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Centenary College Choir Tours Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio Oct. 2-5

The Centenary College Choir will tour Texas from October 2-5. The Choir has over 40 performances scheduled throughout Louisiana and Texas during the 2014-2015 academic year. The first tour of the year will take them from the DFW area to San Antonio, and back to Fairfield, Texas.

October 2: Prosper High School, Prosper, TX, 10:00am.
October 2: Irving High School, Irving, TX, 1:00pm.
October 3: Allen High School, Allen, TX, 11:30am.
October 3: First United Methodist Church Allen, Allen, TX. 7:00pm.
October 4: First United Methodist Church Boerne, Boerne, TX, 7:00pm.
October 5: Alamo Heights UMC, San Antonio, TX 8:30am, 9:30am and 11:00am worship services.
October 5: First United Methodist Church Fairfield, Fairfield, TX, 7:00pm.

The 2014-2015 program "Out of This World" takes the audience around the globe with cultural pieces such as Mack Wilberg's "Three Scottish Folksongs", Stephen Hatfield's rhythmic setting of the spiritual "Ain't That News" and Brad Holmes's arrangements of "Shaker Dance" and the African-inspired "Noel". Characterizing music of the eternal and the cosmos are selections such as Dan Forrest's arrangement of "How Great Thou Art", Choir alumnus James Eakin's "We Are the Stars" and Eriks Esenvalds "Stars", a piece accompanied by tuned water glasses. Audiences enthused over the exquisite Norwegian choral music from Disney's recent animated movie "Frozen" can look forward to a set of pieces from the film, and the Choir is even including a robust men's arrangement of "Ghost Riders in the Sky" in the program.

Centenary College Choir to present Easter program April 16 in Brown Chapel, April 20 at Hodges Gardens

The Centenary College Choir will offer two opportunities to experience their Easter program this year. Their first performance will be at Brown Chapel on Centenary's campus, Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. featuring alumnus Travis Orr as narrator and current member Elena Hibbs as Mary. On Sunday, April 20, at 6:00 a.m. the choir will present their traditional Easter Sunrise Service at Hodges Gardens State Park. Community and choir alumni chorus members will join the Centenary College Choir during this special performance.

The Choir's pilgrimage to Hodges Gardens for the Easter Sunrise Service is a tradition that dates back to the 1950s. The service, principally designed by the choir's founding director, Dr. A.C. "Cheesy" Voran, incorporates stirring Holy Week anthems and dramatic readings. The result is a uniquely moving performance of the Passion and Resurrection stories.

Hodges Gardens State Park has over 700 acres of wild and cultivated beauty. The park is located approximately 14 miles south of Many, LA.

Centenary Choir joins with Shreveport Symphony to present Mozart's Requiem Saturday, March 8 at Riverview Theatre, 7:30pm

On Saturday, March 8, the Centenary College Choir is proud to join with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and Northwestern Chamber Choir to present Mozart's "Requiem", one of the most celebrated of all choral works dealing with life and death. Then, the essence of life produces a different reflection in "To Notice Such Things", an elegant and poetic serenade by Jon Lord, from the rock band Deep Purple.

Centenary Choir Performs Benefit Concert for Cross Bayou Chapel & Conference Center

The Centenary College Choir performed a benefit concert on February 28, 2014 in the new Cross Bayou Chapel on the grounds of Camp Bethany south of Greenwood, LA continuing this year’s theme of “There and Back Again,” presenting a musical journey of creation. This concert is sponsored by and is intended to assist Cross Bayou Chapel and Conference Center, Inc. which has recently completed a beautiful chapel at Camp Bethany. The camp has been in existence since the 1980’s, but has never had a chapel among its facilities. In mid-2010, a vision was presented to the Cross Bayou Walk to Emmaus Community that would result in the building of this beautiful new chapel. Built to glorify God, the chapel is a gift from Cross Bayou Emmaus to Camp Bethany.

The Choir’s annual Choir Camp was located at Camp Bethany this past August, and all the rehearsals were conducted in the new Cross Bayou Chapel since the traditional Hodges Gardens location was not available.

The Cross Bayou Chapel was built with donations and pledges from Emmaus community members along with various fundraising efforts. The chapel cost $652,000 to construct, and interim financing was provided by Business First Bank which moved the loan to permanent financing this year. The local Emmaus community and supporters of the new chapel have paid all of that off except for about $50,000.00. The benefit concert was intended to assist Cross Bayou Chapel and Conference Center, Inc. to further reduce this indebtedness.

Centenary Choir and Camerata host annual High School Choral Festival February 14-15

The Hurley School of Music Choral Department will host its annual Choral Festival on February 14th and 15th, 2014. Four local high school choirs – Caddo Magnet, Captain Shreve, Byrd, and Airline – will be in residence for rehearsals and workshops, culminating in a performance on Saturday afternoon, February 15, at 4:00pm in Brown Chapel.

Saturday's concert will be a choral treat: In addition to performing selections separately, six ensembles – the four guest high schools and the College's two ensembles, Centenary College Choir and Camerata – will combine to perform works by Hogan, Stanford, and Eklund.

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