Hilton Head Choral Society presents "Songs of Faith and Inspiration"

charley@beaufortgazette.comOctober 20, 2012 

Tim Reynolds, left, artistic director of the Hilton Head Choral Society Faith & Inspiration Choir leads the choir through a rehearsal Tuesday evening at St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church

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  • Hilton Head Choral Society will present its Songs of Faith & Inspiration Concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 24 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $25 for preferred seating and $20 general seating. Details: 843-341-3818, www.hiltonheadchoralsociety.org

It had been 50 years since Bo Pearson of Moss Creek had sung with a group when he joined the Hilton Head Choral Society in 2004.

Pearson, 75, said this return to singing filled his heart.

"It was a matter of trying to reactivate a voice that had not been used in a long time," he said.

Pearson is one of about 60 singers who will perform in the choral society's Songs of Faith & Inspiration Concert on Oct. 26 at Holy Family Catholic Church on Hilton Head Island. The hourlong concert will include American folk songs and inspirational pop, hymnal and gospel music, such as "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother," "This Land is Your Land," "Walk Together Children," "He Never Failed Me Yet" and "Oh Praise God In His Holiness."

The singers, who are in their early 20s to late 70s, are from nine area churches.

Kathy Burmeister, one of the original members of the group, which formed in 1996, said she loves singing.

"I have been singing all of my life in groups," she said. "Singing is what feeds my soul."

Pearson began singing in an Episcopal Cathedral men and boys choir in Louisville, Ky., until his voice changed at age 13.

"It (choir) instilled in me a love and appreciation of choral music," said Pearson, now a baritone.

The repertoire for the concert was partially selected because of the great acoustics at Holy Family Catholic Church.

"The acoustics at Holy Family are great for singing," Reynolds said. "You can do a wide range of dynamics, both loud and soft there. Some styles of music work very well in there, such as things that are very soft and things that are very loud. It has a warm acoustic space with just a little bit of an echo where the sound hangs around a little."

"It is all very upbeat ... to give everybody an hour to put everything away and to enjoy some beautiful music," said Reynolds, who noted one of his favorite songs that will be sung is Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)." Pearson describes the music as "uplifting, typically partly religious, but non-denominational."

"We've got some in there really rock and get you bouncing around like 'Shelter in the Storm" and "Sing and Rejoice,'" he said.

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