Hello, Voices of North Georgia!
I hope this email/letter finds you and your family enjoying the beautiful summer weather. Connie and I have just returned from a trip to Kansas City, MO, to visit with our daughter, Clare, and my sister and her family.
Since there has been over-all positive changes in our global health situation, I hope that we can resume our regular rehearsals and performances. I know that many of you are very ready to start singing as a group again. Our 2021-2022 season will begin on Monday evening, August 23rd in the Sonlight Choir Room at Gainesville First Baptist Church. Please arrive early to ensure that you have time to pay any dues owed, pick up your scores, find your seat, and have some time to visit with other members.
A pre-season get-together will occur on Monday night, August 16th around 6:30 p.m. This is always an excellent time to catch up with other members, especially since some returning members we’ve not seen in almost two years, and also to meet possible new members of the chorus. Plans have not been finalized for this event yet. You will hear more in future emails.
Great Day of Singing will start our season off in the fall. This concert will feature many beautiful and rousing arrangements of spiritual tunes from the Southern states. Voices of North Georgia last presented an “all-spiritual” concert six years ago, and I believe we are ready to do it again. Our library contains so many arrangements of spirituals that some selections will be from six years ago, but other selections will be new. The performances will take place on Friday evening, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, October 24th at 3:00 p.m. in the main sanctuary at Gainesville Presbyterian Church.
Your chorus will be ringing in the holiday season the first weekend in December with Sing a Song of Christmas on Friday and Saturday evenings, December 3rd and 4th at 7:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary at St. Paul United Methodist Church. This year’s performances will feature a great variety of both sacred and secular favorites. A small instrumental ensemble will add to our performance of beloved songs of Christmas both past and present.
Plans are under way for a small chorus of twenty-five voices from our group to sing during the December 31st Candlelight Night at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Being part of the holiday magic at Biltmore has been great fun in the past and has included also getting together with many of the members afterwards at a local restaurant to “sing in the new year.”
Our rehearsals will start back up on Monday evening, January 3rd as we prepare for our mid-season gala and our spring concert performances. The Swinging, Singing Sixties will be on Saturday, March 5th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Banquet Hall of First Baptist Church, giving a nod to the great pop song writers of the 1960s in a cabaret-style dessert theater featuring both choral and solo selections. Composers/musicians represented will include the Beatles; Simon and Garfunkel; Elvis Presley; Peter, Paul and Mary; and the Mamas and the Papas, to name a few.
Sing Hosanna!, Voices of North Georgia’s final concert of the 2021-2022 season, will feature a first performance for your chorus of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in C major, Op. 86. This music, composed when Beethoven was writing some of the greatest examples of Classical music, features a chorus, a solo quartet and orchestra. It will be a joy to sing and to hear this beautiful and dramatic composition. Performances will be on Friday evening, April 29th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, May 1st at 3:00 p.m. in the main sanctuary at St. Paul United Methodist Church.
I hope as you’ve read through this letter you’ve seen that your chorus has a lot to look forward to throughout the season. Please be on the lookout for any possible new members. This season would be ideal for getting someone who hasn’t been singing regularly back in the habit.If you would like to go ahead and send in your registration and dues for this upcoming season, please see the attached files. Please remember that the registration forms need to be sent to Mrs. Marcia O’Connor, chorus treasurer.
I look forward to seeing you on the 16th!
Bruce A. Nunley
Voices of North Georgia