Kiera’s dream concert scheduled for this weekend

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Myah Lear

MUSIC TIME! The Altoona and Hollidaysburg orchestra students all cram on to the stage during a concert earlier this year. On Dec.8 at 3 p.m, the youth orchestra students will perfom a concert honoring Kiera Chirdon and it will be held at the Mishler theater.

By Sufana Hamid, Altoona Area Junior High School

On Dec. 8 at 3 p.m, the youth orchestra will perform a concert honoring Kiera Chirdon, an orchestra student who passed away in her sophomore year. The concert takes place at the Mishler Theater. 

“I think it’s a great way of getting a lot of donations and money for the organizations. I think the concert brings awareness of her cause. It also provides an outlet for the people to donate.The concert allows people to feel that their illness isn’t something to hide,”  ninth grader Kasey Reid said. 

Donations from the concert will support childhood cancer research and the Brian Modern Foundation which supports kids with cancer.

“I think it’s a really cool way for everyone to get together and hear different parts of pieces put together to make a great show. I feel as if the concert makes people feel good inside because of the honor the concert gives to Kiera,” ninth grader Cheyenne Grubutt said. 

The concert gathers people from different places to perform a concert using multiple pieces of music. 

“I feel that it’s a good way of expressing your talent in front of a crowd. It also honors a great person who fought cancer for a long time. I feel like it’s very important for us to honor someone who was into music to make sure that they’re happy in wherever they are,” ninth grader Alyssa Zeigler said. 

The youth orchestra will get a chance of expressing their talents in front of a crowd. 

“I think it does create a pretty image of supporting people, because music is a universal language and it doesn’t matter what language you speak. At last, you can understand the flow of music,” Reid said. 

The purpose of the concert is to support other people, honor Kiera, and make her dream a reality. 

“The youth orchestra is working hard to perform an amazing concert. They have been practicing to perfect their music,” Reid said. 

The youth orchestra spends countless hours practicing their music. 

“The best part of performing is when the instruments come together to make fabulous music that took a long time to put together. It’s also nice to hear what everyone had accomplished with their instrument and how it all comes together as one united song,” Zeigler said. 

This story was originally published on Livewire on December 6, 2019.