Choral Society of West Georgia Hosts Victory through Harmony: Songs that Won the War

The Choral Society of West Georgia held a special event this past Saturday, February 24th. That evening, the Callaway Conference Center was filled with the music of the 1940’s. A “1940’s Canteen Revival Celebration of the Great Songs of World War II” took everyone back. Dancing and singing were in no short supply as attendees young and old were transported to the World War II era. The Choral Society had some special guests at this event as well. The Auburn Knights Orchestra and the Auburn University Swing Dance Club were in attendance to play some tunes and to get everyone out on the dance floor. Carol Cain was also in attendance as “Rosie the Riveter” in her best jumpsuit. Favorite selections played that night included “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”, “This Joint is Jumpin’”, “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, and “I’ll be Seeing You”. There was also a portion of the show dedicated to saluting the armed forces. Everyone enjoyed the high energy performances, singing and dancing, and delicious food.

The Choral Society of West Georgia was founded by Elizabeth (Bettie) Biggs in 2005. Bettie remains the artistic director for the Choral Society. The nonprofit has two ensembles: The LaGrange Civic Chorale and Bel Canto LaGrange Women’s Ensemble. The Choral Society has continued to grow over the years, and continues to do so. They are committed to offering “unique, eclectic, and innovative programming with a commitment to choral excellence in repertoire, guest musicians, rehearsal, and performance”.

The Choral Society of West Georgia’s next event will be their third annual West Georgia Choral Arts Festival set for Saturday, March 10th, at 4pm in the Callaway Conference Center. Chorales featured will be LaGrange College, Point University, Phi Mu Alpha Men’s Ensemble from Columbus State University, Voices of the Valley Youth Choir, Lafayette Christian School, Faithful Hearts Women’s Ensemble from First Baptist Church, and the Choral Society of West Georgia. This free event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome.

The author of this article can be reached via email at rhenderson@troupcountynews. net.