ICC Hosts “A Carpenters’ Christmas” December 19

The Illinois Central College Guest Artists Series presents Lisa Rock in A Carpenters’ Christmas, a holiday tribute to the music of 1970s brother-and-sister pop music duo Karen and Richard Carpenter on Friday, December 19, at 7:30 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria.

Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with her unabashedly catchy pop music. The Carpenters’ beautiful, memorable love songs topped the Billboard charts with more than a dozen number one hits. Lisa Rock, lead singer of the tribute band Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters, possesses a four-octave vocal range, allowing her to sing the songs of the Carpenters in their original keys. This keeps the songs genuine and more recognizable for the audience, prompting one reviewer to comment. “When she hits the lower range of her marvelous voice, if you close your eyes, you can see Karen Carpenter’s face.”

In addition to their pop music, the Karen and Richard Carpenter hosted Christmas variety shows for television and recorded two holiday albums. Rock and her six-piece band keep the Carpenters’ holiday traditions alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage. Featuring Merry Christmas, Darling and the jazzy Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, A Carpenters’ Christmas is a holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all.

While Karen and Richard Carpenter often kept things simple on stage by performing as just a duo, they had several additional musicians join in to create the full, rich sound heard on their studio albums. To bring audiences that same sound, this show features Lisa Rock on lead vocals with a six-piece backing band.

The Salvation Army is the highlighted community partner for this ICC Guest Artists Series performance. The community partner program highlights a different, local organization for each Guest Artists Series presentation.

As it does for all ICC Guest Artists Series events, CityLink provides Park and Ride service from Peoria for the performance. Buses leave Evergreen Square at 7 pm and transport passengers directly to the ICC Performing Arts Center. Buses return to Evergreen Square immediately after the show. The cost is $1 each way with senior citizens 65 years of age or older riding free.

Tickets for the performance cost $25 for the general public and $15 for students. Tickets  may be purchased online in the Tickets area of our website or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at (309) 694-5136.