(Posted Dec. 14, 2015)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit or to enhance the cheery glow you’re already experiencing?
Consider attending Madison County Arts Council’s (MCAC) annual “Sounds of the Season” program set for 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at First United Methodist Church, 52 N. Main St., London. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 per person at the door.
“The evening will include seasonal favorites, both sacred and secular,” said Kevin Lohr, MCAC member.
Madison County area residents, some of whom are veterans of MCAC productions and some who are new to the group, will perform primarily solo vocal and instrumental numbers.
Among the soloists is Michael Schreffler, music director and organist at First United Methodist Church. He will perform the following organ selections on the church’s historic Johnson & Son/Muller pipe organ: “In Dulci Jubilo” by J.S. Bach, “There’s a Song in the Air” by Wilbur Held, and “Prelude on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by John Rutter.
Additionally, the audience will be invited to sing along to familiar Christmas carols.
Lohr said the program will feature about 15 selections altogether and last a little over an hour.
Proceeds from the event will go toward MCAC programming and events. Formed in 1997, the arts council is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing and fostering education and entertainment through the sponsorship and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Madison County.
In addition to Sounds of the Season, MCAC’s annual productions include:
- the Young Artists Showcase, a performance opportunity for high-school aged students from the county’s four high schools;
- a supper club-style musical revue featuring dinner and a show; and
- a play or musical held each summer, usually in July, providing an opportunity for performers of all ages to share their talent on stage.
MCAC also grants four fine arts scholarships to four students each year, one from each of the county’s high schools.