th and 10th Street on Hennepin Avenue belong to the entire community. It’s important for us to partner with amazing events like this one.”
Music For The Holidays will take place Tuesday December 19, 2017. Tickets will be distributed at the reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Marriott City Center located at 30 South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Attendees will then walk across the street for the concert, beginning 7:30 p.m. at Pantages Theater, located at 710 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Seating is open-door, first-come, first-served. For additional information, click here.