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EDITORIAL: Festival shows how important music is to our community

September 12, 2013

YellowBrix

Sept. 12--One need only look to uptown Shelby to see how ingrained music is to life and culture in Cleveland County. Two venues named after our two hall of fame musicians -- Earl Scruggs and Don Gibson -- help convey the rich musical heritage of our county and region.

And next weekend will see the return of another one of our musical traditions -- the Art of Sound music festival.

For more than a decade, the Cleveland County Arts Council has hosted the annual music festival at various venues throughout the county. This year, performances will be held at the Arts Council and Don Gibson Theatre, both located in uptown Shelby.

Performances scheduled from Thursday to Saturday highlight genres from rock to folk, bluegrass to drum circle and swing to orchestra. And performers range from hometown names Dan X. Padgett to internationally-known musicians like Australia's Colin Hay (of 80s band Men At Work fame).

We know how important music is to this community, and how important it is to our children's ability to succeed.

According to advocate groups like the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, learning to play music goes a long way in preparing students for success in and outside class.

- It engages students in the classroom and increases graduation rates.

- It enhances learning in other core subjects.

- It improves early cognitive devevlopment, math and reading skills.

- It develops critical thinking and leadership skills.

- And it fosters self-esteem and the ability to work cooperatively in teams.

Countless studies speak to music's ability to build self-confidence, leadership skills, time management skills, written and oral communication and self-discipline.

We hope you will find a performance on the schedule that fits your style, but also one that you've never experienced. Festivials like this are a great opportunity to broaden your horizons.

And bring the family. You never know what might inspire the next hall of fame musician from Cleveland County.

Want to go? Tickets for the Art of Sound music festival, Sept. 19-21

Thursday night: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Friday: Arts Center performance: $25 in advance, $30 at the door and includes dinner. Colin Hay's performance at the Don Gibson Theatre: $29.50

Saturday: For admission to all concerts: $20 in advance, $30 at the door

Festival pass: $45 in advance, $50 at the door; good for all performances, including Colin Hay.

For more information and a full description of each performer, visit www.artofsoundcc.com or call 704-484-2787. Tickets are available online or by phone.

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