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Letter: Churches lend support for community through arts

Several of our area churches are currently filling a vital role in their support of the performing arts on behalf of the greater community.

These efforts often do not receive sufficient publicity to guarantee widespread familiarity, and one might incorrectly assume that the excellent programs they sponsor and bring to our community are only intended for the membership of the sponsoring congregations. That, most certainly, is not the case.

Gainesville is blessed with individuals who greatly appreciate beautiful music and professional drama. Our church sanctuaries and social halls offer great spaces with suitable acoustics for such presentations. Recently, Grace Episcopal Church hosted a wonderful performance by Kinnara, a talented vocal ensemble.

Over the next three Sunday afternoons in February, three other churches will host the following performances. Some are presented free of charge. Some request a modest donation at the door for adults. All of them are free for students and children, making excellent, affordable outings for families.

On Feb. 11, the Lanier Chamber Singers will sing at Gainesville First United Methodist Church, directed by John LaForge. On Feb. 18, the Atlanta-based Coro Vocati will perform in the chapel of First Baptist Church, directed by Dr. John Dickson from Louisiana State University. Feb. 25 will see the Bulldog Brass Society from the UGA Hodgson School of Music in concert at First Presbyterian Church.

I encourage all interested individuals to contact these churches for performance times and directions, if needed. Together, we can all participate in treasuring the arts in community.

Michael Henry


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