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Lillies of the Valley to perform harmonic blends at Sautee
-Lilies photo 2010
The Lillies of the Valley perform Oct. 8 at the Sautee Center Theater. Members are Lisa Deaton, Anne Greene, Courtney Johnston, Lisa Mount, Rebecca Steele, Joanne Steele, Dede Vogt and Debbielee Whelchel.

Lillies of the Valley

Where: Sautee Nacoochee Center Theatre, Sautee

Tickets: $22, $16 for SNCA members and $8 for ages 6-17 (prices include tax).

Buy them: online or by calling 706-878-3300

A group of eight women will serenade listeners with their blend of harmonies in a concert at the Sautee Nachoochee Center.

The women call themselves Lillies of the Valley and will provide a night of music Oct. 8 at the center, 283 Ga. 255 N. in Sautee Nacoochee, White County.

The singers and singer-songwriters include Lisa Deaton, Anne Greene, Courtney Johnston, Lisa Mount, Rebecca Steele, Joanne Steele, Dede Vogt and Debbielee Whelchel. Susan Johnson will provide percussion.

The Lilies perform music that includes traditional gospel, blues, contemporary folk and rock.

Most group members play guitar, with a mix of banjo (Mount and Whelchel), mandolin (Vogt), harmonica (Steele) and bass (Vogt and Deaton).

"We're a group of women who love singing together and we produce a relaxed but refreshing, exciting sound," said Vogt, who has been called "the backbone of the acoustic scene."

The songs in Friday's concert will feature each singer individually or in a duet, while other numbers will bring the whole group together, including the folk-rock anthem "Get Together." Gospel songs such as "Angel Band" and "Glory Bound" will feature soaring harmonies. The concert also will include original songs from Vogt ("Jump Over Your Shadow") and Mount ("It Don't Make No Nevermind to Me").

"The first moment of the Lilies came when Rebecca Steele, Courtney Johnston and Sherry Kling sang ‘Hard Times' in the 2007 and 2008 productions of Headwaters," said Lisa Mount, Headwaters producer and director. "SNCA Arts Program co-Director Tommy Deadwyler heard that song and thought that it could be the basis of a terrific concert."

Previous shows in 2008 and 2009 were met with standing ovations and a demand for more concerts.

Only 100 tickets are available for the show, to be held in the Center Theatre.

"We wanted to hear the Lilies in the perfect acoustics the Center Theatre offers," Deadwyler said. "And we know that tickets will sell out fast because the seating is so limited."

Tickets are $22, $16 for SNCA members and $8 for ages 6-17 (prices include tax). They can be bought online at www.snca.org or by calling 706-878-3300.

The concert will be part of the ninth annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days which runs through Oct 31. The international network of events aims to promote tolerance and humanity in memory of the slain journalist. Since 2002, it has grown to include more than 4,900 performances in 102 countries. For more information, visit danielpearldays.org.

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