Up & Coming Weekly

March 14, 2023

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 16 UCW MARCH 15 - 21, 2023 Join the Cumberland Choral Arts for their upcoming concert, "Got Ear Candy?" Friday, March 24 at Jack Britt High School, beginning at 7:30 p.m. "Ear candy is that music we love to hear and sing over and over again," explained Sandy Cage, alto and President of the Board of Directors for Cumberland Choral Arts. "e harmo- nies really stand out in the pieces we'll be singing, and we're having such a good time rehearsing them." With a run-time of around 90 min- utes with intermission, the family- friendly performance will feature about 20 octavos or small pieces of choral music, many of which were chosen by members of the choir. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Martin and Assistant Director, Amy Stovall, concert-goers will be treated to a mix of songs, styles and genres that promise a little something for everyone. In addition to CCA, attendees will also hear performances by the Campbellton Youth Chorus, directed by Sarah Szopinski; Cross Creek Cho- rale; and the Jack Britt High School Chorus, led by Richard Butler. With piano accompaniment provided by Susan Eissle, the evening promises to be a showcase of the enormous talent found here in Cumberland County. e concert, sponsored in part by community donations and a grant from the Arts Council, is a passion- ate tribute to the art of music and the magic it can often create. Founded in 1991, the Cumberland Choral Arts is "dedicated to bringing classical choral works to the greater Cumberland County area," according to their website. e choir, now over 100 voices strong, continues to grow and is always on the lookout for new members. "We're always excited to have more people join our group," Cage offered. "We're a community choir; anyone who wants to sing can sing — no audi- tions necessary. We're thrilled we've reached 100, and we're excited to keep growing." e same invitation extends to Cumberland County's next generation of singers. e Campbellton Youth Choir, with over 30 members, wishes to open its doors to even more youth in the community who have the urge to sing. "Children can join the youth choir at no cost," Cage explained. "It's important to create that space for any child that wants to sing in a group — it's just us making sure we do what we can to encourage the future of choral music." Tickets for "Got Ear Candy?" are $15 for general admission and $5 for stu- dents. For those wanting to purchase their tickets early, visit https://www. cumberlandchoralarts.org/. Tickets will also be sold at the door. "is is so exciting for us," Cage shared thoughtfully on behalf of CCA. "Music is so universal — it's the heart- beat of a thriving community. Music brings us all together, makes us feel good, and makes us smile and clap our hands. It takes our memories back in time to when we first heard a song that moved us — anybody that loves music should definitely come." Jack Britt High School is located at 7403 Rockfish Rd. For more information about Cumberland Choral Arts and its af- filiated programs, visit https://www. cumberlandchoralarts.org/. Cumberland Choral Arts asks: Got Ear Candy? by ASHLEY SHIRLEY EVENT ASHLEY SHIRLEY, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200 2023 Thursday March 30 • 6PM Single: $50.00 Couples: $90.00 Paradise Acres Event Center 1925 JOHN MCMILLAN ROAD • HOPE MILLS NC 28348 TONY FORTE (910) 824-4681 JERRY PARSEK (910) 309-9755 DON TALBOT (910) 977-7776 CONTACT INFO Friends of NRA is an exciting grassroots fundraising program that fosters community involvement, raises money and gives 100% of the net proceeds to qualified local, state and national programs. Live Auction, Raffles and Table Games Banquet dinner tickets annual *TABLE PACKAGES STILL AVAILABLE* Inspiring, educating, empowering and celebrating women in our community Cumberland Choral Arts will perform the Got Ear Candy? concert March 24. (Photo courtesy Cumberland Choral Arts)

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