News Release

Evangel’s 35th Annual Christmas Concert to benefit Salvation Army, Nov. 30

November 20, 2018 | Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Music Department will present the 35th Annual Christmas Concert on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the Robert H. Spence Chapel. Special guests this year will be the Girls Choir of Springfield.

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The Christmas Concert at Evangel University! // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The event is open to the public and the doors will open at 6 p.m.

Admission to this popular holiday celebration is either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation to benefit The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army’s nationwide campaign enables them to provide food, toys and clothing to more than six million people during the Christmas season. Last year’s Christmas Concert at Evangel raised 813 pounds of food and $1,042 in cash for the Salvation Army.

“The Evangel Christmas Concert is a community event that historically has offered a wide variety of Holiday Music, including both choral and instrumental music,” said Dr. Tom Matrone, chair of the Department of Music.

“This event is both a gift to the community at large and is a tangible way to assist the Salvation Army as they bless our neighbors,” said Matrone.

A University Tradition

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Dr. Tom Matrone greets the crowd. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

While this is the 35th annual Christmas Concert at Evangel, for the first time, the Children’s Chorus of Springfield will welcome guests with music in the Chapel foyer.

The prelude will begin at 6:30 p.m. inside the auditorium, featuring the Suzuki Strings. They will be followed by the organ prelude at 6:45 p.m., featuring Dr. Mark Bowdidge, adjunct professor of music, and Heather Culbertson, a senior mathematics and chemistry double major at Evangel, from Homewood, Illinois.

More than 200 musicians will be performing in a variety of ensembles, starting at 7 p.m., including the Evangel University Orchestra, University Chorus, University Chorale, Men’s Vocal Ensemble, Women’s Chamber Ensemble, HeartSong, and the ever-popular Jazz Orchestra.

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The EU Jazz Orchestra, directed by Joel Griffin. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The concert will range from classical to traditional Christmas songs, including the Orchestra favorite, “Sleigh Ride,” the Jazz Orchestra’s “We Three Kings,” and the majestic “Come and Worship.”

The concert will also be live-streamed on the Evangel website, for those unable to make it to town.

Music at Evangel

The Department of Music at Evangel University offers majors in music education, music performance, recording technology and worship leadership. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the Missouri Association of Departments & Schools of Music.

For more information, contact the Evangel University Music Department at (417) 865-2811, ext. 7211.

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