Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Decatur Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir Selected to Perform at Piccolo Spoleto for Third Consecutive Year

MM Note: Spoleto is a wonderful cultural event in Charleston, SC. There are many wonderful performers in the various arts. Take time to go become "enriched"-- you'll be singing all the way home.

BUSINESS WIRE--Decatur Presbyterian Church today announced that for the third consecutive year the Chancel Choir under the direction of Choirmaster and Organist Matthew McMahan, has been selected to perform at Piccolo Spoleto. The choir will be performing various sacred selections for an afternoon of Divine Harmony on May 31, 2008 at 12:00 Noon at St. Matthews Lutheran Church located at 405 King Street in Charleston, SC, as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Piccolo Spoleto, an official outreach program of Spoleto Festival, U.S.A., is administered by the City of Charlestons Office of Cultural Affairs.

We are honored to have been invited to perform at Piccolo Spoleto again for a third year, said Matthew McMahan. I believe this years offering titled Divine Harmony provides a refreshing and unique mix of sacred selections that includes the inspiring Messe Solennelle by French Composer Louis Vierne, and music by Gibbons, Hogan, Bruckner and Gawthrop. We are delighted to be returning to Charleston again this year to participate in one of the worlds finest and most diverse cultural events. I would like to thank the Church Council, clergy and staff of St. Matthews, especially the Reverend James Blacock, Sr. Interim Pastor, Douglas Ludlum, Music Director and Suzy Stephens, Facilities Manager for the grand measure of hospitality extended to us for our visit to Charleston.

The chancel choir of Decatur Presbyterian Church (DPC) is an auditioned ensemble, composed of volunteer and professional singers. The choir is devoted to the performance of the finest classical and contemporary literature through vibrant traditional worship services and concerts. The Choir has long been a mainstay of the metropolitan Atlanta area and has performed broadly, including singing for the American Guild of Organists in Atlanta and Charlotte, Washington National Cathedral, a European concert tour and most importantly Piccolo Spoleto.

The choir is often complimented for its purity of sound a result of emphasis on equal blending of the written harmonies and the minimalization of vibrato. The choir has been honored to represent the Church in ministry beyond its walls through invitations to sing for other churches, professional and community events.

About Piccolo Spoleto

Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA, was founded by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in 1979. The Piccolo Spoleto Festival is funded in part by grants from the City of Charleston; Charleston County; South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Piccolo's mission is to provide access to the Spoleto Festival experience for everyone, regardless of their economic, social or physical circumstances and to provide the opportunity for excellent local and regional artists, writers and performances to be presented in Piccolo's "local venue." Piccolo Spoleto offers something wonderful for everyone - from classical to contemporary, from traditional to cutting edge. One of the unique aspects of Piccolo Spoleto is the accessibility to the Spoleto Festival experience. Half of Piccolo's events are admission-free, and the rest are offered at very modest ticket prices.

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