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Music to fill Arlington Baptist Church

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The N.C. Baptist Singers & Orchestra will perform Nov. 13 at Arlington Baptist Church.

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From Contributed Reports

Friday, November 3, 2017

Arlington Baptist Church will be filled with music at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 as the N.C. Baptist Singers & Orchestra perform a special concert with the theme “By His Love.”

The N.C. Baptist Singers & Orchestra includes ministers of music, church music directors, accompanists and other church musicians from across North Carolina.

“When more than 150 North Carolina Baptist music leaders, singers, and musicians from Murphy to Manteo — figuratively speaking — get together, you know you’re in for an exciting evening,” said Andy Roby, choral co-director of the group. “All of them sing well, and play well. It can be a pretty glorious sound.”

This concert should be no exception, as the NC Baptist Singers & Orchestra continues its 2017-18 season.

The group was originally formed 51 years ago as the Singing Churchmen. The group was renamed the N.C. Baptist Singers & Orchestra as more women became music leaders in their churches and joined. While the group is associated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and the majority of its members hail from Baptist churches, several members are “grandfathered in” from different denominations.

Members attend an August retreat, which serves as the group’s primary rehearsal, before embarking on seven performance dates throughout the state and a mission trip to Cuba. The group performs music ranging from traditional hymns to contemporary praise songs and everything in between.

Jim Bearden of Yates Baptist Church in Durham sings in the tenor II section of the choir and plays in the percussion section of the orchestra. Bearden joined in 2005 after seeing the choir perform in Greensboro as the experience reminded him of his time in the Furman University Concert Choir. Bearden said that while he enjoys being involved in the music ministry in his own church, he also enjoys the broader perspective of interacting with Baptist musicians from around the state. "The musical excellence and evangelistic orientation which originally drew me to the Singers organization are what keep me returning each season," he said. "My participation in the group provides a unique opportunity for me to express my Christian faith through the medium of music.”

Local residents have a unique opportunity to experience the wonderful music of the N.C. Baptist Singers & Orchestra. The church is located at 1500 Bethlehem Road in Rocky Mount. There is no charge or tickets needed for the concert.

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