Gospel music will be performed by Corinth’s First Baptist Church’s Men’s Quartet and there will be spirituals and musical selections by the Lane Chapel Male Quintet — all performing with the Corinth Symphony Orchestra during their Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration concert to be held Saturday at the Corinth Coliseum Civic Center, located at 404 Taylor Street, beginning at 7 p.m., under the direction of CSO Maestro Maurice Weatherall.
The musical lineup is designed to be a diverse showcase of six genres of music to honor those who wrote and/or performed to give Mississippi recognition as “The Birthplace of America’s Music.”
The music tributes will honor retired or deceased performers who made significant contributions to the state such as renowned opera greats Jane Redding Marrero, the late Ruby Elzy, Leontyne Price, country singers Faith Hill, the late Tammy Wynette, Charlie Pride and the King of Rock and Roll — the late Elvis Presley and more to be named.
Country music hits will be sung by local vocalists Allen Woodhouse and Bonnie Crum and Ripley native and rising opera star Daland Jones will represent the opera vocalists.
The First Baptist Men’s Quartet members are Randy Richey, baritone, owner/operator of Dollar World; Dr. Phil Mathis, bass, surgeon; Colon McGee, tenor, retired banker; Sammy Allred, lead, CPA and accounting manager for Corinth Mill Supply. Chad Dickerson, owner of Sanctuary Antiques, will be singing lead with the group this weekend. The quartet has been together for 12 years, and they sing regularly at First Baptist Church in Corinth and at other churches and community events in Corinth and surrounding areas.
The Lane Chapel Male Quintet is based out of Tupelo and performs a wide variety of music — spirituals, folk and blues. Charles Raymond Richardson first organized the quintet as a quartet in 1976 at the Lane Chapel Christian Episcopal Church in Tupelo. The makeup changed over the years as members left and new members added. The founder, Richardson, passed away in 2001 and the group has continued under the leadership of Larry “Rob” Barnes.
The Quintet received the Mississippi Governor’s Arts award in 2016 and that year they also sang at President Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. The Lane quintet has performed throughout the country, including the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans. Members are Gregory Henderson, Rufus Lauderdale, Emmit Foster, Rob Barnes and Wayne Hereford.
In addition to the exciting music, the Corinth Coca-Cola Bottling Group is offering a wonderful, collectible surprise for the evening’s big bicentennial birthday celebration — a specially designed bi-centennial bottle of Coke for every person attending the concert. These special edition Cokes will be distributed in the lobby as attendees leave.
The September CSO concert will begin this season’s theme — “What a Wonderful World,” made popular by the late Louis Armstrong. The three-concert season is meant to take attendees around the world, beginning right at home in Mississippi.
The CSO’s upcoming Christmas concert will be centered in England and the spring concert in Austria.
The doors will open at 6 p.m. Saturday and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau through Friday or at the door Saturday.
(Valet parking and assistance for those with disabilities at the South Exit door on Cruise Street. Ushers will assist inside with seating. Please call 662-287-1328 if special seating is necessary.)