By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer
The first-ever Madison County Holiday Concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the EKU Center for the Arts. The event is free, keeping to the spirit of a program that welcomes musicians from all over the county to participate, said the Rev. Howard Miller of Richmond.
Around 13 choirs, soloists and instrumentalists are scheduled to perform to showcase the musical talent of the community, Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University, he said.
As the chaplain for the EKU basketball and football programs, an EKU alum and a lifelong Richmond resident, Miller came up with the idea for the event last year with the hope it will open the door to “greater campus and community participation.”
Dr. Kathy Bullock from the Berea College music department, along with Rob James of the EKU music department are bringing talented students from their colleges to participate as well, he said.
A middle school group and several churches also are scheduled to perform Sunday.
The concert is already a success, Miller said, because it has brought musicians together for fellowship in a facility that belongs to the whole community.
“The EKU Center for the Arts is not Eastern’s facility, it’s not Richmond’s facility, it’s for all of us,” Miller said.
During the practice session Tuesday night, Miller said he heard “the most beautiful sounds I’ve ever heard come from a choir.”
Although not quite a musician himself, Miller said he plans to “lip sync in one of the choirs. I don’t want to run anyone off,” he joked.
Risers, a piano, electronic keyboards, drum sets and amplifiers will be provided for all groups to use.
“This is hopefully the start of a something great for Madison County — to let the rest of the state know ‘this is ours,’” Miller said.
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