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26th ‘Easter / Spring Concert’ to feature gospel star Babbie Mason
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February 27, 2013 02:56 PM | 1676 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The West Atlanta / Douglas Choral Society Inc. will present its 26th traditional Easter / Spring concert for the community March 19 at 8 p.m. at Douglas County High School Performing Arts Hall (Mashburn Theater) in Douglasville. The performance will be led by Artistic Director / Conductor Waverly Rainey and accompanied by pianist / organist William Callaway.

The 2012-2013 seasonal concerts celebrate and affirms both its third decade and 26th concert season for more than a quarter century of successful programming and community service as the largest and longest-serving chorale in the area representing Douglas County and west Atlanta.

The concerts generally include a variety of audience favorites consisting of sacred / secular seasonal choral and instrumental repertoire ranging from classical, contemporary, Broadway musical and spiritual choral anthems to solos.

Artists for the “Easter / Spring Concert” will be the choral society and its Chamber Singers. Featured guest artists and programming includes award-winning singer / songwriter Babbie Mason, the choral society’s charter accompanist William Callaway, violinist Trisha Rutledge, child soloist Christina Coker, ballet and interpretive dancer Katarina Obermeyer, Rainey and other artists and seasonal repertoire.

In a statement from the choral society’s Board of Directors and Rainey, “We are very excited, honored and fortunate to secure and feature for her first year with us, Babbie Mason, in our 26th concert season series. At our ‘Family Christmas Concert’ this season, Mrs. Mason ‘brought the house down with a standing ovation’ through both her sacred [and] secular repertoire. She is an internationally renowned musician and performer with a rich and prestigious history. Likewise, a special aspect of this lady is her kind and gracious approach to sharing her God-given gifts and talents with artists like [the choral society] as we educate, entertain and minister to our Douglas County / West Georgia community at our venue.”

The variety of choral performance repertoire by the chorale and choral society chamber singers will include the selections, “Wondrous Love” (Arr. Christiansen), “Inscription of Hope” (Stroope), “Prayer of St. Francis” (Pote), “The Lord Is My Shepherd - Psalm 23” (From ‘Requiem’ - Rutter), “Hallelujah Chorus” (From ‘Messiah’ - G.F. Handel), “Georgia On My Mind” - Babbie Mason (soloist along with the chorale) (Gorrell & Carmichael, Arr. Shaw), “The Wizard and I” (excerpt from ‘Wicked’ - Schwartz, Arr. Brymer), “Salute To The Armed Forces” (Arr. Kirkland), and other special selections. Traditionally, some selections will be dedicated to those who have passed on before us since the last Easter / Spring Concert. This aspect includes the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in New Town, Conn.

The eclectic and exciting repertoire for the featured guest artists will include Mason performing “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child” (Spiritual - Arr. Logeski), “Summertime” (from the opera “Porgy and Bess” - G. Gershwin and Heyward), “You Love Me” (Combs, Mann, Mason), “Love Song” - Waverly Rainey (guitar accompanist) (Mason), and “This I Know For Sure” (title song from Mason’s new book).

Secure tickets early — seating is limited — for the Douglasville concert at $10 apiece. Tickets and other benefits may be obtained through a tax deductible donation / service through the choral society’s “Contribution / Subscription Series” (Mail to WADCS Inc., P.O. Box 6471, Douglasville, GA 30154), or tickets may be purchased from the Douglasville Kroger stores service desks, chorale members, or at the concert if available. To be sensitive to the audience and recording technicians, only children ages 6 and older will be admitted. The DCHS Performing Arts Hall (Mashburn Theater) is at 8705 Campbellton St. in Douglasville. For more information, call (770) 920-1662 or visit www.wadcs.org.
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