Artists in Action: JSU offers diverse entertainment for fall, AHS graduate spotlighted
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
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The JSU Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Patricia Corbin, perform in the annual Renaissance Madrigal Dinner in Leone Cole Auditorium. Photo: Submitted photo
The JSU Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Patricia Corbin, perform in the annual Renaissance Madrigal Dinner in Leone Cole Auditorium. Photo: Submitted photo
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A multi-course feast and dinner theater entertainment — Renaissance style — await those who attend JSU’s Madrigal Dinner Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. It will be in Leone Cole Auditorium at 7 p.m., and the doors open at 6:15 p.m. Directed by Patricia Corbin and assisted by Meg Griffin, it features a farcical tale as the story line, written by students and Corbin, and singing by JSU’s Chamber Singers, a group within the A Capella Choir. And there will be audience participation. This year, the Weaver High School Choir will join the company, directed by Paula Segrest.

“It will be a colorful, fun evening for all ages,” commented Dr. Corbin, who has now directed the event for 14 years.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, by noon on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The prices are regular seats, $32; children’s seats, $20; and preferred seating, $55. To make reservations, call the choral music department at 256-782-5544.

Anniston High graduate featured in newsletter

James Barton, a 1978 graduate of Anniston High School, is spotlighted in the October newsletter published by the Gospel Music Workshop of America, an international organization. Barton now sings and plays the keyboard with a group called God’s Chosen. The group has just released their first CD, “Down Memory Lane.” Currently, Barton is the senior pastor of Speak the Work Outreach Ministry in Phenix City. He is a member of the James Cleveland National Choir, the Atlanta Masonic Reunion Choir and a musician at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church in Phenix City.

A picture of Barton’s grandfather, the late George W. Washington, along with several other prominent men in south Anniston’s past, is seen on a plaque in John Nettles Park on South Christine Avenue. Washington was pastor at St. John’s United Methodist Church in the 1940s. His wife, Mattie Washington, was a Girl Scout leader. The church still stands on the southeast corner of the park.

JSU Orchestra concert Nov. 26

Christmas comes in different packages. To open an early Christmas gift that brings good tidings, come to the JSU/Community Orchestra’s Fall Concert on Nov. 26 and hear melodies fit for festivity. The concert, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stone Center on the JSU campus, features music by Mozart, Vivaldi, Brahms and Leo Delibes that, granted, are not your usual Yuletide songs, but they are festive and will put you in the celebratory mood.

The concert is a free event.

The compositions represent different time periods — Classical, Baroque and Romantic — but they all are characteristic of the music written in the Classical period when composers were concerned with simple beauty in their design and appealing melodies and harmonies, according to Mike Gagliardo, orchestra conductor. The composers on the program are well known. But Gagliardo said some of the music will be new to the audience.

“The output of these composers was so wide that some of their works are just not selected for concerts often,” he said.

Mozart’s composition “Kassation No. 1” was written when he was 13 years old. At that point, he was already sophisticated in his writing, having taken pen to paper when he was only three. The piece was written to celebrate the end of an academic year. Especially rousing is his Menuetto movement.

The concert’s most dramatic piece is Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5,” which reflects his delight in gypsy folk music and dances. When the German composer wrote his first set of Hungarian Dances in 1859, it is said that music lovers stopped this short, stocky, scholarly man (who smoked a pipe) on the street to ask for his autograph. In the two Brahms pieces, listeners will hear melodies that seem to laugh one moment and cry the next.
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