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Mayor calls Christmas concert ‘uplifting’
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December 26, 2012 01:05 PM | 2208 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, County Chairman Tom Worthan, Linda Worthan, Conductor Waverly Rainey, guest soloist Babbie Mason, Sherrie Persons and Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons at the recent choral society Christmas concert.
From left, County Chairman Tom Worthan, Linda Worthan, Conductor Waverly Rainey, guest soloist Babbie Mason, Sherrie Persons and Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons at the recent choral society Christmas concert.
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons recently wrote that one of the highlights of his first year in office came Dec. 4 when wife Sherrie and he attended their first concert presented by the West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society Inc.

“The performance was magical, very professionally presented, and uplifting. Although this year’s “A Family Christmas Concert” was the first WADCS concert Sherrie and I have attended, it certainly will not be our last. We look forward to attending the balance of the 2012 - 2013 series as new patron supporters.

“The main theme of this season’s performances by WADCS is “Celebrating and Affirming Our Third Decade and Twenty-Sixth Concert Season for over a Quarter Century of Successful Programming and Community Service as the Longest and Largest Serving Chorale in the Area Representing Douglas County and West Atlanta!” While that is an extraordinarily long title for a theme, it very accurately sets forth the tremendous achievement of the West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society Inc., as an integral part of our community.

“My warmest congratulations to Waverly Rainey, Artistic Director/Conductor, and all of the key people associated with WADCS on their achievements and on their outstanding contributions to Douglasville and Douglas County. We are most fortunate to have this organization as a musical and cultural amenity.”

He said they attended the Dec. 4 concert with a number of other “appreciative” residents.

“Although we had not previously attended a WADCS concert, some of our friends had shared with us about this choral society. Our expectations were exceeded by this excellent musical program, from the opening selection through the closing singalong of Christmas carols,” Persons wrote.

“While I could comment on each individual component in this Family Christmas Concert, I will highlight two musical selections. In a program in which every song and reading was special, I was especially touched by the rendition of the ageless ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ composition from Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ This has been a favorite of mine for many years, and Waverly Rainey’s masterful role as conductor brought this strong Christian message of faith home in a special way during my 2012 Christmas celebration.

“On a lighter note, but also very meaningful, was Babbie Mason’s delivery of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’ What a delightful way to conclude the program in advance of the singalong which I mentioned earlier in this letter. Of course, I want to add that I was blessed by each of Ms. Mason’s songs, as I always am when I hear her minister through music ... including this concert’s ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Sweet Little Jesus Boy.’

“The steadfastness and dedication of Mr. Rainey, the West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society’s Board of Directors and its leadership, WADCS Charter Accompanist William Callaway, the chorale and WADCS Chamber Singers, support personnel, and a long list of special guest performers (vocal and instrumental) over the years speak loud and clear. As WADCS’ Dedication of Affirmation statement included in the Dec. 4 printed program noted, each of these individuals and groups, along with the WADCS patrons, make up the chorale community; and “it is this foundation that we stand on to envision new dreams for our organization!” Clearly, Douglasville and Douglas County have a tremendous asset in this organization and in the high quality programming and community service they provide each year.

“Let me share one paragraph in WADCS’ Dedication of Affirmation statement which I found to be especially meaningful: ‘Even though WADCS Inc., is a performance oriented organization, ministry has been an important aspect of its life. Many of our Douglas County children, youth, and adults have experienced the positive presence of the chorale. Through the gift of music, individual gifts and talents have been developed and the human spirit has been elevated as self-esteem and confidence qualities have been nurtured in our professional environment. In the past 25 years of community service, numerous people have been educated and influenced in a positive way through the high musical and administrative standards WADCS Inc. promotes. And through this process of time, a family and a team have developed.’

“The driving force for WADCS, of course, over the years has been Waverly Rainey. He has a tremendous resume, with a long list of musical accomplishments. We are fortunate that Mr. Rainey chose to make Douglasville his home,” the mayor wrote.

“In closing, I want to express my appreciation again to him and his associates. WADCS Inc. certainly has a very valuable role in the Douglasville - Douglas County community in helping to increase the awareness of music appreciation, from our young citizens in school and on through the years of our senior citizens.

“Thank you, Waverly Rainey. And I am one person eagerly awaiting WADCS’ Easter/Spring Concert on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, featuring Ms. Babbie Mason and other artists with seasonal repertoire. Information for those interested in the upcoming performance and auditioning for / supporting the WADCS may be secured through their website at”

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