Summer Singers group to perform in Cartersville Saturday

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Titled “Elemental Beauty: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, Heart,” the Northwest Georgia Summer Singers will present a “great mix of musical selections” Saturday. Beginning at 7 p.m., the concert will be performed at Heritage Baptist Church, 1070 Douthit Ferry Road in Cartersville.

“This is my first year singing with the Northwest Georgia Summer Singers,” said Cartersville resident Jeff Tindall. “I learned of it last year from fellow members from my church choir. After attending their performance last year, I was really excited to join the group this year. I enjoy singing with the Canterbury Choir at Church of the Ascension and miss our rehearsals when we take a break during the summer. The Northwest [Georgia] Summer Singers is a great opportunity to keep your voice active during the summer, meet some new folks and make beautiful music.

“... [Saturday’s concert] includes themes from earth, wind, fire and water. In addition to the main choir, there will be performances by a children’s choir, a women’s choir, men’s choir and a handbell choir. There is a great mix of musical selections — songs you know like ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water;’ hymnals, like ‘Unclouded Day;’ and choral pieces, like ‘Seal Lullaby.’ ‘Seal Lullaby’ is an interesting piece by Eric Whitacre. It was originally developed as a score to a major motion picture, but the movie ended up being scrapped when they decided to make ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ instead.”

He continued, “I am most looking forward to sharing the fruits of our hard work with friends and family. One of my favorite pieces is a mashup of ‘I Love You’ and Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World.’ What makes it special is that we are all split into two separate choirs singing different melodies with a soloist singing a third. It is truly beautiful how it all comes together.”

Starting six years ago, the Northwest Georgia Summer Singers currently is under the direction of Euharlee resident Charles Nelson and features 45 vocalists.

“NWGSS began in the summer of 2010 as a musical outreach of the William Baker Choral Foundation to provide a quality singing experience during the summer months,” said Nelson, who serves as NWGSS’ musical director and conductor. “Since becoming the director in 2014, the NWGSS has seen a substantial growth in membership and an expansion in choral styles and genres represented through their music. Our short-term goal is to present an excellent concert this Saturday, Aug. 6. Long-term goals include continued growth during the summer months and the implementation of a ‘school year’ audition group — the Northwest Georgia Festival Singers.

“NWGSS is a group of 45 singers who range in age from 20 to 80. The majority are from Bartow County; however, we have members from Paulding, Floyd, Cobb and DeKalb counties as well. Singing abilities range from post high school chorus members — some who haven’t sung since high school — to singers with specialist degrees in music education. We have former Atlanta Symphony Orchestra members, community and church choir members, Lynn Swanson Festival Singers and other summer singers groups members. One of our members is a part of the Scenic City Chorus. We are a lovely, diverse group of singers.”

Tickets, which cost $10 per person, will be available at the door or in advance at https://northwestgeorgiasummersingers.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from the event will go toward “the expansion of choral music opportunities in Bartow County,” Nelson said.

For more information about NWGSS, visit http://www.festivalsingers.org/northwest-georgia-summer-singers.