Singers plan spring concert

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Monday night at the Old School, the talented members of the Demopolis Singers brought therehearsal stage to a close for their upcoming Spring Concert, “Spirit of the South.”

The 40 singers of diverse musical backgrounds will present a number of spiritual hymns such as “I’ll Fly Away,” “Down to the River to Pray,” and “Get on Board, Little Children,” which colorfully celebrate the production’s theme.

There will be two performances of the spring concert, Sunday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m. and Monday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.

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“It’s so wonderful to sing with this caliber of musicians,” choral member and Garden City native Rebecca Lambert, said.

Laura Clements, former singer for the Hawaiian Opera Theatre, will present the infamous song “All That Jazz,” along with several other singers from the chorus including Jan McDonald.

“It’s a chance to get back into it,” Laura Clements said.

Classic show-tunes by musical artists George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Ray Charles will also be incorporated into the concert’s program.

Other tunes the group will sing during the show include “Summertime,” “Louisiana,” “It’s Ragtime,” and hits from Porgy and Bess.

The production will provide the local community with delightful entertainment of cultural quality.

“We have some wonderful artists in this group,” Regie Galloway, the Demopolis Singer’s music director, said.

Regie Galloway is an experienced musician and retired college music professor who brings a rich history of the art to his leading role in the group.

The Demopolis Singer’s Spring Concert is also being sponsored in part by the Two Rivers Arts Council.

The singing group brings together a number of people with a range of different artistic talents.

Karen Davidson and Linda Ray made a valuable and time-consuming contribution to the visual presentation of the production by creating vivid artwork for the backdrop of the stage, which includes a beautiful image of the Black Warrior River.

The Demopolis Singers are well known for the quality of their annual Christmas production and are enthusiastic about presenting their spring concert to the community.

The group’s members have worked hard and have been rehearsing for their upcoming spring concert every Monday evening since January.

Several of the group’s singers commented on how much they have enjoyed being involved with the chorus.

“It is fun. Music is a way of expressing yourself,” choral member Caroline Bell said.

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Performance times for the Demopolis Singers’ spring concert, “Spirit of the South,” are Sunday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m. and Monday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The production will be held at the historic Old School.