The 66th season for Lake Junaluska’s own choir-in-residence, the Lake Junaluska Singers, will move to online performances.
“With online worship services and online concerts, our season will look different than ever before. But the talent of our Singers, the depth of artistry, and height of praise to God will all be very familiar,” said Mary Huff, director of the Lake Junaluska Singers. The season begins on Friday, June 19, at 7:15 p.m. with a mini-concert streamed on Facebook Live. The concert will be available soon after to enjoy on Lake Junaluska’s social media outlets.
The first concert entitled, “Juneteenth: A Celebration of African-American Composers and Performers,” will commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865, after the Civil War. Lake Junaluska Singers LaDejia Bittle, Christopher Moore and Darius McCleod will be featured on this concert.
On Saturday, July 4, the Singers will share their annual “Independence Day Concert” on Lake Junaluska’s social media channels at 7:15 p.m. with a mini-performance of patriotic favorites such as God Bless America; America, the Beautiful; a Salute to Our Armed Forces; as well as audience favorites including Rocky Top, Stand By Me, and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. The final concert, “Summertime: A Lake Junaluska Singers Concert,” will be streamed on Friday, July 31, at 7:15 p.m.
The Singers will also participate in leading worship for four Sundays in July, providing meaningful music to celebrate God’s praise. Each worship service will be recorded in advance with anthems by John Rutter, Libby Larsen, and Aaron Copland, and favorite hymns of the church from Amazing Grace to Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee. These services will be streamed on Lake Junaluska’s social media outlets on Sundays in July at 11 a.m.
Director Mary Huff says, “Because of the Covid-19 health concerns of singing, we are taking great precautions in the Singers’ music-making this year. Group singing, rehearsals, recordings, and performances will be held outside, but we hope that being able to attend a virtual concert or worship service will be very meaningful for our audience members.”
For more information about the Lake Junaluska Singers, please visit lakejunaluska.com/singers.
Lake Junaluska Communications