This past Sunday afternoon, 29 Wilton students gave stunning performances at Wilton's Little Theatre as they "Played it Forward" at a concert to benefit the Wilton Education Foundation. After fully giving of themselves for the past six months for this program, the talented group of artists received the most wonderful gift a musician/singer/songwriter could receive -- a performance-ending standing ovation.
"We cheer for our students for their athletic feats on the field, on the court and in the water. We salute their academic achievements in the classroom and in competition. And, when we celebrate their artistic achievements, we encourage them to find their voice and to discover where their music will take them," said Acoustic Wilton founder Scott Weber.
The performing Wilton students were Alex Mirabile, Andrew Sakamoto, Austin Schaefer, Betsy Wallace, Carolyn Rice, Carter Vail, Chris LoGiurato, Christopher Dehn, Cole Smith, Colin Cooper, Emily Lutz, Forrest Rappaport, George Copley, Hunter Welby, Joe Wallace, John D'Elisa, Justin Thomas, Kelly Brosko, Kevin Houska, Laura Knapp, Liana Knapp, Mallory Silliere, Matt Stone, Morgan Denslow, Paulina Schaefer, Tess Kamen, Tyler Margid and Wes Wallace
Working alongside the Acoustic Wilton original adult members -- Amy Jonsson, Kim Troy, Lauren Mirabile, Chris Brown, Patty Perry, Dave Keefe, Joan Wallace and Scott Weber -- the students wrote, recorded and performed many of their own songs, which will appear with folk, pop and country covers on the newest Acoustic Wilton CD, appropriately titled " Play it Forward."
The CDs are $15 and available for purchase at the Village Market and Open House as well as online at www.acousticwilton.com. Proceeds from the concert and CD schools will go to the Wilton Education Foundation toward music programs in all Wilton Schools.
Beth Kohl is Acoustic Wilton's marketing director.
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