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Culture notes: Frank Boggs makes music, inspires it too; Cartersville’s Cowboy Gathering to lasso visitors March 7-9

Frank Boggs makes music, inspires it too
The Georgia Festival Chorus under Frank Boggs kicks off a series of spring concerts a bit ahead of spring, on March 10 at Smyrna First Baptist Church. And before the month is out, Boggs himself will be honored when an anthem is premiered in his honor on March 24 at Northside United Methodist Church.

Composed by Mormon Tabernacle Choir director Mack Wilberg, the anthem, “Homeward Bound,” will be sung by the NUMC Choir, directed by Mike Moffit. A former Westminster School choral director who celebrated his 85th birthday last April at a Georgia Festival Chorus concert gala, Boggs is a long-time Wilberg friend and mentor.

The anthem is part of a varied NUMC program, open to the public, titled “Pilgrim Song: Our Journey in Faith” at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Palm Sunday services. The church is at 2799 Northside Drive N.W., Atlanta.

Meanwhile, Boggs’ Georgia Festival Chorus begins its series of “Alpine Adventure” concerts — a musical tour of England, Austria, Germany and Switzerland — at 6 p.m. March 10 at Smyrna First Baptist, 1275 Church St. S.E., Smyrna.

The free concert also will be presented at 6 p.m. March 17 at Marietta First Baptist Church, 3 p.m. April 21 at Decatur’s Clairmont Presbyterian Church, 6 p.m. April 28 at Westminster Presbyterian Church and 7 p.m. May 5 at NUMC. Details: 404-234-3581, HOWARD POUSNER

Earn your spurs at Cartersville’s Cowboy Gathering
An exhibit of bronze sculpture of American Indians. A concert by Texas swing aces Asleep at the Wheel. A chuck wagon cook-off. Mandolin, fiddle, guitar and banjo contests.

That cultural meld can only mean one thing: It’s time for the Southeastern Cowboy Gathering. Cartersville’s Booth Western Art Museum will host the 10th annual event March 7-9.

One of the highlights is a 4 p.m. March 7 gallery tour by Dave McGary through his sculpture exhibit “Native Expressions: Dave McGary’s Bronze Realism.” An exhibit opening and meet-the-artist reception follows from 5 to 7 p.m. (Visitors also may view the exhibit “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” during its final weekend at the Booth.) At 7 p.m., the Wyoming-born artist, who has studios in Arizona and Idaho, lectures in the Booth Theatre.

Throughout the day March 9, there will be a variety of family-friendly events including the Southeastern Chuck Wagon Cook-Off (with teams preparing beans, meat, potatoes, bread and dessert). Asleep at the Wheel’s 7 p.m. March 9 concert at the Grand Theatre is sold out but the museum is compiling a waiting list ($30).

Cowboy Gathering tickets: $10, $8 age 65 and up, $7 students with an ID, $3 age 12 and under. 770-387-1300, HOWARD POUSNER

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