Festival of Sound kicks off tonight


It’s one of the biggest Christmas shows in the area. The Festival of Sound kicks off Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at the J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center. This years show looks to be bigger and better than ever. 

350 talented students from Wheeling Park High School will take the stage this weekend for an incredible holiday show you won’t want to miss. This marks the 21st year for the Festival of Sound and this years show has something for everyone. A number of ensembles and choirs will perform a wide variety of music. The theme for this years show is a holiday to remember and it includes everything from  classical music to jazz, pop and vocal performance.

“This is the best, most well run, most prolific type of concert experience of this caliber I have seen for a high school and people should come and see it,” said Wheeling Park Director of Bands David Alfred.

“The whole Wheeling Park Music Department comes together and even people who aren’t in the music department come together to put on this show. If you love music, you will love this and I think most people like music,” said student Richard Cummings.

Allison L’Ecuyer is a senor who plans to study music education at WVU next year. She will be playing in her fourth and final Festival of Sound.  Allison has played a number of instruments over the years including violin, piano, bass, steel drum. She is in the percussion ensemble and also plays the guitar and ukulele.  She says learning to play that many instruments is a challenge but one she is definitely up for.

“All of them have their similarities and complications but all together they are really fun to work with and play. It  requires work but it just comes to me and I love what I do and I love learning more about it,” said L’Ecuyer.

You have plenty of opportunities to hear Allison and the hundreds of other talented young musicians this weekend. The first show will be Thursday at 7:00. That will be followed by shows  Friday night and Sunday Afternoon at 2:00 p.m..

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