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Roane Choral sets season’s first concert

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Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will accompany the Roane Choral Society in its first concert of the 2011-12 season at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

As an inspirational start to the holidays, Concert 1: Gloria, will feature the concert works of famed choral composer John Rutter. Other popular melodies to be performed include “Candlelight Carol,” The Holly and the Ivy” and “O Holy Night.”

Eugene Hattaway will lead Roane Choral Society as music director/conductor for his third season. He is the minister of music at Tellico Village First Baptist Church, director of the Whitestone Singers and the Knoxville Nativity Pageant and assistant director of the CenturyMen.

Mary Hook begins her third year as Roane Choral Society accompanist. She is pianist/organist at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, and has been active as a teacher, soloist and accompanist with extensive performance experience.

Roane Choral Society is a nonprofit organization which provides annual grants to music programs in area schools. The society seeks to develop greater involvement in choral events within the community through musical excellence, diversity and a commitment to education.

Roane Choral Society is a recipient of limited funding provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission. To help defray additional concert expenses, the group depends on the generosity of the community. Donations are appreciated.