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Patriotic concert here Thurs., Sat.
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Singers practice during a Liberty County Community and Area Mass Choir rehearsal June 18 at First United Methodist Church in Hinesville. - photo by Photo by Katelyn Umholtz

As Independence Day approaches and community members get into high spirits, the Liberty County Community and Area Mass Choir is preparing for three upcoming concerts to celebrate the occasion.
Performing selections from the patriotic musical “Home of the Brave,” the choir will stage shows at 6 p.m. Thursday during the Hinesville Farmers Market and twice Saturday — at 4 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church and at 7 p.m. at Jesup Presbyterian Church.
“Hosting the LCCA Choir is in line with our continuing outreach and commitment to Hinesville and the surrounding area. We are honored to host such an inspiring and entertaining event and look forward to welcoming everyone,” St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Senior Warden Larry Hyatt said.
The group debuted in 2003 with its “100 Voices of Easter” program and has been going strong ever since. Each year, the group performs several concerts between Easter and Christmas.
“The choir began in 2003 as a way for singers in the community and area to get together and present free concerts to the community,” Liberty County Mass Choir Director Ronald Calhoun said.
At various times in the choir’s history, there have been more than 250 singers in the group. At least 50 singers will participate in this week’s programs.
“Singers come from Liberty County and surrounding areas, and all denominations are represented,” Calhoun said. “There are no special requirements or auditions, and rehearsals are not monitored. Some singers just show up the evening of the performance and join in. It’s an opportunity for people to meet new friends and make a contribution to the community.”
The program will contain a special salute to the armed forces, as well as a dedication to the late Will Carter, former St. Philip’s pastor and a charter Mass Choir supporter.
“Hinesville is proud to be the home of the brave, and we salute the military and its family members in the community,” Calhoun said.

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