News Release: Cumberland Oratorio Singers Puts Arts Council Grant To Good Use

News Release: Cumberland Oratorio Singers Puts Arts Council Grant To Good Use

SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
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(Fayetteville, NC)- The Cumberland Oratorio Singers today announced its 2017-18 Season with the
help of a grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. “The Cumberland Oratorio
Singers are extremely grateful for the on going support from the Arts Council on a local and state level.
We thank you for your willingness to support our organization as we strive to bring outstanding choral
music to Fayetteville and the surrounding areas,” says Matthew Franks, President of the Board of
Directors, Cumberland Oratorio Singers (COS). “The Arts Council Series Support Grant will assist in
the operation of COS for the entire season.”
Now under the artistic direction of Mr Jason Britt, COS's 2017-18 season will explore the reasons we
sing. In October, “We Sing To Relate” will celebrate Americanism through a presentation of a few of
America's greatest composers. Our annual holiday offering to the community in December will be
“We Sing To Remember” and will feature holiday favorites along with a walk-on performance of
Handel's timeless “Messiah”; opening up the choir to the community it serves. All singers are invited to
“join COS for the day” and sing “Messiah” with us. “We Sing To Experience” will serve as the finale to
our 26th season in April. This concert will present a few of the greatest masterworks of the 18th-21st
centuries. Full concert information (dates/time, venues, tickets, etc.) can be obtained at or on Facebook/Cumberland Oratorio Singers.
“The Arts Council is proud to partner with the Cumberland Oratorio Singers in support of the 2017-18
season,” says Deborah Martin Mintz, Arts Council Executive Director. “Project Support Grants for
2017-18 will help fund 25 projects facilitated by 19 nonprofit organizations in our community. These
projects help strengthen our community through festivals and concerts, youth education programs, art
exhibitions, art workshop, and so much more.”
The purpose of the Project Support Grants is to increase opportunities for access to arts, science,
cultural and historical programming in Cumberland County. Project Support Grants may be awarded to
nonprofit agencies in Cumberland County who demonstrate financial and administrative stability.
As Fayetteville's only classical music choral society, COS has grown and gained greater diversity in
membership and gained increased recognition and notability throughout the Cape Fear region. COS'
expanding collaborations with other music entities as well as local college music programs strengthen
our position as one of the Sandhills region's premier music organizations.