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October 23, 2014

ARTISTS IN ACTION: Civic Chorale recruiting new singers

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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 1:26 am

If you are a singer who welcomes the challenge of learning and performing choral masterworks, Patricia Corbin, the director of choral activities at JSU, invites you to the chorale’s fall meeting Monday at 7:15 p.m. in the Performance Center of Mason Hall at JSU.

“New singers are invited to come to the first rehearsal and experience the Chorale without further obligation,” Corbin said. “In our concerts we perform selections, often seasonal on the liturgical calendar, that are not performed often so being an active participant in these classical selections is a valuable opportunity.”

The singers are members of the community, JSU students and faculty. Dues for community members and non-enrolled students are $35.

The chorale meets every Monday night (except for Labor Day) until the final performance of the season. The group’s winter concert will be Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. at Church of St. Michael and All Angels, featuring works by composers Bach and Vivaldi. Teresa Stricklin and Nathan Wight will be soloists in the program. A small string ensemble will accompany both works.

For more information, contact Corbin at 256-782-5544.

Writers of Calhoun County meet Friday

They are poets, songwriters, novelists, short story writers. Creative minds who love to write can find support and camaraderie in the Writers of Calhoun County. The group’s focus is the business side of writing, according to Sherry Kughn, who founded WCC with Alice Duckett. Meetings will resume at noon Friday in the Patio Room at Parker Memorial Baptist Church’s Christian Life Center. New writers are cordially invited.

Editor and attorney Bobby Frese will speak and bring guest writer Sue Wiygul, author of “Out of the Whirlpool.” Frese is an intellectual property lawyer with a 35-year background in trademarks, copyrights and literary property. The program will center on the impact of the Internet on the book publishing industry in general.

“My talk is one man’s opinion on the radically changing nature of the hardcover book business and the options available for delivering content in that form,” Frese said.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, email sherrykughn@hotmail.com or aliceduckett@cableone.net.

Rehearsals under way for murder-mystery

Save the date and save your money for The Junior League of Anniston-Calhoun’s mystery dinner theater, the group’s largest annual fundraiser, 7 p.m. Oct. 23-24 at the Anniston Country Club. Mike Stedham’s play “Unprincipled” takes place in a school where nothing is going right (schedule-wise or morally) on the first day. There will be a silent auction. JL members will be selling tickets, $50 each, beginning Sept.10. Tickets can also be requested at jlanniston@gmail.com, or visit the Junior League’s Facebook page.

Making house calls for music

 Piano and acting lessons will be taught by Eric Traynor beginning in September. Adults and children may go to his studio in Anniston or he will teach in their homes.

Traynor’s instructors at JSU were Ann and Ron Surace. He has been musical director for CAST, Child’s Play Touring Theater based in Chicago, Storybook Theatre and The Barn Dinner Theatre (both in Greensboro, N.C.) and Rags to Riches Theatre in Durham, N.C. The pianist has also written and directed at least 12 children’s productions at JSU.

“I am looking for students who want to learn how to play the piano in many different ways,” Traynor said. “There are some who are content to get a piece of music and learn it by rote, but there are also those who want to create their own songs and melodies. It will be classical training with fun and ear training.”

He will also teach both adults and children about the business of acting, and focus on audition pieces.

To contact Traynor text 256-770-1298 or email etraynor0829@yahoo.com.

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