Christines Christmas Concert Presented by Macys Slated for December 12, 2015

November 24, 2015

Donna Glanzman
Chair, Christine’s Christmas
During the holidays, we reflect on loved ones who have touched our lives and hearts.  In 2003, Christine Wilson and four of her friends perished in a tragic arson near the campus of The Ohio State University.  To honor her precious life, the 12th Annual Christine’s Christmas will be presented.  The Concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the Capital Theatre, Vern Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Christine Wilson Burn Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
The concert features pianist Mark King who, inspired by his friend Christine, performs Christine’s Christmas.  He is joined on stage by special guests including Broadway actress and Columbus native Jessica Grové, vocalist Willie Grové, the Dublin Jerome High School A Cappella Choir, the CMC Conservatory Chamber Orchestra.  The performance focuses on the true meaning of the season with traditional Christmas carols coupled with elaborate jazz and solo performances.
Guests will enter the Capital Theatre lobby to find a wonderland of fabulous silent auction items, hors d’oeuvres from Milo’s Catering and a unique “Wine & Whiskey” Pull.  After the concert, guests will experience an elaborate dessert buffet in the Theatre lobby overlooking the breathtaking view of the Capitol building.
The event is presented by Macy’s and underwritten by numerous committed sponsors including Dublin Cleaners, Eastway Supplies, and Old Trail Printing.
VIP Tickets are $100 for adults and $35 for students/children.  General Public tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for students/children.  To make reservations, please visit
About Jessica Grové 
Jessica Grové most recently appeared on Broadway in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Her other Broadway credits include:  SUNDAY IN THE  PARK WITH GEORGE (Celeste 2), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Miss Dorothy), and LES MISÉRABLES (Eponine).
At age 15, Jessica originated the role of Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, as well as on the National Tour, performing alongside legends Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt.  She received a Jefferson Award nomination for her portrayal, and can be heard on the 1998 Grammy nominated cast recording.
Jessica played Polly on the National tour of THE BOY FRIEND (directed by Julie Andrews), recreating the same role Ms. Andrews created in the 1954 Broadway production.
Jessica’s Off-Broadway credits include ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (Diana Barry), Peter Mills’ ILLYRIA (Viola), and the World Premieres of IRON CURTAIN and THE PURSUIT OF PERSEPHONE and most recently the World Premiere of TRANSPORT at The Irish Repertory Theatre.
Regionally, Jessica starred as Ariel in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID (dir. Glenn Casale) at Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Kansas City Starlight, Sacramento Music Circus, Houston Theatre Under the Stars and The Fox in Atlanta.  She also starred as Amalia in SHE LOVES ME (CT Critics Circle Award Nomination), Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Sarah Brown in GUYS AND DOLLS, Lil’ Luz in GIANT, Laurey in OKLAHOMA! (with the film’s Laurey, Shirley Jones, as Aunt Eller), Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA with the Nashville Symphony, Luisa in THE FANTASTICKS, Eva in EVITA, Dorothy in WAS (World Premiere), Anne Frank in YOURS, ANNE (Columbus Dispatch Award, Best Actress of the Season), and Fleur-de-Lys and Esmeralda in NOTRE DAME DE PARIS (U.S. and English Language Premiere in Las Vegas).
Jessica started The Jessica Grové Fund for the Performing Arts, which financially assists students in her hometown in pursuing their dreams in the arts. She is married to actor Daniel Cooney, who is currently in HEATHER'S THE MUSICAL Off-Broadway and who is also the Founding Artistic Director of The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter, Michigan.  They are the proud parents of Gavin. For more about Jessica Grové  and upcoming performances, please visit

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at