The Choral Society of West Georgia Community Outreach Concert Series proudly presents
A Homecoming Concert with Michael Robert Hendrick and Friends
Sunday February 27, 2022 at 4:00 PM
First Baptist Church on the Square
No Admission Charge
Featuring: Michael Robert Hendrick, Tenor
Andrew Harry, Piano with Special Guest Toni Anderson, Mezzo Soprano
LaGrange native and a 1984 Troup High School graduate, Michael Robert Hendrick, has appeared on opera stages and concert halls worldwide for 25 years and will return to LaGrange in a remarkable homecoming recital presented by the Choral Society of West Georgia Community Outreach Concert Series.
Michael is the son of Rogene and the late Robert Hendrick. His family still resides in LaGrange.
He is an internationally renowned operatic singer and performer, making his Metropolitan Opera debut in New York City under the direction of Fabio Luisi, followed by other engagements at the MET including the title role of Peter Grimes in Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten.
Mr. Hendrick was honored at the Kennedy Center as Washington National Opera’s Artist of the Year in 2001 for his portrayal of Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men by Carlisle Floyd, a role he most recently portrayed at Manitoba Opera in Winnipeg, Canada in 2016.
This unique recital will feature a wide variety of favorites from opera, musical theatre, sacred and secular song literature. Mezzo soprano Toni Anderson and pianist Andrew Harry will be featured as collaborative artists for the event.
Honorary reception following performance
Singers, friends and colleagues, Good morning! At the June board of directors meeting, important and necessary decisions were made regarding the upcoming 2021-22 concert season. These decisions were made based on information carefully gathered from legal, medical and public health professionals within our community. There are also strict protocols set forth by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta which directly impact our use of the St. Mark’s Parish Hall as the permanent rehearsal site. Therefore, we are moving forward and planning for the opening of the concert season based on expectations and protocols implemented to assure the safest possible rehearsal and concert environment for all Choral Society singers and staff. Should you decide to sing this year, we kindly request that you respect the following board decisions: 1. All members must be fully vaccinated in order to participate in rehearsals and concerts – this is to protect fellow choristers, the director and accompanist (Vaccinated persons can still be infected by a non-vaccinated carrier of the virus!! This situation actually occurred this past month within my immediate family.) 2. All members are required to provide proof (CDC card) of vaccination at the first rehearsal – this will also satisfy the agreement criteria with the St. Mark’s Vestry and administration as “any singers using the facility are required to be fully vaccinated” 3. Singers will be required to sign a vaccination agreement waiver which releases the CSWG from possible liability should a positive case occur during the course of the season The board and I certainly respect each individual’s personal decision regarding vaccination and the decision to sing. The organization cannot possibly initiate an active and secure concert season should we ignore the reality of the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Unfortunately, singing creates the “perfect storm” which rapidly and forcefully distributes the virus deep into the lower lobes of the lungs. Without safeguards in place, we are placing ourselves and our colleagues at greater risk of infection. Nothing is more important than the secure health of our members and staff. We are optimistic that our members will be supportive of these decisions as we safely begin a new season once again filled with the joy of singing! Andrew Harry will be with us as accompanist and artistic consultant. Congratulations are also in order for Andrew upon his new appointment as piano and music theory faculty member at Point University! And….stay tuned, for Baby Harry is due in August! Updates: The following is the projected schedule for the concert season. We will proceed with this calendar as of now. My sincerest thanks to the members of our board for their tireless work, support and vision during this past year. Their commitment to provide three remarkable virtual concert offerings kept our organization relevant and connected with our community and supporters.
Choral Society Concert Season 2021-22
No Choral Festival 2022
Winter/Spring Session Rehearsal/Registration: Thursday January 6 Sing, Sing, Sing! Spring Concert Sunday March 27 – 4:00 p.m. First United Methodist ChurchI hope to see you on Thursday September 9!
The Choral Society of West Georgia was created in 2005 by artistic director, Elizabeth Biggs, to offer excellence in community choral music. We are comprised of a diversely rich and varied group of singers who gather weekly to rehearse together to provide the West Georgia and East Alabama areas with outstanding choral concerts. Our multi-generational choir represents a rich cross section of the community population and continues a history of successful and innovative community choral events. The Choral Society encompasses two groups: the LaGrange Civic Choral (SATB) and Bel Canto LaGrange Women's Ensemble. These choirs provide three full concerts per year as well as performing with the WEST GEORGIA CHORAL ARTS FESTIVAL, which is an outreach choral arts experience in a traditional festival setting. Additionally, these groups have recently represented the community with performances in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Internationally, members have performed in Dublin, RI and Belfast, NI. Read more under the PAST PERFORMANCES section of this website.
Welcome to the Choral Society of West Georgia's official website - where you can learn about our group, read about our past concerts, see upcoming events and safely purchase tickets. If you are looking to sing with a community choral group committed to musical and performance excellence then please contact us through the convenient form on the CONTACT US section of this site. Thank you for visiting!
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Choral Society of West Georgia, P.O. Box 151, LaGrange, GA 30241