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Berea College Choir and Chamber Singers to Perform at First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge March 29

The Berea College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers from Berea, Ky. will perform at First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge on Sunday, March 28, at 7 p.m.

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Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to the concert, part of a seven-day spring concert tour that also includes appearances in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

The 60-voice choir is conducted by Dr. Stephen Bolster, chair of the College's music department and professor of music. The Chamber Singers is a select group of choir members that specialize in renaissance and 20th Century vocal chamber music.

Sacred music makes up the first half of the program, which opens with works by Arkhangelsky, Mendelssohn, Scarlatti and Paulus, as well as Rene Clausen's arrangement of The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. Music for the Lenten season includes works by J.S Bach, Heinrich Schutz and William Byrd. Three Lenten pieces performed by the Chamber Singers include an arrangement by Gilbert Martin of the hymn "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross."

Shaker Songs arranged by Kevin Siegfried and performed by the Chamber Singers opens the second half of the program, followed by two groups of contemporary songs performed by the full Choir. Three songs from popular musical theater productions include "Never, Never Land" from Jule Styne's Peter Pan; "Home and the Heartland' from Riverdance; and "Doing the Latest Rag" from Titanic composed by Maury Yeston. The program concludes with the spiritual "I Thank You, Jesus," arranged by Robert L. Morris.

The Concert Choir, formed in 1949, has for five decades performed inspirational concerts for audiences in the United States, Europe and Canada. Since 1980, under Bolster's direction, the choir and chamber singers have toured annually in the eastern United States, performed in central and eastern Europe in 1994 and in Italy and Switzerland in the summer of 2002 and have taped two Christmas specials for educational television that were aired throughout the mid-South.

Bolster, who holds music degrees from Dartmouth College, the University of North Carolina and the University of Colorado, combines teaching and conducting at Berea with a host of other professional activities. He was a member with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers for three years, recently traveled to China in the People to People Ambassador program, and is in frequent demand as a lecturer, clinician and judge in Kentucky and Tennessee. The recipient of many honors and awards, Bolster most recently received the Kentucky Choral Directors Association's highest honor, the 2002 Robert K. Barr Choral Excellence Award.

First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge is located at 200 East Shotwell St. For additional information, contact the local concert host, Dr. Gerald Little, (229) 246-3960.

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