Special guests add to chorale's energy

A festival of choirs will perform with the composer on hand Sunday afternoon. The 36-voice Augusta Children's Chorale will perform with a 55-voice adult combined choir from Aldersgate United Methodist and Covenant Presbyterian churches and a 14-piece orchestra.


Together, they will perform The Good Shepherd, Choral Reflections on the Pastoral Images of Christ, featuring guest conductor and composer Robert A. Hobby, of Fort Wayne, Ind.

"It will be exciting to meet him, but I might be too nervous to talk to him," 10-year-old chorale member Katie Wright said. "I'll be more nervous singing, too."

"Of course we'll be more nervous," said her cohort, Rachel Cox, 15.

"This is his brainchild. I mean, he probably has some idea what he wants it to sound like. So, it's a tall order."

Chorale Director Linda Bradberry said working with the composer will be a good experience for the children, because they usually sing works of classic composers. The veteran conductor said singing with orchestra accompaniment is a relatively new experience for the chorale, also.

"Just the joy on their faces is fun to watch," Bradberry said. "They did it at Christmas, and the excitement and wonder showed on their faces when the orchestra started playing."

"I like singing with them, it makes it more powerful and the music flows a lot better," said Molly Bradberry, 10.

The Good Shepherd is a 40-minute, multi-movement work based on Christ as the good shepherd. The texts are based on passages from Isaiah, Psalm 23 and Revelation.

If you go

WHAT: The Good Shepherd, Choral Reflections on the Pastoral Images of Christ

WHEN: 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road

ADMISSION: Free, but reserved tickets are required. Call Aldersgate at (706) 733-4416 or Covenant Presbyterian Church at (706) 733-0513.