December 15, 2013

Voices Night Out featured at Creative Arts Guild

Submitted by the Creative Arts Guild

— The next Creative Arts Guild In Concert program will feature Voices Night Out.

Voices Night Out consists of local classically trained singers with a passion for music and a desire to cultivate appreciation for classical literature in the community. Group member and baritone singer Ted Long says, “With schools making cuts to the arts and the popular music scene getting farther away from classical repertoire by the day, a lot of fantastic music is slowly being ignored and forgotten. The classically trained voice is the epitome of singing. Yet appreciation for it has fallen, and in many cases classical singers are ridiculed, especially by the younger generations. Opera may never disappear totally, but it is a struggling art form.”

Long goes on to say that the concert will include a collection of holiday songs, including “Sleigh Ride,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Rejoice Greatly” and “O Holy Night.” He stresses that although the musicians are classically trained, the concert will be light and informal and an opportunity for the audience to hear great music literature.

Performing with Long will be Lisa Gregg, soprano; Jennifer Phinney, soprano; Brad Cline, tenor; Keith Rollins, tenor; LouAnn Pope, piano; and special guest Thomas Gregg.

The concert will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Jonas Performance Hall at the Creative Arts Guild. Tickets are $5 for general admission. Children in laps are free. For more information, contact Creative Arts Guild Music Director Lisa Elders at (706) 259-1822 or email