Southern Serenade to Spring

The Choral Society of West Georgia marked its final concert of the 2018-19 season on Sunday May 6th featuring Bel Canto LaGrange Women’s Ensemble. This unique choir under the direction of artistic director, Bettie Biggs features choral music specifically arranged and performed for treble choirs highlighting the beauty of women’s voices in concert.

A Southern Serenade to Spring celebrated the diversity and beauty of music originating from the South. From the Appalachians to the Mississippi Delta, these songs were a tribute to the music which sprang from the rich resources of the Southern homelands. A wide variety of pieces were performed from lonesome mountain love ballads to the soul stirring music of the African American spiritual.

Joining Bel Canto this year was the unique Atlanta based instrumental duo known as Bow and Banjo. Featuring Erica Ransbottom on cello and Jody Hughes on banjo, these superb musicians were a perfect compliment to the choral performances of the afternoon. The instrumental blend of two rarely heard instruments together added an interesting and rich contrast to the entire program.

Featuring Cindy Brown on piano, Rick Adams, guest commentator, and Sim Crisler, percussion the large audience was completely entertained on a glorious spring afternoon.  To perfectly compliment the concert, performers and audience members attended a reception in the St. Mark’s Parish Hall immediately following the performance.

Here are a few photos from this wonderful event.