‘Sounds of the Season’ sure to evoke holiday spirit

Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle
Music Men & Jen, a barbershop quartet, will perform at the Madison County Arts Council’s “Sounds of the Season’ on Dec. 18. The group recently appeared at London’s Old Fashioned Christmas celebration: (from left) Jen Vilardi, Steve Lind, Paul Oswalt and Craig Chadwell.

(Posted Dec. 12, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Looking for a way to get into the holiday mood? Look no further than the Madison County Arts Council’s “Sounds of the Season” scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at First United Methodist Church of London, 52 N. Main St.

“Sounds of the Season is one of longest standing traditions from the arts council. We always say it’s our favorite way to get in holiday spirit,” said Brynne Adkins, arts council secretary and program coordinator for Sounds of the Season. “I feel like when I leave there I officially feel ready for Christmas.”

The event features 20 vocal and instrumental acts from the Madison County area. Every number has a Christmas or holiday theme. The audience will get a chance to get in on the act, too, with sing-along carols.

“We have people from all over the county performing,” Adkins said. “We have everything from sacred to secular and a couple of comedic things happening, too. I think we have a good variety this year.”

The arts council held auditions in late November. Musicians of all ages showed up. From those who tried out, the arts council chose 20 acts to create the show.

“It might have been the best turnout for auditions we’ve had,” Adkins said.

Many of the performers who made the cut are making repeat appearances, such as crowd favorite “Music Men and Jen,” a barbershop quartet that evolved out of an arts council musical production from many summers ago. A similar situation is bringing a new trio of performers to the Sounds of the Season stage this year. Denise Bloomfield, Sherry Holland and Ciera Bierbaugh who played Donna & The Dynamos in this year’s arts council production of “Mamma Mia!” will sing some Christmas tunes.

Adkins and fellow performer Jennifer Ruhlen will sprinkle in some humor with their rendition of “Sisters” from the movie “White Christmas.” Providing accompaniment for many of the acts are Diane Slagle and Shannon Treynor.

Among the new faces and voices at the event are students from London and Madison-Plains High School.

Admission to Sounds of the Season is free; donations are accepted.

The Madison County Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing and fostering education and entertainment through sponsorship and presentation of the performing and visual arts in Madison County.

In addition to Sounds of the Season, the arts council annually presents a countywide summer musical and a Young Artist Showcase, and awards fine arts scholarships to students from Madison County’s high schools.

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