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Choral Guild performs holiday favorites in Covington, Conyers

At this year's Covington Conyers Choral Guild holiday concert, audiences can expect to hear the traditional songs of the season but they'll also be treated to a performance of a work not often heard during the Christmas holidays, the "Magnificat" by the Italian composer Giacomo Antonio Perti.

The text of the 18th century choral work is taken from the Gospel of St. Luke in which Mary prays to God after learning she is pregnant with Jesus.

"When the angel appeared to Mary and told her that she should bear the son of God she broke out into a song of praise called the 'Magnificat,'" explained Choral Guild Conductor Roger Waters.

The Choral Guild performed the work 15 years ago. Waters said he decided to revisit the piece with the new voices that have joined the group since that time.

"It's a piece worth teaching to a choral organization such as we have," said Waters, who added that the "Magnificat" will be sung in Latin but programs will contain the English translation.

The 78-voice Choral Guild is comprised of members from both Rockdale and Newton counties. Members are not required to audition and pay a fee to join the group.

The Choral Guild has prepared for their Holiday Concert with weekly rehearsals since September.

The performances take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the First Baptist Church in Covington, 1139 Usher Street, and Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. At the Rockdale Auditorium, 903 Main Street in Conyers.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from Choral Guild members, online at www.choralguild.org or at the door.

The concert also features a line-up of familiar favorites including "Joy to the World," "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella," "Silent Night," "Away in a Manger," "Christmas Gloria," "Behold the Star," "Deck the Halls," and "The Very Best Time of Year."

Waters said the concerts typically attract between 400 and 500 people.

"There's a lot going on in Conyers and Covington during the holiday time and lots of people equate the holiday season with music and this is a great opportunity to hear wonderful seasonal favorites," Waters said.