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Flowers are blooming, temperatures are warming and the sounds of the area’s premier vocal ensemble will soon fill the air.


It must be spring.


Surry County choral ensemble VOCE is set to present its spring concert at the First Baptist Church in Mount Airy on Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m., according to group spokesman Mark Gillespie.


The theme for this year’s concert is simple: Just Music. It is a chance to appeal to a wider audience, according to Gillespie.


“VOCE traditionally has performed mostly classical, sacred and Broadway-style music,” he said. “Even though we will continue to include select works from each genre, we are also including more familiar pieces in order to entertain a larger audience. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.”


Once again this year, Patti Miller Fulk will serve as the group’s artistic director, and Gillespie noted she is well-respected in the community.


“She is no stranger to the community,” he said. “(Fulk) studied under the direction of the late Sandy Beam from the first grade through her senior year in high school.”


Fulk is a graduate of North Surry High School and Mars Hill College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in music education.


“Selections include a variety of styles including sacred, secular and a tribute to Cinco de Mayo,” Gillespie said. “Latin music has had a major influence in the world of entertainment, and we would be remiss in not recognizing their contribution.”


The choral ensemble will be accompanied once again this year by East Wilkes High School senior Will Green, who will serve not only as accompanist, but as a featured performer. In addition, Wiley Porter will bring his guitar virtuosity to bear, serving as a special guest performer.


A donation of $10 is appreciated.


For more information, contact Gillespie at 336-789-2035. Contributions can be made via mail at VOCE, 523 Broad Street Apt. E., Mount Airy, N.C., 27030.

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