The Tennessee Mens Chorale will perform in concert at the First Baptist Church of Lebanon (227 East Main St.) on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The singers that comprise the choir are musicians from all over the state, most of whom serve as Minister of Music for their church.
The Tennessee Baptist Volunteer Chorale was organized in 1963, and was originally directed by Dr. Louis Ball, then head of the Music Department at Carson-Newman College. Music ministers from Baptist churches across the state have participated in this group for more than four decades.
The chorale is presently conducted by Dr. Paul Clark, who serves as Director of Worship & Music Ministries for the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Dr. Clark has been conductor and musical director for the group for the past ten years. The current makeup of the group reflects a wide range of ages, and of styles being utilized in the churches represented by the singers. Music selections are eclectic ranging from energetic contemporary arrangements to classical anthem material to a small taste of Tennessee gospel accompanied by a complement of bluegrass players.
The chorale is accompanied by two outstanding keyboard artists. Mary McDonald has been an integral part of the group for more than25 years.
A gifted composer/arranger, most of the chorales music has been arranged and adapted by Mary. Vicki Wright has served as organist for the Mens Chorale as well a womens group of similar composition, the Tennessee Ladies Chorus, for more than ten years. Vicki is a fine composer/arranger as well, and currently teaches and directs music for a high school.
The First Baptist Church concert will begin at 7 p.m. Attendees will experience a wide variety of stylistic expressions and hearty singing from this group of trained musicians, most all of whom are themselves choral directors in their own churches.
The nature of the group by vocation and avocation makes it a unique musical ensemble. The evening concert provides a rare opportunity to hear this chorus that has performed across the state of Tennessee, for national and regional events in other U.S. locations, and has traveled to perform in international missions settings, including their most recent international trip to the land of Wales in the U.K. back in 2007.
The public is invited to the concert and celebration. There is no charge for the concert, but a freewill offering will be received.