By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Stillwater Chamber Singers are set to perform their spring concert, “A Grain of South,” at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
“Our fall concert was mainly music from the north and so now we are doing music from the south,” said Deanne Fort, president of the Chamber Singers.
Fort said she hopes to pack St. Andrews for the 10-song concert.
“We have some songs from South America,” she said. “We have some songs that are Latin. We also have some spirituals and some songs by Steven Foster.”
Fort said rehearsals have been challenging because many of the songs are in Spanish and Latin.
“There’s a wide variety in what we’re doing,” she said.
Rehearsals for the event began in early January.
Conductor Natasa Karaca said the group meets once a week for two hours.
“In those two hours, we try to do as much of the music as we can,” she said.
Karaca said the group of 24 to 30 members from Stillwater and surrounding areas also discuss the meaning and context of the music.
“What I will try to do is convey that message of liveliness of the south but at the same time there’s a certain heaviness to it as well,” Karaca said.
The first song in the concert will feature an instrumental prelude including flute, cello and violin.
“The pieces are light and very dance-like, so I think it’s going to be interesting for the audience,” she said.
The Stillwater Chamber Singers are in their 27th season and open to new members, Karaca said. To schedule an audition, contact Karaca after a practice or at firstname.lastname@example.org.