North Park University Gospel Choir Set for Michigan Tour Oct 20-23
North Park University's Gospel Choir will tour parts of Michigan Oct. 20-23
Choir to sing six concerts in four days
CHICAGO (October 13, 2011) – The acclaimed Gospel Choir of North Park University, Chicago, will lead worship in six concerts at Michigan churches Oct. 20-23. The theme of the choir's fall tour is "Celebrating an Incredible God."
The 53-member touring ensemble will sing in Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) congregations in Norton Shores, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Farmington Hills (2 worship services) and Sawyer. Members will perform music from contemporary artists such as Kirk Franklin, Moses Hogan, Fred Hammond and Israel Houghton, said Stephen Kelly, Gospel Choir director, North Park University School of Music. Kelly has also written pieces that the choir will sing. Dr. Helen Hudgens, associate professor music, School of Music, who also co-directs the Gospel Choir, will accompany the choir. Students stay with host families during the tour.
"Gospel music in general tells the story of our brokenness and God meeting us where we are, transforming us from the inside out," Kelly said. "It talks about the pain and celebration, speaking to those who are going through suffering and seeing God, and how God calls us to live."
The choir's concerts build community, Kelly said. "Through the medium of gospel music we are corporately testifying together to the goodness of Jesus. Our concerts reflect that foundation."
The Gospel Choir's first concert of this academic year was last weekend in Springfield, Ill., at First United Methodist Church, Kelly said.
The Gospel Choir's fall 2011 Michigan concert series is free and open to all:
- October 20, 7:00 p.m., Forest Park Covenant Church, 3815 Henry St., Norton Shores
- October 21, 7:30 p.m., First Evangelical Covenant Church, 1933 Tremont Blvd., Grand Rapids
- October 22, 7:00 p.m., Messiah Church, 3816 Toledo Ave., Detroit
- October 23, 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (church services), Faith Covenant Church, 35415 W. 14 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills
- October 23, 7:00 pm, Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Rd., Sawyer
North Park University, founded in 1891, is affiliated with the ECC, a growing, multi-ethnic Protestant Church denomination based in Chicago. The denomination has more than 800 congregations in the United States and Canada, and ministries on five continents.
For further information or resources, contact John Brooks, Director of Media Relations and News, via email or at (773) 244-5522. Learn more about North Park University.