Magic City Choral Society brings sounds of the season to Pell City
by Laura Nation-Atchison
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More than 90 members of The Magic City Choral Society perform at Pell City Center Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. with their collection of holiday favorites. There is no admission fee to attend, but donations of canned goods for Pell City’s Christian Love Pantry are requested.
More than 90 members of The Magic City Choral Society perform at Pell City Center Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. with their collection of holiday favorites. There is no admission fee to attend, but donations of canned goods for Pell City’s Christian Love Pantry are requested.
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Imagine more than 90 voices joining together to bring the very best of the sounds of the holidays just for you.

That’s what the folks at Pell City Center have done, connecting once again with the talents of the members of the Magic City Choral Society for a holiday presentation for all ages.

This year’s concert is set for Dec. 7 at Pell City Center, beginning at 7 p.m.

“Aside from hearing their outstanding performance of the music we all love, the members of the Magic City Choral Society bring another gift to our community,” said Kathy McCoy, artistic director for Pell City Center. “Those who attend just need to bring a donation of canned food for The Christian Love Pantry here in Pell City.”

That means there’s no admission fee for the concert, just a willingness to give back to the community as members of the choral society are doing, McCoy said.

McCoy has performed in past years with the society, but is not a part of the ensemble this year.

“I am not singing with them this year, but will be back with them next season,” she said. “This is our third year with Magic City Society and we are so pleased to have them performing again.”

The Pell City Christian Love Pantry is a multi-church, business and individual supported volunteer organization that distributes food to people in need. This ministry has been helping families in need in the area for more than 16 years. Each year, food is distributed to 1,500 to 1,700 families.

The Magic City Choral Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-based organization founded in October 2006.

Every year more than 100 people participate in the society, without audition, in the Magic City Choral Society’s men’s and women’s choruses and the MCCS makes up to $5,000 of scholarships available to people in need who desire to sing with the MCCS. The choruses present three to four free concerts each year, and each concert is performed at least twice. Each concert series cost MCCS an average $15,000 to produce.

Founders of the society recognized a need in the Birmingham metropolitan area for an inclusive community based choral organization that could provide without audition high quality choral and music education and performance opportunities to any male or female over age 18.

In addition, the founders desired that this organization would combine artistic excellence and have social and community impact.

“Magic City is a blessing to this community and to their own community of Birmingham,” McCoy said. “They come to give Pell City each year two gifts, their wonderful ‘Sounds of the Season’ and to help our Christian Love Pantry give to those in need. I personally love to hear and see my dear friends perform in our theatre, and I know others who love music will as well."