‘You are my sunshine:’ Smithsonian exhibit opens this weekend
by Staff report
Residents in LaGrange will be able to do something this weekend that people in Washington, D.C. can’t do.
The New Harmonies exhibit, sponsored by the Smithsonian, opens Saturday. It will be on display at Legacy Museum on Main from through Dec. 3. The exhibit explores the early traditions of American music. The exhibit has traveled across Georgia and LaGrange is the last stop.
There are several special events associated with the exhibit in October. On Saturday, the grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. at Legacy Museum at 136 Main St. Area dignitaries will join Jamil Zainaldin of the Georgia Humanities Council in opening the exhibit. Music will be presented by Annie Pauley, a 5th grader at Franklin Forest Elementary and one of the stars of the LaGrange High Spring Concert in April, 2013. She will be performing “You Are My Sunshine,” which was reportedly written by Oliver Hood of Troup County.
Following the ribbon cutting, classic blues, gospel, and folk music will be presented by Lloyd Buchanan, a LaGrange College graduate who has appeared on the David Letterman Show. The public is invited and admission to festivities on the 12th is free.
The same day at Callaway Auditorium at LaGrange College, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, one of the top bluegrass bands in the country, will perform in a concert which will benefit the Troup County Historical Society. Lawson was recently inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Tickets to that event are $20 for adults and $15 for students.
On Sunday, Atlanta Sacred Harp singers will return to Long Cane Baptist Church, the site of the first Sacred Harp singing in 1845 for a singing. There will be an introductory lesson followed by two to three hours of singing. The public is invited, but please call 706-884-1828 to reserve a space. Admission is free.
During the month, there are also talks at the LaGrange College Music Department. The LaGrange Symphony Orchestra will have its opening concert on Oct. 15.
For more information visit http://www.legacymuseumonmain.org/newharmonies.
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