Woman's Afternoon Music Club to present free concert in Sumter

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The Woman's Afternoon Music Club will present An Afternoon of Sacred Music at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Holy Comforter. The concert is one of two presented by the club annually, each featuring members and guests in a variety of vocal and musical performances. The club also presents the Festival of Choirs on the first Sunday of Advent each December, during which choirs from around the area alternate singing Christmas music to usher in the season.

The music to be performed Sunday is varied, but all pieces are sacred.

Organist Hamilton Stoddard will open the concert with John Stanley's Allegro from Voluntary V.

Among the musicians on the program is the Woman's Afternoon Music Club Ensemble, directed by Tammy Williams; they will sing Richard Rossi's "What Wondrous Love Is This" and Johannes Brahms' "O Sacred Head Now Wounded." Kyla Kitterman will play cello on the Brahms piece.

Susan Hutson on piano and Brandi Sloan on violin will also perform a Brahms work, Sonata #1 in G Major, Opus 78, and Annette Matthews and Eddie Huss, pianists, will play Brahms' Waltzes, Opus 36. Matthews and Huss will also play Samuel Barber's Adagio from Souvenirs, Opus 28.

Alex Beaton will play the oboe solo on Ennio Morricone's "Gabriel's Oboe" and Cesar Franck's Panis Angelicus. He will join violinist Lauren Decker and organist Hamilton Stoddard for Georg-Telemann's Largo.

Deborah Horton will direct the Crestwood High School Chamber Choir in three a cappella pieces - the Moses Hogan/Rollo Dilworth arrangement of the spiritual "My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord"; Daniel Gawthrop's anthem, "Sing Me to Heaven"; and the Mark Hayes arrangement of the spiritual "Soon I Will Be Done."

Soprano Caroline Mack will solo on Adolf Schlosser's "He that Keepeth Israel from Elijah," Adolpf Schlosser's musical setting of Psalm 121:4, and the gospel song "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," arranged by Margaret Bonds. Mack will be accompanied by pianist Kay Rasmussen.

Organist Linda Coyne will conclude the program with Jehan Alain's Litanies.

The Woman's Afternoon Music Club has been in existence for 101 years and comprises members who love and perform music. The club sponsors its two concerts each year for the enjoyment of the Sumter community and also holds a scholarship competition every spring with monetary awards for student winners.

Admission to the 3 p.m. Sunday An Afternoon of Sacred Music is free, and the public is invited to attend the concert at the Church of the Holy Comforter on the southeast corner of North Main and Calhoun streets.