For the 30th year in a row, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, led by Principal Pops conductor Jack Everly, presents “IPL Yuletide Celebration” at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, Dec. 4 through Dec. 23. Hosting once again is Sandi Patty, joined by a cast of Broadway singers and dancers, for the colorful extravaganza that has become one of Indiana’s most enduring holiday traditions.
The “Yuletide” program will include “Let it Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Disney’s “Frozen.” A medley of pop holiday tunes such as the Jackson Five’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” will also be featured. Also returning will be popular “Yuletide” attractions such as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “Be a Santa,” and the tap dancing Santas.
Recently, Examiner.com touched based with Patty by email about “Yuletide,” her current activities and future plans. Herein are her replies to questions submitted.
How many times have you performed Yuletide?
This is my seventh time hosting Yuletide. Every year I so look forward to it and this year is no different. I can’t wait.
What makes it special?
I love Indiana. I love Christmas. I love the sights and the sounds and the smells of this season. And I am absolutely crazy in love with the ISO.
How will this Yuletide be different from past ones?
When I began hosting Yuletide in 2000 my kids were little and they loved coming to the show and hanging out with the cast. They really thought that was “big time.”. This year 3 of my kids are actually cast members in the show. And our family will also be featured in a song.
Describe the feedback you’ve received when you have done Yuletide previously?
So many Hoosiers tell me that year after year, coming to Yuletide is part of their family’s Christmas tradition. It’s something they can bring the entire family to. It’s good for the grandparents and the grandkids alike
What’s next for you after Yuletide?
Next year and into part of 2017, I’ll be heading out on the road with my last big tour. I’ve been at this singing/touring thing for over 30 years now and it’s time to pass the baton to the kids in our family. And believe me they are ready. So I’ll do one more big tour and feature the kids/the family/the songs. And we’ll have a great time telling our audience “thank you” for the past 35 years of love and support.
How many of your children from you blended family will be performing with you?
I have always wanted to give every kid the “right of refusal” to perform on stage. My husband is an amazing singer, the kids are incredible performers and singers. They are also brilliant business minds among the kids. So, between all of the kids, we have just about every job covered–on and off stage. On stage, three of the kids will always be with me. But there are 2 other kids who will join us quite a bit too. And my hubby as well.
How many cities will be on your Forever Grateful Tour?
Right now there are 90 cities planning for the tour. We’ll be touring 2016/2017. Dates are being added each week.
When will the “Forever Grateful” album be released and what will be on it?
It will be released in February but we are hoping to begin releasing singles soon. Many of the songs I’ve written/co-written with some of my friends. I haven’t really had “mental” space before to do song writing. I was too busy getting kids to dance practice and ball games. These past couple of years as our “empty nest” has begun to settle in, I’ve been able to do more song writing. So, on the project, there will be about 60% new songs. And then we just had to do some “covers” of the most requested song. One is “Love in Any Language.”
Are you still teaching?
I began teaching this past year at Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City. I am the Artist in Residence and helped create a certificate track called Worship Arts and Leadership. I grew up in the church and so I really do love being part of a culture that helps the church grow. And I love getting to speak into the next generation of church musicians.
How is your Water4 campaign coming along?
I am so excited about what Water4 continues to do around the globe. Water4 is the leading initiative in the world in the placement and training of how to put in a man powered water well. It is revolutionizing and bringing solution to the World Water Crisis. It is putting men in the villages to work and giving them not only a sustainable source of water, but a sustainable source of income as well. They have become the new super heroes.
What message will you carry to your fans around the country when you do your farewell tour?
It’s not so much about saying goodbye as it is about saying thank you. These amazing people have loved on our family through childhood sicknesses, through graduations and weddings. Through divorce and remarriage. And our family simply wants one last opportunity to tell them thank you and that we are “forever grateful.”