Haywood Community Chorus spring concert

Arts & Entertainment
Waynesville First United Methodist Church
566 S Haywood St., Waynesville
May 07, 2017
4:00 PM

Haywood Community Chorus, directed by Kathy Geyer McNeil, will perform their spring concert on Sunday May 7th, 4:00 PM at the Waynesville First United Methodist Church. The concert features Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass, a joyful, toe-tapping and soul-soothing piece written by Ray in 1979.

Thirty-eight years ago, when Robert Ray wrote Gospel Mass, it was an experimental piece planned for a one-time performance, the first work he’d ever written. He was pleasantly surprised when his composition was welcomed by standing-room only audiences and became a solid influence on African American music. His now well-known Mass is currently performed by choirs and churches worldwide.

In addition to Gospel Mass, the 84-member chorus will perform the peaceful Psalm 8 by Dan Forest, a medley of songs written by George and Ira Gershwin, a sixties medley, music by Burt Bacharach and Carol Bayer Sager, and other spiritual and contemporary pieces. Soloists for the concert are all Haywood Community Chorus singers:  Deborah Beasley, Steve Berwager, Tammie Crawford, Ed Davis, Patti Denson, Kay Edwards, Jean Howell, Kate Kasun, Kendra Medford, Lee Thomas, Keith Stiles, Jan Treston, Kathleen Vogt, Yona Wade, and Jayne Williams.

Kathy Geyer McNeil directs the chorus and is also Director of Music for Grace Church in the Mountains and Associate Director of the Junaluska Singers; this is her third concert as director of the community chorus. The chorus is accompanied for this concert by guest pianist Kyle Ritter, Director of Music at All Souls Cathedral in Asheville.