Roane Choral Society getting ready for 41st year

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Roane Choral Society will celebrate its 41st anniversary with concerts in November, March and April.

“The society members enjoy entertaining audiences with a variety of music to please everyone,” said Julianne Bailey, publicity chairwoman.

Four Carol Cantatas will kick off the holiday season with a presentation of four suites of traditional carols arranged by Robert Russell Bennett.

Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will provide accompaniment.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

This concert is presented in part through funding by the Tennessee Arts Commission grants program.

Roane Choral Society will celebrate its musical heritage with selections ranging from early folk music to gospel in Americana: Our Musical Heritage.

The celebration of the nation’s musical legacy from past to present will be performed in Harriman’s Princess Theatre at 7 p.m. March 1, 2014.

In Beach Bash, “you’re invited to a fun, carefree beach party,” Bailey said. “Put on your tropical shirts and enjoy luau treats with all your favorite beach tunes.”

The concert will be given in performances at 2 and 7 p.m. April 12 in Kingston Church of Christ’s family center.

Details about reservations will be announced later.

Eugene Hattaway leads the Roane Choral Society as music director/conductor for his fifth season, coming from Knoxville First Baptist Church, where he served for 25 years as minister of music.

Hattaway is the 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, an accomplished pianist with a love for accompanying singers, begins his second year with the Roane Choral Society.

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

Trammell 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 monetary grants.

“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,” Bailey said. “New members are welcome to join and to form friendships with fellow music lovers.”

Roane Choral Society rehearsals for the upcoming season will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 9.

Rehearsals are each Monday night in the O’Brien Building on the Roane County campus.

Visit RoaneChoralSociety.org or call 376-6710 for details.

“As a proud recipient of limited funding provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, 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.”

Information is available at http://goo.gl/qd4nrd.