Choral society finds perfect setting to present 'Requiem'



As part of Woodlawn United Methodist Church’s Christian arts’ series, the Columbia County Choral Society will present John Rutter’s Requiem at 7:30 p.m., March 30, at the church.

“It’s a favorite piece of mine,” said Timothy Powell, the choral society’s artistic director and Woodlawn UMC’s music director. “The music is really beautiful.”

Rutter was a contemporary English composer, and his requiem is based on the service of the Church of England. Many parts of it are sung in English.

Shannon Jeffreys, the director of choral studies at Georgia Southern University, will be the featured soloist.

“She has an ethereal voice,” Powell said.

The setting will also enhance the concert.

“Woodlawn’s sanctuary is in the round. This is a perfect venue. It has a slate floor. It’s a nice place to hear music,” he said. “It’s an intimate setting. It’s a natural environment for choral music.”

The Sacred Sound, Sacred Space Woodlawn Memorial United Methodist Church Christian Arts Series came about through a donation by George-Ann Knox in memory of her husband, Boone, who died in January 2011. The series began in May 2011.

Other concerts have included the Augusta State University Choral Ensembles, the Cecelia Ensemble and John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School Chorale.

“We feel this is a significant contribution to Augusta’s music scene,” he said.

The concert will be followed by a dessert reception. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, students, groups of 10 people or more and military. Call (762) 233-7793 or visit


WHAT: Columbia County Choral Society presents John Rutter’s Requiem

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 30

WHERE: Woodlawn United Methodist Church

TICKETS: $15 adults, $10 senior citizens, military, students and groups of 10 or more; (762) 233;7793,



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