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Culture notes: Choral music for a cause on Sunday; Bach birthday concert; Madison chamber music

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Music for the ears, food for friends
Three choral groups will give their regards to Broadway while supporting a good cause at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Featuring the Decatur Civic Chorus, the Avondale Children’s Choir and Highleit from DeKalb School of the Arts, the “Salute to Broadway” concert will benefit the Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry, which provides emergency help for neighbors to prevent homelessness and hunger.

$10 (children’s admission: donation of non-perishable foods). Avondale Estates First Baptist Church, 47 Covington Highway, Avondale Estates. 770-388-9536, www.decaturcivicchorus.org. HOWARD POUSNER

A chorus of cheer for Bach’s birthday
The Georgia Boy Choir and Atlanta Baroque Orchestra will team up in a most authentic fashion to celebrate the 329th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach with two “Bach Birthday Bash” concerts.

While Bach’s birthday is March 21, the concerts of Bach choral and orchestral works will be at 7:30 p.m. March 22 at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (3180 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta) and 4 p.m. March 23 at Roswell Presbyterian Church (755 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell).

Georgia Boy Choir Artistic Director and Conductor David R. White noted that Bach wrote most of his choral music to be performed by his choir of men and boys at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, yet even some of the top early-music ensembles do not perform with choirs.

“If the performance is going to be truly ‘historically informed’ and use original instruments, then the use of boys’ voices is essential,” White said. “They are the ‘original instrument’ which Bach used.”

A talk will be presented 45 minutes before each concert. Tickets ($20 advance, $25 day of show, with discounts for seniors, students): www.atlantabaroque.org or www.georgiaboychoir.org. HOWARD POUSNER

Tuning up for Madison Chamber fest
A heads-up for music lovers: The 12th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival will open (earlier this year) on April 2, featuring the Assad Familycq cap F from Brazil in a 7:30 p.m. concert of folk, jazz and Latin music.

Continuing with weekend performances through June 29, the festival will include appearances by the String Divas and the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet. The fest is organized by artistic director (and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal cellist) Christopher Rex.

434 S. Main St., Madison. Tickets and information: www.mmcc-arts.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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