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Boys Choir, Choral Society combine talents to present Simmons-O’Neal Concert

- STAFF REPORT Compiled by Susan Pierce.

Members of the Chattanoog­a Boys Choir and Chattanoog­a Choral Society for the Preservati­on of African-American Song will join voices Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9, for their 28th Simmons-O’Neal Memorial Concert in First-Centenary United Methodist Church.

This annual concert honors two revered Chattanoog­a music educators who were previous directors of the groups.

Edmonia Simmons, a public school music teacher in the former Chattanoog­a City Schools system, was a founding director of the Choral Society. Everett O’Neal, longtime CBC director, was a public school music teacher and supervisor. The two were close friends and contribute­d

to the developmen­t of music and music education throughout Chattanoog­a.

Among their musical selections, the CBC choristers will perform “Song of Myself” by John Michael Trotta, “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God” by Michael Burkhart, a barbershop arrangemen­t of “Over the Rainbow” and the traditiona­l Sotho song “Mangwani Mpulele.”

The Choral Society and the Boys Choir will combine to close the program with Andrea Ramsey’s anthem “I Lift My Voice” and Richard Smallwood’s “Total Praise.”

Admission is free, however an offering will be collected. Proceeds from that collection will be divided between the two choirs’ scholarshi­p funds.

This program is presented as part of the annual performanc­e series offered by the Chattanoog­a Music Club.

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