Carson-Newman University’s A Cappella Choir will appear in concert Wednesday and Thursday, March 12 and 13, at Chattanooga’s First Baptist Church and the Center for Creative Arts High School as part of its spring tour.
The performance Wednesday at First Baptist begins at 6 p.m. Thursday’s performance at the Center for Creative Arts begins at 9:15 a.m. Both are free and open to the public.
Under the direction of Dr. Eric Thorson, A Cappella is Carson-Newman’s singing ensemble comprised of 45 music majors and non-majors from across the U.S.
“We represent the University, but we also want to put legs onto our faith,” said Dr. Thorson. “We try to share the Gospel in a way that is meaningful for use. We use our talents to communicate important truths about our faith, and we try to make each performance a worship service.”
The tour repertoire includes many choral classics as well as modern sacred texts, Gospel and spiritual songs.
The tour begins Wednesday in Chattanooga, moving west on Thursday to Sparta and Murfreesboro, on to Nashville Sunday morning, and finishing in Smithville Sunday evening.
Carson-Newman A Cappella has upheld the spring tour tradition since 1946. Since becoming conductor of the choir in 1983, Dr. Thorson has led his ensembles to perform with the Atlanta, Fort Wayne, New Orleans, Knoxville Symphony and Chamber Orchestras; hosted noted British musicians John Rutter and Noel Tredinnick; and toured Europe, Brazil and the Holy Land.