Weekender

Choir presents preview of Scotland performance

A little taste of Scotland will be coming to Newnan’s Wadsworth Auditorium this Sunday afternoon, May 4.

At 3 p.m. Sunday the Centre Masterworks Ensemble Choir will perform a preview of the music program they are readying for a special presentation in Ayr, Scotland this June. Wadsworth Auditorium is on Jefferson Street downtown and the program begins at

The choir is made up of young middle school singers, high school singers and members of the Adult Centre Masterworks Choir. The singers have been selected to represent Newnan and travel to its sister city of Ayr, Scotland this June. The program is sponsored by the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission.

“They have been wanting us to bring our talent to their shores for a long time now,” said Bette Hickman of the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission. “It’s going to be an exciting adventure.”

The performers also will debut tartans for the trip woven by local Coweta artist Ann Lynn Whiteside, who has spent some 400 hours on the project.

The connection to Ayr makes a lot of sense, Whiteside said recently, since so many local families have connections to Scotland.

“My heritage is Scottish,” she said. “Our Scottish ancestors came to the U.S. in 1680 or so. They landed in North Carolina and then migrated to Mississippi where I was born. I feel a strong draw to Scotland.”

Chief William McIntosh, who ceded the land that now makes up Coweta County, also had Scottish roots, in addition to his Creek Indian family ties. Whiteside is also working on the McIntosh tartan as an upcoming project.

“I would love to do more tartan projects. I already have orders for the State of Georgia tartan, the McIntosh tartan, and several family tartans that have to be completed before I can take on another project,” she said.

The Georgia tartan was designed at the request of the Stone Mountain Highland Games, Inc., by the Scottish Tartan Society in Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland, and presented to Governor George Busbee in 1982 in honor of Georgia's 250th birthday. On Oct. 1, 1996, the Scottish Tartans Society issued its Certificate of Accreditation for this tartan.

The Masterworks Ensemble concert tickets are $10 and are available at the same ticket outlets as last weekend’s “Friends of the Wadsworth 2014 Concert – the Legacy Continues”: Let Them Eat Toffee!, the Visitors Center in the historical Coweta County Courthouse downtown, Morgan’s Jewelers at Ashley Park, and Bank of North Georgia at Thomas Crossroads.



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