Masterworks Chorale to celebrate 10th anniversary

by Joan Doggerell

Masterworks Chorale opens a special new season of celebration Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan.

"Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, Anticipating the Future" features the Masterworks Chorale with the Centre Youth Masterworks Chorale; the 2013 Masterworks Scholarship winner Chase Worthy; and J. Andrew Smith, 2012 State Composition Competition winner.

The concert is free, but Masterworks will accept donations.

Thanks to Artistic Director Kathy Bizarth’s dedicated leadership plus loyal support from Centre Director Don Nixon, Masterworks has given 10 years of glorious music to Coweta audiences. Chorale has afforded an opportunity for adult singers to expand their musical horizons by performing the great classical works.

The concert will include pieces from Masterworks’ first performance in 2003: “How Can I Keep from Singing,” “Simple Gifts,” “Georgia on My Mind,” selections from John Rutter’s “Feel the Spirit,” and more.

The Centre Youth Masterworks Chorale, directed by Millie Lanier Turek, will join Masterworks onstage in “Like a Singing Bird” and some pieces of their own.

The concert will also feature Region Composition winner J. Andrew Smith. With an ensemble from Columbus State University, Smith will perform his award-winning composition “Leaden Twilight,” which commemorates the heroic artists who struggled to practice their art during Stalin’s Reign of Terror.

Smith is a music education major at Columbus State University. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by numerous musical groups in Columbus as well as by members of the Atlanta Opera and Ballet orchestras. Ensemble members include Likai He, violin, Esther Holliday, cello, and Liliya Ugay, piano. Liliya Ugay is an award-winning pianist and composer whose works have been performed in the Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and the United States. Esther Holliday is a 2012 recipient of the Woodruff Scholarship and the 39th annual Ruth Kern Young Artists Concerto Competition. She is majoring in music performance at Columbus State University. Masterworks proudly welcomes these young artists to the opening of its 2013-2014 season, which will be a year-long celebration of its 10th anniversary.* * *

Joan Doggrell teaches English at West Georgia Technical College.

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