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Roane Choral to start season with holiday concert

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Roane Choral Society will perform a holiday concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

“Four Carol Cantatas,” containing four suites of traditional carols arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, will be presented.

The music includes favorites such as “How Far Is It To Bethlehem,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Wassail Song,” and “O Holy Night.”

Members of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will provide accompaniment.

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

Eugene Hattaway leads the Roane Choral Society as music director/conductor for his fifth season.

He comes to the group from Knoxville First Baptist Church, where he served 25 years as minister of music.

Hattaway is director of the Whitestone Singers and the Knoxville Nativity Pageant.

He also serves as assistant conductor of the CenturyMen and minister of music at Tellico Village First Baptist Church.

Slade Trammell, an accomplished pianist with a talent 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.

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 with monetary grants.

Society members said they enjoy the opportunity to enrich the community through presentation of music.

Roane Choral Society depends on the generosity of the community to help defray concert expenses.

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

As a 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.

The public may give its support by purchasing a specialty license plate sold through County Clerk’s offices in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties.