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Musical Arts Guild's free fall concerts set to begin Tuesday, November 13

Nov. 09, 2012 @ 11:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Folks walking into Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church next week, may be confused as to what worship service they just wandered onto.

Celebrating songs of many faiths, the Musical Arts Guild under the direction of Dale Capeheart, is praising God in a program of songs taken from Catholic, Protestant and Jewish traditions.

Musical Arts Guild's free fall concerts are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Johnson Memorial, 513 10th St., as well as 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., Huntington.

Jean Dean, one of a handful of the Guild's members who have been singing since the group began in 1963, said it's a wonderful way to celebrate the diversity of the community through the gift of song.

"It has been the custom of Musical Arts Guild ever since it began in 1963 to in the fall present a free concert as a gift to the community, and this one is particularly community wide," Dean said.

Dee Carney, of The Guild, said the idea for the fall concert was first introduced by Tori Wucher and then brought to fruition as Capeheart brought in songs from the Protestant tradition while the music director at Our Lady of Fatima brought in songs from the Catholic tradition.

She said that kind of program where they'll sing in everything from Spanish to Hebrew and from Latin to African beats, is typical of the Guild's quest to prepare unique concerts each year.

"We are not a cookie-cutter organization," Carney said. "We do try to challenge ourselves and to try and do something that is different each time."

Also at the fall concert, the Guild will be giving away two $1,000 scholarships to Marshall University students in Theater Performance and Theater Production.

In the spring, the Guild will give away two $1,000 scholarships to MU students concentrating on Voice and Instrumental.

The spring concert is the Guild fundraiser to acquire the needed funds to provide the scholarships.

MAG has been around since 1963 and was one of the first groups in the city to regularly do musical theater.

The group also started the Musical Arts Guild children's theater which turned into the First Stage Theater Company.

Carney said they've already set a date for next year's 50th anniversary of the Guild and are working on that show as well. That anniversary concert, under the direction of Don Williams, will be set for April 13, at the Guyan Country Club.

"We will pull out all the stops and try to capsulize all the years," Carney said. "We had out first concert there last year and we had to set out more tables. We just got so many compliments about that venue and that performance."

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