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The Athens Area Council for the Arts will present “Sounds of the Earth” on Sunday, March 10, at 2 p.m., in the Sue E. Trotter Theater at The Arts Center of Athens.

Performing will be the Athens Area Children’s Choir (AACC) — an auditioned performing ensemble for singers in grades 4-9 from Athens and neighboring cities. The concert is open to the community and admission free, though donations to Athens Area Children’s Choir are encouraged.

All donations help provide scholarships for students, as well as helping to defray uniform and travel expenses.

This past year, the AACC has had the opportunity to perform at Pumpkintown and the Biltmore Estate, in “Christmas and All that Jazz,” and at other venues around town.

Director Tristen Rowland said, “It has been my pleasure to be the director of this astonishing group of children. It is a director’s dream to work with a children’s choir that is as musically talented as these children are and I am excited to present to this community the result of this choir’s hard work and dedication.”

The concert will feature choral numbers from various cultures including show tunes, spirituals and folk songs. The audience will likely hear several familiar tunes, as well as be introduced to some new melodies throughout the concert.

According to a news release: “The purpose of the Athens Area Children’s Choir is to teach and encourage children to achieve high artistic standards through choral singing and performance. Life skills such as discipline, responsibility and teamwork are of equal importance. High expectations have been placed on this select group that learns and performs a diverse repertoire of classic, sacred, contemporary and popular choral music.”

For more information about this or any AACA program, contact The Arts Center by calling 423-745-8781, online at athensartscouncil.org, or in person at 320 North White Street in Athens.

All AACA performances are sponsored by Edward Jones of Athens. All AACA programs are sponsored by Financial Guidance Partners, Willsonthropic, Inc.-Mintie C. Willson-Willson Family Fund, and Wolfenden Family Pharmacies and supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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