Eight months ago, Atlanta choir director Trey Clegg set out on a new venture. He had noticed that choirs were rarely culturally mixed, and he wanted to change that. His new choir, the Trey Clegg Singers, seeks to represent the true diversity of Atlanta through music.
Clegg said that having a diverse group of singers promotes conversations that people might not be having.
“We all know those different from us,” he said in an interview with Lois Reitzes. “But how well do we know them? How well do we know each other’s backgrounds? How well do we know each other’s culture? We may know about them, but do we immerse ourselves in another culture and embrace difference and not run from it?”
The group performed at the prestigious Spoleto Festival earlier this year. After auditions in August, the choir is now comprised of 83 singers. There are 24 in the chamber ensemble.
The Trey Clegg Singers have their inaugural fall concert this weekend. Entitled, “March to Freedom: Songs of Sorrow, Justice And Hope,” the program features a wide array of works, from Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Mass in G Minor” to a selection from “Ragtime: The Musical.”
The group’s performance is this Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Saint Mark United Methodist Church.
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