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Roane Choral to Lift Every Voice in Feb. 23 concert

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Roane Choral Society will continue its 40th anniversary season with a concert, “Lift Every Voice,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in Harriman’s historic Princess Theatre.

Donations will be accepted at the performance.

The Roane County Community Chorus will join in this presentation of moving spirituals and gospel music as in celebration of Black History Month.

Roane County Community Chorus will sing several favorites and will join Roane Choral Society on “O Happy Day” and “Lift Every Voice.”

Roane Choral Society’s selections will include “Deep River,” “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel” and “Ride On, King Jesus.”

The new Roane Choral Society Children’s Choir will perform at the concert.

This choir is directed by Brenda Luggie, a member of the Society and associate professor of music at Roane State Community College.

The children's choir is being developed to provide children with an opportunity for musical enrichment.

Eugene Hattaway is in his fourth season as music director/conductor of the Roane Choral Society.

He is minister of music at Tellico Village First Baptist Church and is director of the Whitestone Singers and the Knoxville Nativity Pageant.

Slade Trammell, an accomplished pianist, is in his first season with Roane Choral.

He is director of choirs at Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile and a faculty member at Roane State.

Roane County Community Chorus was formed in 1968 and holds rehearsals in area churches.

Margie Moore has been director of the chorus for several years. She also directs the choir at Braxton Chapel AME Zion Methodist Church in Kingston.

Mary Hickey has accompanied the Community Chorus since 1968 and has been accompanist at St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church in Harriman for about 50 years.

She frequently serves as accompanist for Harriman Music Club meetings and performances.

Roane Choral Society, a nonprofit organization, encourages the appreciation, study, and performance of music in area schools by giving annual scholarships.

The Society enjoys the opportunity to enrich the community through presentation of great music and depends on the generosity of the community to help defray expenses for its concerts.

As a recipient of limited funding provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Society encourages public support of the arts in Tennessee.

Funds are raised through purchases of specialty license plates sold through the County Clerk’s office.

For more information, visit http://goo.gl/KYpUC.