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Symphony concert set for Saturday

COVINGTON — The Converse College Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Covington First United Methodist Church.

The concert was arranged by Porterdale City Manager Bob Thomson to honor his late mother, Adelaide Browne, a 1936 graduate of the all-girls college in Spartanburg, S.C.

It was initially set to be held at the Historic Porterdale Gymnasium, which is currently being converted to an open-air auditorium, but completion of the project has been delayed six to eight weeks due to rain, Thomson said, adding that it should be complete by the end of November.

The approximately 40-member orchestra, under the direction of Zig Reichwald, will perform selections by German composer Felix Mendelssohn, along with George Fredric Handel’s “Water Music.” Given that a new edition of “Water Music” was discovered in 2009 that is thought to come closest to Handel’s original performance, Reichwald believes this will be one of the first times the piece has been performed in the Southeast.

“It’s not real stuffy; it’s the kind of music that appeals to a lot of people,” Thomson said, adding that he hopes the concert will become an annual event.

First United Methodist Church of Covington is located at 1113 Conyers St. Sponsors of the event are Beaver Manufacturing, the Arts Association in Newton County, the city of Porterdale and First United Methodist Church.