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Acclaimed US Choir Teams Up with Galway Choral Association for Charity Concert Galway, June 10th 2013, One of America’s finest symphonic choruses is partnering with a community based Galway choir for a special concert in St. Nicholas Church on Saturday June 22nd. Hailing from central Tennessee, the Knoxville Choral Society will be joined by the Galway Choral Association in a summer evening of choral music in aid of Ability West. An auditioned chorus of 150 singers, the Knoxville Choral Society represents a wide cross-section of occupations, including many professional musicians serving in area schools, colleges and churches. They perform regularly with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, commission new works and undertake European, Middle Eastern and Pan American tours. Over 40 choristers are travelling to Galway for their 2013 Ireland tour which will also include performances in Sligo, Kilkenny and Dublin. Knoxville Choral Society is conducted by Dr. Eric Thorson professor of music and director of choral activities at Carson-Newman University, where he conducts A Cappella Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Oratorio Chorus. In 2003, Thorson was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest award given to faculty at Carson-Newman. Announcing the concert Michael O’Hare Galway Choral Association said that Galway audiences could look forward to a summer celebration featuring many well loved favourite pieces from the choral repertoire. “Galway Choral Association is delighted to be partnering with Knoxville Choral Society for this special concert in aid of Ability West. Under the musical direction of Norman Duffy, we have worked hard to put together an uplifting and varied programme which we hope will be enjoyed by locals and visitors to Galway,” said Michael. “ Proceeds from the concert will be donated to Ability West, a Galway based charity who have recently celebrated 50 years of service provision to children and adults with an intellectual disability. I would encourage Galwegians to support the concert and this very worthwile organisation who provide services and supports to 500 children and adults with across Galway City and County. The concert will begin at 8:00pm, and entrance is €10. Tickets available from Opus 11, High Street, ( 091 500 300), Galway Choral Association members and on door. Family tickets of €25 available on door Tickets are also available on