The Choral Society of West Georgia will start warming up next month for the 2017-2018 concert season.
The choral society believes that this year’s concert season will be packed with concerts that the group hopes will engage the community in not just the choral arts, but the fun that music can bring and even a little history.
“We have expanded our venue, and we are committed to the community arts for the West Georgia and the East Alabama area,” Artistic Director Bettie Biggs.
The Great Spooktacular Organ Concert
This year’s series will begin with a concert that is more fun than spooky, despite its Halloween theme and costumed performers. The second annual “Phantoms of the Organ” Great Spooktacular organ concert which will feature area organists — most of whom are regular players at their home churches — playing a selection designed to thrill.
“It is a seasonal offering for the community, and the organists play familiar pieces that they have chosen in coordination with fall and the Halloween season,” Biggs said. “We tried it last year and had a great response, so that will be our opening concert.”
The concert is coordinated with the Downtown Development Authority which hosts a community festival every year on a weekend near Halloween.
“The organists have a great time with it,” Biggs said. “They dress up as characters. They talk to the audience. They introduce their pieces. It is very family friendly, and it is very relaxed.”
The free concert will be performed at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.
We Gather Together
The series will keep going strong on Nov. 18 and 19 with a Thanksgiving concert titled “We Gather Together” featuring First Baptist Bells. According to Biggs, the concert is a popular way for community members to kickoff the holiday season, and since it is scheduled for the weekend before Thanksgiving it will be the perfect chance to enjoy time.
“The Thanksgiving concert is really a community favorite because it really does start the holiday season for many people,” Biggs said. “It is a great time for reflection and remembrance. It is something that the singers themselves — it means a lot to them as well as the community.”
The concert will take place on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.
Songs that Won the War
On Feb. 24, the series will continue with “Songs that Won the War,” which will feature the big band, swing music that was popular…