SUMC to present Choral Celebration

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The public is invited to a Spring Choral Celebration, “The Colors of Your Grace,” at 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sunday at Sycamore United Methodist Church.

The performance will feature a 40-voice adult choir, a children’s choir directed by Phyllis Horst and Cris Woodin, and many soloists, small groups and instrumentalists.

The title of the celebration, put together by music director Bev Rauch, is taken from the Mark Hayes song, which will be part of the production. The song will feature a PowerPoint presentation by Jim McCue. Another piece, “A Rose in the Valley,” will be enhanced by the Dance Team, choreographed by Atlee Mathews, and the closing number, “Say It Loud,” will highlight sax players Jim Selig and Gracia Watson. “Coming Home” will be accompanied by a five-piece orchestra and pianist Craig Fritz. The Leonard Cohen song, “Hallelujah,” will include a verse written and performed by Ken Olson.

A few of the small groups included are the popular Good News! Men’s Quartet, directed by Doug Elder, and a trio composed of Marcia and Paul Watson and Phyllis Horst.

SUMC is located at 160 Johnson Ave. Child care will be provided at the 10 a.m. Sunday service. For information, call 815-895-9113 or visit

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