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Children's singing group plans classical concert

The Nature Coast Boys' Ensemble will combine with the girls' ensemble for three concerts featuring pieces by Haydn, Mozart and Rutter.

By JOY DAVIS-PLATT

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 12, 2000


The Nature Coast Children's Festival Singers will celebrate spring with a concert of classical and choral favorites.

With members from Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties, the group of two dozen has children ranging in age from 6 to 11.

Although the group branches out into popular and folk music at some performances, this program will be classical, director Paula Gerding said.

"Classical music is the main drive of the group," she said. "That is what this program features."

"The children have worked very hard and they know their music," said Gerding, who founded the Nature Coast Boys' Ensemble more than a year ago to create a classical outlet for young singers. Eight months ago, her efforts expanded to include a girls' ensemble. The groups will combine to perform as the Nature Coast Children's Festival Singers, though they still also can perform separately.

Traditional springtime favorites such as Haydn's Gloria Canon and Mozart's Alleluia are included in the program as well as choral pieces such as Rutter's I Believe in Springtime.

All concerts are free, but donations will be accepted.

The first performance will be Saturday at St. George's Greek Orthodox Church on Little Road in Port Richey. The children will perform May 20 at Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W in Brooksville. The final concert will be May 21 at Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill. All performances will begin at 3 p.m. For information, call 688-2207.

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