The West Atlanta / Douglas Choral Society is planning its 2017-18 concert season.

The West Atlanta / Douglas Choral Society (WADCS) Inc., will present its 30th traditional “The Family Christmas Variety Concert” for the community on Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. at The Douglas County High School (DCHS) Performing Arts Hall (Mashburn Theater) in Douglasville.

The venue has been renovated with new artistic resources along with a new concert format. The performance will be led by Artistic Director / Music Conductor, Waverly Rainey, with William Callaway (Concert Organist / Pianist and WADCS Charter Accompanist).

“Come and join in the joy and spirit of seasonal music and good cheer,” a news release stated.

“In this 2017 - 2018 Concert Season, we are emphasizing in all our PR that we are celebrating and affirming both our historical third decade and 30th concert season for over a quarter century of successful programming and community service as the longest presence and professional chorale in the area representing Douglas County and West Atlanta / West Georgia!”

The Christmas performance traditionally has included community carol singing, variety of audience favorite choral anthems, ‘Messiah’ selections, chant, solos to quartets and other choral ensembles, children / youth choirs, handbells, brass, harp, harpsichord, hammered dulcimer, violin, flute “and seasonal good cheer in Douglas County!”

Artists for the Christmas Concert will be WADCS Inc. featured guest artists The Georgia Boy Tour Choir (Internationally Renowned Ensemble Recently Touring Scotland and Ireland), Mimi Gentry (Soloist), Rick Quinton (Concert Pianist and WADCS Assistant Accompanist), William Callaway (Concert Organist / Pianist and WADCS Charter Accompanist), and others.

As stated by the WADCS board, "We are very excited, proud and honored to present once again each of these featured guest artists and their repertoire. The artistry of each of these musicians reflects the variety and quality of performers and diverse programming that WADCS rejoices in bringing to our audience and community. In so doing, WADCS continues to educate, entertain and minister to our Douglas County and West Atlanta / West Georgia area at the Douglas County High School Performing Arts Hall (Mashburn Theater) which has been renovated with new artistic resources."

The performance repertoire will include both sacred and secular Christmas selections such as "The First Noel / Pachelbel's Canon" (Arr. Clawson), "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Dello Joio), "Christ Child, Christ Child" (Chaplin, Arr. Ades), "Before The Marvel Of This Night (Schalk), "Ding Dong Merrily On High" (Arr. Pavone), "Hodie! Emmanuel! Gloria!" (Price). Other chorale selections and audience carols will be performed with special selections by our featured guest artists.

“This concert will be a wonderful way to celebrate this special season!”

Seating is limited for the Douglasville Concert at $10 apiece. Tickets may be obtained easily by making a tax deductible donation to its “Contribution / Subscription Series” (mail contribution to WADCS, Inc., P.O. Box 6471, Douglasville, Georgia 30154, see website address at www.wadcs.org for contribution levels).

Likewise, tickets may be purchased from chorale members, Kroger Stores service desks in Douglasville, or at the concert if available.

“To be sensitive to our audience and recording technicians, only children ages 6 and over will be admitted! Thank you for your cooperation!” the release stated.

The DCHS Performing Arts Hall (Mashburn Theater) is located at 8705 Campbellton St., Douglasville. For more information, contact 770-942-6301 and visit the chorale's website at www.wadcs.org.

The WADCS is a nonprofit organization under the direction of its Board of Directors and artistic director / music conductor who teaches private music lessons in Douglasville.

It is supported by its membership, as well as community businesses and individual contributors. Those interested in supporting the chorale financially or through services and receive concert tickets / other benefits may follow the process above and is greatly appreciated.


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