A world-renowned soloist, three school choral groups and members of five church choirs will present a concert in Commerce on Sunday to raise funds to help restore vandalized Jewish cemeteries.
The First Baptist Church on Elm Street will host the oratorio “Child of Our Times” at 7 p.m. under the direction of church music director Todd Chandler.
Soprano Indra Thomas will headline the cast. Thomas has appeared worldwide in venues ranging from the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera and venues in France, Germany, Spain and England, performing with the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra.
Thomas, who grew up in Atlanta, has also performed in Brazil, the Netherlands, Japan, Finland, South Korea and Abu Dhabi.
As a teenager, Thomas sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” during the funeral scene in the movie “Driving Miss Daisy.”
The performance is “a unique event for our community,” Chandler said.
“Child of Our Time” is intended “to highlight the existence of darkness and light, a universal connection between a mother and her children, and the potential for individual and collective redemption,” according to event organizers.
Other soloists will include Holly McCarren, a voice teacher at Clayton College & State University; Canesha Appleby, who has performed with the Prague Philharmonic, and Wesley Hinson, a vocal performance major at Shorter University.
David Jones, who teaches voice and opera at Toccoa Falls College, will narrate the story.
They will be accompanied by Terry Lowry, whose resume includes music director of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra and pianist for the chamber ensemble Atlanta by Six.
Choral groups include choir members from the First Baptist Church of Commerce, Commerce Presbyterian Church, the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church of Decatur, The East Jackson Comprehensive High School advanced and master chorales and the Chorus of the Oppressed and Self Righteous.
The money received will benefit the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit organization, for the restoration of the damaged cemeteries, Chandler said.