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West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society sets spring concert
by Bill Baldowski
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The choral society performs ‘The Wizard and I’ from ‘Wicked’ during the 2013 Spring concert.
Special Photo The choral society performs ‘The Wizard and I’ from ‘Wicked’ during the 2013 Spring concert.
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Flautist Leah Smith performs with her father, Mark Smith, during a choral society concert in 2008.
Special Photo Flautist Leah Smith performs with her father, Mark Smith, during a choral society concert in 2008.
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Katarina Obermeyer and soloist Christina Coker perform ‘Prayer of St. Francis’ during the 2013 Spring concert.
Special Photo Katarina Obermeyer and soloist Christina Coker perform ‘Prayer of St. Francis’ during the 2013 Spring concert.
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Guitarist David Pippin and accompanist Lora Isler perform ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ during a 2013 concert.
Special Photo Guitarist David Pippin and accompanist Lora Isler perform ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ during a 2013 concert.
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Soloist Babbie Mason performs with the chorale on ‘Georgia on my Mind’ during the 2013 Spring concert.
Special Photo Soloist Babbie Mason performs with the chorale on ‘Georgia on my Mind’ during the 2013 Spring concert.
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From left, Andrew Otwell and William Callaway perform with the chorale in the 2009 Spring concert.
Special Photo From left, Andrew Otwell and William Callaway perform with the chorale in the 2009 Spring concert.
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The late pop music songwriter and bandleader Frank Zappa had a unique understanding of the importance of music in one’s life.

“Without music to decorate it,” he said, “tims is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”

It is in an effort to enhance one’s life through the enjoyment of music and artistic expression that epitomizes the West Atlanta / Douglas Choral Society.

According to Waverly Rainey, the choral society’s artistic director and conductor, the 2013-14 concert season, which includes its Easter/spring concert Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Douglas County High School, represents the chorale’s third decade and 27th concert season.

“This concert season represents over a quarter-century of successful programming and community service for the chorale,” he said. “As a result, the chorale is the longest running, and largest serving, chorale in the area representing Douglas County, west Atlanta and west Georgia.”

In addition to its regular featured artists, organist and pianist William Callaway, this spring concert will also highlight the talents of guitarist David Pippin, who has a musical repertoire ranging from Latin and jazz numbers to rhythm and blues selections.

Ballet and interpretive dancer Katarina Obermeyer also is set to perform.

“These artists will certainly create a spirit of joy and seasonal good cheer in Douglas County,” Rainey said.

Its concert reflects a long history of great performances and featured guest artists who have performed with the chorale, including a 2000 concert featuring the Armed Forces Concert Band.

From 2003 to 2005, the chorale’s chamber singers performed for the annual Douglas County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.

In addition, featured groups which have performed with the group include the internationally renowned Atlanta Boy Choir and the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, as well as the Georgia Boy Choir and the Georgia Regional Girl’s Choir.

In 1996, the chorale initiated performance proposals to both the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the Cultural Olympiad Program.

The chorale has performed for events in historic Douglas County projects, including those at the old and new Douglas County Courthouse and the National Music Foundation.

Rainey said the philosophy of the choral society is to entertain, educate and minister to children and adults in the Douglas County and west Georgia area.

“In that process, we bring a variety of programming to those attending our concerts, including a variety of repertoires and guest artists,” he said.

For more information on the concert, call (770) 920-1662 or visit www.wadcs.org.

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