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1950s girls groups make comeback

Group pays homage to era through song

By Melanie Ruberti

mruberti@civitasmedia.com

The Bel Canto LaGrange Women’s Ensemble, part of the Choral Society of West Georgia, will host its inaugural dessert and wine concert dance called “It’s Our Party” on Saturday at the Highland Country Club.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_web0425BelCanto2014.jpgThe Bel Canto LaGrange Women’s Ensemble, part of the Choral Society of West Georgia, will host its inaugural dessert and wine concert dance called “It’s Our Party” on Saturday at the Highland Country Club. Submitted

LaGRANGE —The Bel Canto LaGrange Women’s Ensemble, part of the Choral Society of West Georgia, is preparing to sport poodle skirts, bobby socks, saddle shoes and more as they take a stroll back to the 1950s.

The group will host its inaugural dessert and wine concert dance called “It’s Our Party” on Saturday at the Highland Country Club.

The performance will be a celebration of 1950s girls groups, said Bettie Biggs, artistic director of the Choral Society of West Georgia. The Bel Canto Women’s Ensemble will sing a variety of songs from artists like Leslie Gore, Patsy Cline and Harry Belafonte.

The group will perform Belafonte’s tune “Turn Around” in honor of mothers and grandmothers in the audience, since the concert is the night before Mother’s Day, noted Biggs.

The Kenny Lewis Combo band will also be on hand to play some upbeat tunes for folks to dance the night away.

The night will also include a little Latin flair as well.

“In the 1950s there was a heavy interest in Latin music,” Biggs said. “So the ensemble is doing ‘Cuban Pete’ and ‘Mambo Italiano.’ There will also be a tribute to mambo music and bossa nova music. That genre of music was very popular during the ’50s … it also shows the diversity of the choir and the different music they can sing.”

The “It’s Our Party” performance will wrap up the Choral Society’s concert season and the organization’s 10th anniversary celebration.

The concert and dance is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and must be reserved by Friday.

Tickets will not be sold at the door the day of the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact 706-884-1727.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.