The Madison Choral Society will hold its 30th anniversary concerts next week.
The annual spring events will be held at 7p.m. April 28 at the Orange Baptist Church, 123 W. Main St., Orange and at 4:30 p.m. April 30 at the Mt. Caramel Church, 1735 W. Hoover Rd. in Haywood. The concerts, titled “Grateful Praise” celebrate the non-profit group’s 30th anniversary and will feature a variety of spiritual music including Schubert’s “Mass In G,” “All Creatures Of Our God,” and “Hymn Of Grateful Praise.”
The group composed primarily of Madison, Orange and Greene county residents focuses on providing quality spiritual music free of charge to the community and traditionally holds concerts in the spring and at Christmas. The Madison Choral Society meets weekly at the Madison United Methodist Church to practice for about 15 weeks before concerts. The group holds no auditions; anyone from the community brave enough to belt out a tune is welcome to join although an ability to read music is strongly suggested.
Ginny Pegalow, current president of the organization, is enthusiastic about the upcoming concerts and encourages Madison and Orange residents to attend.
“We’re looking forward to the concerts,” she said. “This spring we have prepared a good selection of music and our 31 singers have been practicing. It is a great opportunity for everyone to hear traditional spiritual music.”
Betty Rollins, a member of the Madison Choral Society since its beginning in 1986 also encouraged members of the community to come to the concerts.
“I have enjoyed being a part of this for the past 30 years,” she said. “We provide an opportunity both to sing and listen to spiritual music. We welcome anyone to join our group or come to our concerts. I have been involved with the group since 1986 when it became the Madison Choral Society. The group actually began in 1977 when Graves Mill musician Keith Wagner organized a group of Madison County people to sing Handel’s ‘Messiah.’ The group restructured in the fall of 1986 with a nine-member board and in 1998 became a 501 c(3) [non-profit].”
Pegalow stressed that the concerts are free to attend and invites all in the surrounding areas to attend.
“Our concerts are free and open to all,” she said. “We do encourage donations; putting on concerts takes money. While this is not-for-profit we still have to buy sheet music and pay accompanists. Local people have been very generous with us and it allows our group to go on. Anyone wishing to contribute can do so at one of the concerts or through the Give Local Piedmont online giving event on May 2.”
Over the years the group has performed in many languages including German, Spanish and even Latin and at many venues across Orange and Madison counties.
The group has between 26- 40 members and encourages prospective singers to come to a practice session at the Madison United Methodist Church on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. After the upcoming concerts, the Madison Choral Society will take a break for the summer months. Regular practice sessions will resume in September in preparation for the 2017 Christmas concerts.
For more information about the upcoming concerts or the Madison Choral Society, contact Ginny Pegalow at 923-4085 or Betty Rollins at 672-3297.