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PJC Chorale to perform Tuesday, April 18

Published or Revised April 12, 2006

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Members of the PJC Chorale received special instruction from Eva Williams, choral director at Roxton Independent School District and former PJC Chorale member, during a recent rehearsal for its April 18 spring presentation at First United Methodist Church in Paris.

The Paris Junior College Chorale will light up the Paris First United Methodist Church sanctuary with music Tuesday, April 18, with its “Spring Choral Showcase.”

This free concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will feature a varied repertoire that includes both classical and Broadway selections. The Chorale will begin the concert by celebrating the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with a presentation of “Dies Irae” from the Requiem.

Then they will perform a beautiful choral selection in French by Faure entitled, “Cantique de Jean Racine”. The Stradivarius String Quartet of Dallas will accompany both of these pieces.

In addition, the Chorale always salutes their favorite Broadway musicals in song. This year favorites include medleys from “Wicked”, “Rent”, and “The Phantom of the Opera”. National Association of Teachers of Singing semi-finalist Slade Burgess will sing “Love to Me” from the current Broadway hit, “The Light in the Piazza.”

The choir will end the evening with a rousing rendition of a spiritual entitled, “Order My Steps”. Eva Williams, choral director at Roxton Independent School District and former PJC Chorale member, stopped by a Chorale rehearsal recently and conducted a clinic on just the right style for performing this piece, which was written by Glenn Burleigh.

PJC Chorale director, Pat Fowzer invites the community to attend this annual concert, which is open to the public. Charles Shelton, Johnny Hicks, and Dottie Billman will serve as accompanists for the evening, and Cody McDowell will provide percussion effects.

Members of the PJC Chorale include: Josh Baker, Marcus Bailey, Pat Bell, Quinton Bell, April Black, Jennifer Bridgers, Donald Conklin, Chris Curtis, Dania Dewese, Tiffany Edwards, Cari Fortenberry, Joe Gawlik, Daniel Hays, Johnny Hicks, Chace Holt, Samantha House, Donovan Irby, Jamaal Jones, Katherine Jones, Sheila A. Kyle, Kristie Lawrence, Latona Long, Josh Maxwell, Erin McDowell, Cody McDowell, Marilee Miller, Michael Moore, Amber Orr, Whitney Palmer, Johnna Patterson, Cody Phifer, Chuey Potter, Glenn Pruitt, Rachel Ray, Zac Ressler, Krystal Robinson, Lauren Salyer, Charley Scott, Michelle Seward, Dori Somerville, Winona Tatum, Brandi Taylor, Meshaya Wallace, Ashley Wrice.

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