Hello, Voices of North Georgia!
I hope you all are doing well, and, even though you have enjoyed your free Monday nights, you are ready to start singing again in Voices. My family celebrated Clare’s graduation from UGA with the trip we’ve been saving up for since 2010. We went to Italy, France and England for two weeks and saw some incredible sights. Needless to say, we have been at home since then, spending very little! Coming up with concert themes for this season was harder than normal since our last season was one of greatest hits and covered many musical styles that we’ve all enjoyed presenting in past seasons. I believe I’ve created a challenging but enjoyable season for 2019-2020–a season with some new compositions to discover but also with some much-loved favorites.
Our fall concert, titled Movie Night!, will be held in the Banquet Hall at First Baptist Church on Friday and Saturday, October 18th and 19th and will feature musical selections, both vintage and modern, from the movie industry. From the golden age of Hollywood to the most recent films from studios world-wide, Voices of North Georgia will present a variety of arrangements from many celebrated composers of the world of movies.
Tidings of Great Joy!, our annual holiday performances, will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Friday and Saturday, December 6th & 7th.. This year’s repertoire will feature the Christmas portion of Handel’s beloved oratorio, Messiah. It has been a few years since we have presented this special holiday favorite, and I hope you are as excited as I am to be singing this classic holiday composition again. We will enjoy the accompaniment of a fourteen-piece orchestra for these concerts.
Our annual gala fundraiser on Saturday, March 14th, will be held in the Banquet Hall at First Baptist Church. The theme of the gala will be music of the 1940s era USO shows and therefore will be called the USO Canteen Show. The gala will include music that was performed to entertain our military during World War II: plenty of big-band swing music with beautiful melodies.
World Praise, including the thrilling and lovely Chichester Psalms composed by Leonard Bernstein, is a new slant on the multicultural theme performances that we have presented a few times over the seasons. The difference is that we will focus on sacred compositions of praise from several nations and peoples. These inspirational performances of our spring concert will be held in the sanctuary at Gainesville First Presbyterian Church. It has been many years since your community chorus has performed in the lovely sanctuary of First Presbyterian. I am excited that we will be able, for several of our concert compositions, to make use of the new pipe organ that was recently installed there.
Voices of North Georgia has an exciting season ahead of it in 2019-2020. The board and I urge you to help recruit new members to our group. While I will always value the addition of a talented soprano (especially first soprano) or alto to our chorus, we really need to increase the membership of our tenor and bass sections.
Our annual recruitment/reunion event will be held on Monday, August 12th, beginning at 6:00 P.M. at St. Paul UMC. I know that we all look forward to visiting with each other and seeing what’s happened over the summer months, but don’t forget that the board and I also urge you to bring to the event possible new singers for the chorus. We need to build our membership!
Our first rehearsal of the season will be Monday evening, August 19th, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Sonlight Choir Room at Gainesville First Baptist Church. Be sure to arrive prior to 7:00 P.M. to allow enough time to find your way from the parking lot into the building, to locate the choir room on the second floor, to pay your dues, to pick up your music, and to find your place on the risers.
I would like to thank our 2019-2020 season president, Caroline Newbern, and the board members and committee chairs who have given their time this summer so our organization can continue to develop into a leader in the choral arts of north Georgia. As always, I thank you for allowing me to continue as your artistic director/conductor.
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