The Sons of Lafayette will be lifting up their voices to the heavens this weekend at the First Presbyterian Church at the corners of Broad and North Lewis Streets.
The all male choir is pulling out all the stops in their annual Spring Concert, including the official debut of the Shoal Creek quartet. The group’s musical choices will feature all American composers and will include classical selections, some novelty pieces, and a few songs from the Beatles.
“We’ve worked a little harder individually because we have new pieces. We’re trying to work without the scores in front of us too,” explained Harold Tarpley, president of the Sons of Lafayette.
The choir is a staple of the LaGrange art scene. According to Tarpley, the Sons of Lafayette held their first performance in 2001. The group, and its popularity, have grown ever since.
R. Wayne Woodson is in his second full season as the artistic director for the choir. He believes the group’s mass appeal stems from the variety of singers in the organization.
“The “Sons” is a West Georgia male choir. We have people in the medical profession, employees from factories, folks, and retirees representing us,” said Woodson.
The choir has been practicing for two hours every Monday to get ready for their spring performance.
“The program is fun for the entire family,” explained Woodson.
In addition, the choir is getting ready to hold auditions for next season and planning an international trip. While Tarpley and Woodson wouldn’t elaborate, they did say this would be the second overseas trip for the Sons of Lafayette. A few years ago, the group traveled to Cornwall in the United Kingdom. The choir was the only American organization to compete in a popular musical festival featuring all male choirs from around the world.
The Sons of Lafayette will hold two performances this weekend. The first one will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; the second on at 3 pm Sunday. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door and online. For more information visit www.sonsoflafayette.org.