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31st annual Christmas Concert to benefit Salvation Army, Dec. 5

Published on Dec 1, 2014 by Paul K. Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Evangel University’s music department students will perform their 31st Annual Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:45 p.m. in the Robert H. Spence Chapel.

The doors will open at 6:45 p.m., and there will be a preconcert presentation by the Suzuki Strings.

Evangel’s popular holiday celebration is open to the public. Once again, the encouraged admission 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.

“The Evangel Christmas concert is more than a great night of music,” said Tom Matrone, interim music department chair. “It’s about giving back to the community and honoring University traditions.”

The hosts for the concert will again be Steve Grant, KY3 news anchor and 1976 Evangel graduate, and Brandon Beck, KY3 meteorologist and 1996 Evangel graduate.

“Why do I do it? It’s like coming home,” said Grant. “I enjoy seeing old friends, and I love Christmas music.”

More than 200 students perform

The concert will feature a special guest performance by the Southwest Missouri Children’s Choir, as well as Evangel University’s combined Chorale, Chorus and Concert Choir.

Other Evangel groups include HeartSong, Immanence, the Jazz Orchestra, University Orchestra, Symphonic Band and the Faculty Brass Quintet

“This year’s Christmas concert will be one to remember, with more than 200 students performing,” said Matrone. “We are honored to have Steve, Brandon and the Children’s Choir join us for the special occasion, as well.”