The entire community is invited to attend the John Brown University Cathedral Choir Spring Break Tour Concert to be held at Westbrooke Church at 7pm on March 20.
The Cathedral Choir is comprised of 51 of the most talented singers at JBU. The choir’s long standing tradition of excellence began in 1942. Several current choir members are from the Kansas City area: sophomore David LaGue, Kansas City, Mo.; junior Johanna Merwin, senior Matthew Musgrave, Lee’s Summit, Mo, freshman Lindsey Johnston, Paola, Ks and junior Clare Young, Spring Hill, Ks.
“This is a great opportunity for our community to enjoy an excellent performance, as well as a way for our church family to serve,” said Nina Sullivan, who is coordinating the event at Westbrooke Church. “Our members are serving as host families, providing snacks and meals for the students, as well as setting up the church for the performance.”
“John Brown University continues to uphold the very best tradition of excellence in choral singing,” said Paul Smith, choir director and professor of music at JBU. “From the 17th century exuberance of Hans Leo Hassler’s ‘Cantate Domino’ and the eight part rich sonorities of Rachmaninoff’s ‘Glory be to God’ to the 21st century foot tapping spiritual of Rollo Dilworth’s ‘Roll Jordan, Roll!’ the choir will bring to audiences music that will inspire them musically and spiritually.”
The choir has toured extensively all over the United States and in Northern Ireland. In addition to annual tours, the choir is featured in the annual Candlelight Service at JBU each December.
In 2008 the Cathedral Choir recorded a CD in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the famed St. Mark’s, home church of C. S. Lewis. The CD will be on sale at each of the choir’s appearances.
John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked second by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
We’ll need a few more families to host students at their homes on Saturday March 20th. This would entail coming to the church Saturday night 5:30 and bring a dish or two for a potluck meet and greet before the 7PM concert. Providing transportation to your home that night for the night, then a light breakfast and transportation back to church Sunday by 8:00AM. Please contact Nina Sullivan to volunteer or to get more information.