‘The Lord Nelson Mass’
What: The Voices of North Georgia
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Lakewood Baptist Church Chapel, Gainesville.
Cost: $15, $12 seniors and students, $5 children age 11 and younger.
More info: 770-536-1924
Members of the Voices of North Georgia are ready to wrap up their season, but this time they’re going out with a twist: The choral group is adding a multimedia feature to entertain and educate.
While performing a mass by Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn, the choral will be accompanied by still images and short films on three large screens at Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville. TJ and Sharon Johns, both church members, helped Voices conductor Bruce Nunely create a PowerPoint spread timed to the music.
The idea is to show the audience digestible pieces of history to illustrate the time frame of Hadyn’s work, concentrating on British Adm. Lord Horatio Nelson’s rise to victory and subsequent death leading up to the Battle of Trafalgar.
Nunely said he feels the compositions accurately capture the mood of the time and people, who ironically were going through a period of financial and political turmoil similar to ours.
Formerly of Brenau University, actor Scott Fugate will perform soliloquies between movements as if he were witnessing the struggles and elations.
Area musicians also are lending their talents to accompany the choral as a sort of mini-orchestra. Nunely said both music lovers and history buffs will enjoy this unique format, made possible, he adds, through a Grassroots Arts Program grant administered by The Arts Council.
He also hopes concertgoers will find comfort in knowing that times of unrest come and go, and peace will eventually follow — a strong message carried in Haydn’s works.