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Join Decatur Civic Chorus in time for ‘Great Night of Singing’

By Patrice Stewart · 340-2446

The Decatur Civic Chorus is planning “A Great Night of Singing” on Nov. 15 and “Carousel in Concert” on March 8, and new voices are needed.

New members are invited to join for the 2007-08 season, and no audition is necessary, said executive director Sue VanLandingham.

“Anyone with a love of singing who can commit to the Tuesday evening rehearsal each week is welcome,” she said.

The group meets at Fort Decatur Recreation Center, 610 Fourth Ave. S.E.

This season’s first meeting Tuesday will start earlier, at 6 p.m. Beginning Sept. 11, the group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Anyone who would like to join should come Tuesday or call VanLandingham, 301-9620.

Season brochures will be mailed about the middle of September, she said. Call her to be added to the mailing list if you have not received Decatur Civic Chorus performance information before.

The fall concert on Nov. 15, “A Great Night of Singing,” will feature several different types of music and Ken Turvey of Huntsville as guest director.

It will include some spirituals and other songs by the late Southern composer Moses Hogan, such as “Do Lord Remember Me,” “Old-time Religion,” “Elijah Rock” and “Stand by Me.”

The “Frostiana” section will feature poems by Robert Frost set to music.

“A Day of Dancing” and other pieces will tell the story of nine Christmas carols, and liturgical dancers will perform.

An orchestra will accompany the chorus for all performances.

VanLandingham said some changes have been made in the spring season due to scheduling problems.

Instead of the usual three-night spring musical, the group will perform music from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel” twice on March 8.

“That was the first musical the Decatur Civic Chorus did,” she said. “It was an outdoors performance on the stage at Point Mallard in 1979.”

“Carousel in Concert” will be directed by Betty Rocha, with Linda Davidson as musical director. It will combine the musical and pops concert that are both usually staged in the spring.

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