SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Evangel University will host a Heritage of Hymns Concert, presented by the Messiah Project, on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Spence Chapel. The public is invited to attend, and admission to the event is free.
The concert will feature a choir, orchestra, and dancers from Ballet Excelsior of Houston, Texas. Dr. Mike Rakes, Evangel University president, will greet guests and offer a prayer.
The Messiah Project is a Christian fine arts organization headquartered in Springfield, Missouri whose visual, dramatic, and musical productions celebrate the Jewish and Christian heritage at the core of artistic culture. The organization was founded in 1992, and the Heritage of Hymns concert series began in 2008. The concert brings together choir members from 26 churches across the local community. Heritage of Hymns provides an opportunity for Christians from different congregations to come together to celebrate faith through music.
Dr. Larry Dissmore, Evangel’s director of orchestra activities, is partnering with Nathan Cornelius, accomplished conductor and educator, to bring this concert to Evangel.
Dissmore has served as Evangel’s director of orchestral activities and as professor of violin and viola since 1988. Under his leadership, the Evangel Concert Orchestra has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. In addition, Dissmore continues to lead the Evangel University Symphony Orchestra in performances each semester.
Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,200 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master and doctoral degrees.