God’s grace is theme of CRGC concerts

2014-03-15T00:15:00Z God’s grace is theme of CRGC concertsMIKE MARTIN mike.martin@lee.net La Crosse Tribune
March 15, 2014 12:15 am  • 

The Coulee Region Gospel Choir, some 50 voices strong, will perform the musical “Evidence of Grace” five times for its annual spring concert series.

“It’s like a worship service — a time for celebration and reflection,” said Ruth Ann Granum, managing director of the production and longtime former CRGC director. The choirs will sing and the narrators will tell a story, and there’s also a soloist and a trio.”

According to Granum, the underlying theme of the concert can be found in a passage from Romans 8:28. That passage reads: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

The musical was created by composers David Clydesdale and Steve Moore. “We’ve used their music before,” Granum said.

“Evidence of Grace” has been described as a mix of praise songs and ballads of humble confession.

Part of the inspiration for the musical comes from Moore’s recovery from cancer. The performance includes video segments, including an accompaniment to the Dove Award-winning song, “I Can Only Imagine.”

Granum said that other songs people might recognize include “Open the Eyes of My Heart” and “Your Grace Still Amazes Me.”

Soloists will include Doug Mahlum, Rebecca Weber, Mary Hoeft-Leithold, Trina Schlifer, Mike Meunier, Molly Koch and Tracey Stanton, “a very fine soloist with us for the first time,” said Granum.

The choir will be directed by Stephen Koch, with accompaniment by pianist Lois Rogers, guitarist Paul Leithold, bassist Terry Grosskopf and percussionist Julie Bodendien. Narrators include Mark Bertrang, Sheri Eimermann and Pat Eveland.

“Every spring we try to do something special, and this year we decided to do ‘Evidence of Grace’ again,” Granum said. “The last time we did it was in 2007.”

The concert series will begin with a concert Sunday at Onalaska Methodist Church and will include performances in four other churches in Holmen, La Crescent and La Crosse. All concerts are free, but donations will be collected to help support the choir.

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