Singers in the Chattanooga Boys Choir and the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song will join voices Sunday afternoon, Feb. 7, for the 23rd annual Simmons-O’Neal memorial concert honoring two revered Chattanooga area music educators.
The concert will be held at Westside Missionary Baptist Church. Admission is free, and an offering will be collected with proceeds divided between the two choirs' scholarship funds.
Among its musical selections, the CBC choristers will perform “Pie Jesu” by Tom Shelton, “Inscription of Hope” by Z. Randall Stroope, Andrea Ramsey’s setting of “Three Quotes By Mark Twain,” and an arrangement of the Richard Smallwood gospel anthem, “Total Praise.”
The Choral Society will feature Moses Hogan’s arrangements of the spirituals “Battle of Jericho” and “I Want to Be Ready,” as well as Jester Hairston’s setting of “Hold On” and “How Great Thou Art” by Omar Dickinson.
To close the program, the Choral Society and the Boys Choir will combine on Jester Hairston’s setting of “Amen.”