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The Austin High School Chamber Choir will be featured, along with its Symphonic Band, in a joint concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Princess Theatre. Another choral concert will be at the school May 17 at 7 p.m. The AHS choral department plans to add a gospel choir, as well an an advanced music theory class, next year.
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The Austin High School Chamber Choir will be featured, along with its Symphonic Band, in a joint concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Princess Theatre. Another choral concert will be at the school May 17 at 7 p.m. The AHS choral department plans to add a gospel choir, as well an an advanced music theory class, next year.

May music madness

By Patrice Stewart
pstewart@decaturdaily.com 340-2446

May is the month to bathe in music.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, a physician and a writer, gave this advice: "Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body."

You will have plenty of opportunities to bathe in music in Decatur during the next few weeks. Choose several from this list:

'Celebration of Music'

The Austin High School Chamber Choir and Symphonic Band will combine for this new "Celebration of Music" program Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $8 from Austin band or choir offices and $9 at the Princess box office.

Army Band on Sunday

The 389th U.S. Army Materiel Command Band will play a free public concert in Decatur on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. The group also will play the national anthem at 3 p.m. to begin the final race of the cycling event downtown.

This 40-piece group is stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland right now but will be transferred to Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville as part of the Base Realignment and Closure plan. The band performs about 250 times a year at military and civilian functions across the country, and it also has played in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Afghanistan.

Pick up free tickets through 5 p.m. Friday at the Princess Theatre box office, 340-1778. The box office will open at 5:30 p.m. Sunday to give out remaining tickets. Be in your seat by 6:20 p.m.; after that, others will be admitted to claim the remaining seats.

School concerts

Several area schools have scheduled end-of-season performances this month:

  • Decatur High School choir spring concert Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church Worship Center; tickets are $2, available at the DHS office.

  • Hartselle High School spring band concert Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Decatur High School band spring concert May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the DHS auditorium; tickets are $2, available at the DHS office.

  • Austin High School band spring concert May 15 at 7 p.m. in the AHS auditorium; admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

  • Brewer High School spring concert May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Austin High School choir spring concert May 17 at 7 p.m. in the AHS auditorium; admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

    Concerts in the Park

    The Decatur High Jazz Band and Austin High Jazz Band and Chamber Choir will perform May 14 beginning at 6 p.m. as part of the free Paul Stroud Concerts in the Park series at Rhodes Ferry Park.

    Violin recital

    Professional violinist Viljar Weimann of Decatur will perform a recital Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Weimann, who is originally from Estonia, has lived in the area for 16 years, and said he wanted to perform "to give something to the community. I wanted to play in my hometown."

    Weimann's son, Mikka, will join him on cello, and his wife, Senta, will sing Estonian folk songs.

    His program will include Beethoven's First Violin Sonata and Mozart's Trio Sonata No. 4.

    Weimann is a professor, symphony conductor and music director at the University of North Alabama. He also plays with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.

    Violins! Violins! Violins!

    The Decatur City Schools Strings Program and Decatur Youth Symphony will be showcased in "Violins! Violins! Violins!" on May 14 at 7 p.m. in a free performance at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.

    Harpist in Delano Park

    Miriam Tew, a Decatur harpist, will play in the Delano Park rose garden May 13 at 1 p.m.

    In addition to the Decatur Youth Symphony at 2 p.m., others entertaining on this garden tour day will include vocalist Kelley Gillikin and guitarist Jake Welch at 3 p.m. and Darin Windham, vocalist and guitarist, at 4 p.m.

    Decatur Youth Symphony

    Members of the Decatur Youth Symphony will play at several locations this spring. Free performances are scheduled Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Colonial Mall Decatur, near Parisian, and in Delano Park at 2 p.m. May 13, as entertainment during the garden tour. In addition to a full program at the Princess Theatre on May 14 at 7 p.m., they will join other groups at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville on May 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. The group is sponsored by the Decatur Parks and Recreation Department and directed by Tommy Davis.

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