Ariel features international talent

Staff Report

GALLIPOLIS — Project Sound, a 14-piece wind band that features musicians and music from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and the United States, is touring through the tri-state area with a stop in Gallipolis on Friday at the Ariel Theatre.

The 7 p.m. concert features new music composed by several of the members and also famous songs from those Asian countries specially arranged for their ensemble. The concert is free and open to the public.

Project Sound is comprised of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, horns, trombone, euphonium, tuba and piano.

According to artist representatives, the group is conducted by Robert Heath.

“Project Sound transforms musicians and listeners into cultural ambassadors, empowering them to become leaders in an intercultural conversation via music to become catalysts for a more compassionate world,” said Lora Snow, executive director of the Ariel.

Project Sound members have studied music as far away as Hong Kong and cover a gamut of styles from jazz, rock and beat boxing to Irish pub music, as well as classical (both western and Asian). Some branch out into multidisciplinary areas like ballet.

By displaying the musical past of each country and featuring new music to ring across the international stages of the 21st century, the performers encourage audiences to discuss and partake in new cultural experiences.

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