FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
To the Editor:
Thirty-two singers, 12 instrumentalists, four conductors and a crowd of approximately 200 gathered Sunday afternoon in Keihin Auditorium for the “Sacred Music Through Ages” concert presented by the Edgecombe Community Chorus.
Becky Johnson and Robert Sparks, co-directors, invited Lloyd Owens, choir director and organist at Calvary Episcopal Church and Bill Hilderbrandt, choir director and organist at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church, to join them in a concert of sacred music of various genres. Baroque, classical, gospel, spiritual, praise and worship, and hymn tunes were celebrated during the afternoon of music. Musicians included a string trio, harpist, brass quartet, flautist, percussionist and pianist. The program included Haydn’s “The Heavens are Telling” featured Brent Nash, Michael Taylor and Caswell Shaw in trio, Kay Hindsley, soloist on “Days of Elijah” and Brandon Woody, soloist on “Midnight Cry”. The piano accompanists were Bill Hilderbrandt and Becky Johnson.
Appreciation goes to the Daily Southerner reporter Miranda Baines, Edgecombe Community College, Eric Greene, Edgecombe County Public Schools, Debbie Davis, members of the chorus, First Baptist Church and St. James United Methodist Church. Three grocery carts of canned goods and $700 was collected in donations for Tarboro Community Outreach from the public who attended the concert.
We thank our Tarboro/Edgecombe community for supporting us through their attendance and TCO donations. Thank you, Edgecombe Community Chorus members, for your preparation and presentation. You are wonderful!
co-director, Edgecombe Community Chorus