The outstanding Cantemus Women’s Choir will present “Wayfaring Stranger”, a rousing and reflective repertoire of folk songs and spirituals, on Sunday, May 6 at 7:00 pm. The concert will be held at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church, 1415 Waverly Rd., Kingsport.
The Kingsport, TN based choir will perform moving renditions of longtime favorites such as Shenandoah, Shady Grove, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Motherless Child, Will the Circle Be Unbroken and Simple Gifts, among others.
Under the leadership of Patty Denmark, conductor, and Erin Raines, accompanist, Cantemus Women’s Choir has distinguished itself as one of the finest and most musically diverse choral ensembles in the area. The 30 voice ensemble draws accomplished women from all over Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The choir is open to women of varying musical abilities, but includes in its membership many professional and student musicians. In its four short years of existence, Cantemus has performed at Biltmore Estate’s Candlelight Christmas Evenings and Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, and has recently received invitations to perform in both national and international festivals. Past concert collaborations have featured the Cambia Flute Ensemble, Assez Vif String Quartet, and a shared Christmas program with the Appalachian Men’s Ensemble. The May 6th concert will feature as guest musicians the Tennessee Border Bluegrass Band.
Tennessee Border is a high energy local bluegrass band comprised of college aged students. The band was formed by Avery Peters and Jordan McPherson in 2016. Tennessee Border has made many notable accomplishments in their short formation as a band. The band has played on stages in neighboring states, on television with the Crooked Road General Store, and with the Appliachian Cultural Music Association at their Pickin’ Porch stage in both Bristol and in Kingsport. The band’s latest accomplishment involved an invitation to join Dollywood’s Bluegrass and BBQ festival for the second year in a row. The band is comprised of Avery Peters (Banjo), Jordan McPherson (Guitar and Lead Vocals), Corey Nelms (Dobro and Lead Vocals), Ty Wilcox (Bass), Morgan Rogers (Fiddle), and Jacob McPherson (Mandolin). All members of the band are full time college students, hold jobs in their community, and are members of their churches’ praise bands. Their love for music drives their motivation to continue to share the Appalachian Music with those in their community.
Auditions for the 2018-19 concert season of Cantemus Women’s Choir will take place August 7th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Kingsport, TN.
For more information on auditioning for Cantemus or the May 6 Wayfaring Stranger concert, contact Patty Denmark at firstname.lastname@example.org.