Locals to sing in Griffin Masterworks concert

Photo by Caroline Gonzmart

Photo by Caroline Gonzmart

Kelly Roberts, of Hampton, will join McDonough couple Kate and Justin Evans, Thursday, as part of a concert put on the Griffin Choral Arts Community Chorus.

Griffin Choral Arts is composed of singers from all over the region, many of whom are music teachers at the elementary, middle, secondary, or college level. The 50-voice community chorus, under the direction of Griffin Choral Arts Director Stephen Mulder, will present a choral-orchestral concert entitled "Crowning Glories," beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will be held at the Griffin Auditorium, 234 West Taylor St., in Griffin. The chorus will be accompanied a 25-piece professional orchestra, and four professional vocal soloists, according to Jean Dukes, President of the Griffin Choral Arts Board of Directors.

Dukes said the "Crowning Glories" program will include two coronation anthems of G. F. Handel, including the powerful "Zadok the Priest," which opens the concert.

"The initial choral entrance in ‘Zadok' is one of the finest moments in all choral-orchestral music," said Dukes, in a prepared statement. "The concert's centerpiece is W. A. Mozart's ‘Coronation' Mass in C, which features the soloists, and provides many opportunities for the chorus to demonstrate their expressive and technical capabilities."

The board president said that, when Mulder designed the 2010-11 season to include a masterworks concert, focusing on a coronation theme, he was functioning serendipitously as a latter-day Nathan the Prophet, a prominent character in the opening of the first piece of "Crowning Glories."

Dukes said the concert's two anchor works include Handel's coronation anthems and Mozart's coronation mass. She said the performance will feature the largest number of musicians yet assembled in the history of Griffin Choral Arts. The program will conclude with the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's Messiah.

"It is likely that experiencing this piece will be worth the entire price of admission," Dukes remarked.

Tickets are $10, general admission at the door, or in advance in Griffin, at Artistic Flowers and Gifts and The Tiger Lily; in Barnesville, at Goggans Florist; in Zebulon, at A Novel Experience bookstore; and in Thomaston, at the Thomaston Upson Arts Council Gallery.

For more information, call (770) 468-3072, or visit the Griffin Choral Arts web site at www.griffinchoralarts.org.