‘Sounds of the Season’ will fill the air on Dec. 16

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Ellie Shoemaker sings and plays ukulele as other performers wait their turns during the Madison County Arts Council’s annual Sounds of the Season.

(Posted Dec. 7, 2018)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

With its annual Sounds of the Season, the Madison County Arts Council offers up a chance to relax, listen and smile.

“The holidays always elicit this level of unnecessary stress. There just seems to be so much angst surrounding this season,” said Brynne Adkins, Arts Council secretary.

“The Arts Council loves putting on Sounds of the Season for obvious reasons–showcasing local talent, providing a quality performance, etc.–but we especially love offering an opportunity to sit down for an hour or so and allowing people to simply enjoy. Our hope is that you leave Sounds of the Season ready to welcome Christmas with a full heart and a renewed spirit.”

This year’s show is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at London First United Methodist Church, 52 N. Main St. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Several area performers auditioned to be part of the 2018 line-up. The result is 20 acts, ranging from soloists to ensembles performing a mix of vocal and instrumental numbers.

Among those who will entertain are London residents Clayton Burke and Paul Oswalt singing “Happy Christmas” by John Lennon, with Burke also providing accompaniment on acoustic guitar.

Dean Harris, a Madison-Plains student, will sing “Hallelujah Christmas,” and Madeline Frambes and Isaac Keefer, students at Jonathan Alder High School, will sing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Londonite Ellie Shoemaker, a college freshman, is back again with her ukulele, and The Music Men of London barbershop quartet plan to sing “White Christmas,” the version made popular by The Drifters. The quartet includes Craig Chadwell, Jeff Gates, Paul Oswalt and Matthew Tlachac.

Christmas readings, piano solos, and more fill out the night’s program.

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,” MCAC annually presents a countywide summer musical (this year’s was “Shrek”) and a Young Artist Showcase, and awards fine arts scholarships to students from Madison County’s high schools.

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