Sumter music club presents Afternoon of Sacred Music

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 3/6/19

The Woman's Afternoon Music Club will present An Afternoon of Sacred Music at 3 p.m. on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church.

The concert, one of two presented by the club each year, features members and guests in a variety of vocal and …

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Sumter music club presents Afternoon of Sacred Music

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The Woman's Afternoon Music Club will present An Afternoon of Sacred Music at 3 p.m. on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church.

The concert, one of two presented by the club each year, features members and guests in a variety of vocal and instrumental 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 welcome the season.

Sunday's program will begin with a welcome from Betsy Ridgeway, president of the Woman's Afternoon Music Club, and a prayer by the Rev. Nick Cheek, pastor of First Presbyterian Church. Organist Bill Scobee will open the concert with J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, followed by Ludwig Beethoven's "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee," played by Evan Thompson on trumpet and Hamilton Stoddard on organ.

The Woman's Afternoon Music Club Ensemble will sing Josef Rheinberger's "Adoramus Te" from his Drei lateinische Opus 96. Tammy Williams, organist and choir director at Mayesville Presbyterian Church, will conduct, and Patti Croft will accompany the ensemble.

Violinist Lauren Decker with Stoddard on piano will play Meditation from Tha s, the opera by the 19th century composer Jules Massenet, and soprano Bella Land will sing "The Lord Is My Light" by Oley Speaks.

Georg Telemann's Sonata in a minor will be played by Alex Beaton on oboe and Stoddard on piano; and Annette Matthews and Eddie Huss, pianists, will duet on Felix Mendelssohn's Allegro Brilliant, Opus 92.

The congregation will be invited to sing the hymn "Immortal, Invisible" as Tammy Williams accompanies on organ, and trumpeter Thompson and organist Stoddard will play another version of the hymn, Dallas Blair's setting based on the tune to St. Denio, a traditional Welsh ballad.

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. March 10 An Afternoon of Sacred Music is free, and the public is invited to attend the concert at First Presbyterian Church on the northwest corner of North Main and Calhoun streets.