The Limestone College and Community Chorus will perform its fall concert Sunday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. at Grassy Pond Baptist Church (254 Grassy Pond Road, Gaffney). Admission is free and the public is invited.
Dr. Gena Poovey, Conductor and Director of Choral Activities at Limestone, commented that "the concerts have traditionally been held in Fullerton Auditorium, but this year we wanted to accept an invitation from community chorus member Dave Vassey to sing at Grassy Pond Baptist Church where he serves as Minister of Music. We have performed in Gaffney churches before, so this is exciting to reach out into a new area of the county, and share our music with folks in a neighborhood who may not have attended one of our concerts before. The church family has made it very clear that they welcome all members of the community to attend, so we hope our usual audience members will join us."
Since the concert falls earlier in the semester than usual, Poovey chose choral selections in anticipation of the coming winter and holiday season. The theme, "Almost Time," includes an age-old Advent carol, "Of the Father's Love Begotten," followed by a spiritual arrangement of similar sentiment, "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning," arranged by Andre Thomas. There will be a performance of the "Gloria" from Mozart's Coronation Mass, as well as songs about the angels, shepherds, wise men, and the baby Jesus who will be celebrated in the coming Christmas season. These songs represent everything from classical and calypso to gospel and spiritual styles. The concert will end, of course, in anticipation of Santa Claus with "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
The ensemble will be accompanied on piano by Dr. David B. Thompson, Professor of Music at Limestone, and will be assisted by student percussionist, Sean Graves. Other churches represented by community members of the chorus are Circle of Grace Lutheran Chapel, First Baptist Church, Gaffney, Buford Street United Methodist Church, and Episcopal and Presbyterian churches in Spartanburg. The combination of 20 college students and 11 community members creates this 31-voice choir, many of whom travelled and performed in Austria last summer.