Members of acapella group Street Corner Symphony sing to an audience of area school children Tuesday afternoon during a performance at J.A. Pickard Auditorium.  More than 900 children from area schools attended Tuesday afternoon’s special performance.  Below, Street Corner Symphony member and Selma native Mark McLemore sings with his band members. -- Jay Sowers
Members of acapella group Street Corner Symphony sing to an audience of area school children Tuesday afternoon during a performance at J.A. Pickard Auditorium. More than 900 children from area schools attended Tuesday afternoon’s special performance. Below, Street Corner Symphony member and Selma native Mark McLemore sings with his band members. -- Jay Sowers

Street Corner Symphony kick starts Selma Concert Series

Published 10:50pm Tuesday, October 29, 2013

J.A. Pickard Auditorium boomed with the sound of music and children’s singing voices Tuesday afternoon as a crowd of more than 900 students sang along with acapella group Street Corner Symphony during their performance.

The concert was a special arrangement between the group, those with the Selma Community Concert Series and area schools.

The group’s performance Tuesday evening — also at Pickard Auditorium — was the kickoff of the 2013-14 Selma Community Concert Series.

The all-male group sang and beat-boxed classic and current hits and an original song to a crowd of students from various Dallas County and Selma City Schools, including Valley Grande Elementary School, Martin Middle School, School of Discovery, Morgan Academy and Meadowview Christian School.

“We usually just have Selma City Schools, but this year we were able to have Dallas County Schools attend,” Myrna Morrow, an executive board member of Arts in Education said.

David Lee Holland, grants coordinator for the Selma Community Concert Association, said the organization received grants that made it possible for the students to get a free performance.

“The Alabama State Council on the Arts and Black Belt Community Foundation funded it,” Holland said.

The audience sang and clapped along with Street Corner Symphony, which consists of members Jeremy Lister, Jonathan Lister and Richie Lister, Adam Chance, Mark McLemore and Kurt Zimmerman, as the covered “Soul Sister” by Train, “The Lion Sleeps” by the Tokens.

For McLemore, Tuesday’s concerts were a homecoming for him, as he is a Selma native.

The group also gave a few audience members the opportunity to show their musical talent. They invited four people to get on stage to sing verse of “In the Night.”

During one segment, Zimmerman taught the crowd the basics of beat boxing.

Dorris Holland, president of the Selma Community Concert Association, had the chance to enjoy the performance also.

“They were really good,” Holland said.

For ticket information on the rest of the series, contact Holland at 875-9201 or 872-3387.

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