Roane Choral marking 40th anniversary in song

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Roane Choral Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary with concerts in November, February and April.

A variety of music is planned to entertain all music lovers.

The first concert of the season will be Handel’s Messiah at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

“This is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season,” said Julianne Bailey of Roane Choral Society.

The group will be accompanied by members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for this enduring favorite. This concert is presented in part through funding by the Tennessee Arts Commission grants program.

A tribute to African American history as told through moving spirituals and gospel music in Lift Every Voice.

The performance will be in the newly renovated Princess Theatre in Harriman at 7 p.m. Feb. 23.

“We are excited to have the Roane County Community Chorus join us in this concert,” Bailey said.

To complete the celebration, Roane Choral Society brings back the lively entertainment of old-time radio with a Turn Your Radio On concert featuring coffee and desserts.

Choose either the 2 or 7 p.m. performance on April 27, 2013, in Kingston Church of Christ family life center. Details about reservations will be announced later.

Eugene Hattaway is in his fourth season as music director/conductor of the Society, coming from Knoxville First Baptist Church, where he served for 25 years as minister of music.

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

Slade Trammell joins Roane Choral Society this season as an accomplished pianist with a special interest in accompanying singers.

He holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Tennessee.

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

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 our concerts.

New members are welcome to join and to form friendships with fellow music lovers.

“As a proud recipient of limited funding provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Society encourages public support of the arts in Tennessee,” Bailey said. “Please consider purchasing a specialty license plate sold through your County Clerk’s office.”

Visit www.tn.gov/revenue/vehicle/licenseplates/tnartscomm/tnartscomm.shtml for more information.