CRESTVIEW — On Saturday, Warriors Hall will reverberate with Sounds of Joy as five regional performance groups take to the stage in "a Gospel Celebration in Song, Dance and Art."
A quintet of groups, all with strong local followings, will perform with one goal: to share God's word through the talents with which each performer has been blessed.
Featured will be the St. Mark's Choir, The Calling Dance Troupe, The Journey Band, The Wesley Boys and SALT. The Journey Band and The Wesley Boys are renowned from regional events including appearances at downtown summer arts festivals, the Triple B Barbecue Festival, the Laurel Hill Centennial, Laurel Hill fall and spring arts festivals. Some of the groups have also performed at the annual Great Night of Methodist Singing.
The variety of ways in which the five groups express their "sounds of joy" is particularly exciting, allowing the audience to contrast traditional and contemporary forms of praise music, organizer Mary Mancini said.
Sounds of Joy is the first concert of the year presented by the Friends of the Arts, a group that formed to purchase a grand piano for Warriors Hall.
"Gospel music is so big in our community, this concert was just a natural fit," Mancini said.
Proceeds from Saturday's event benefit the piano's maintenance and technical improvements to the hall.
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Want to go?
The Friends of the Arts presents Sounds of Joy, a Gospel Celebration in Song, Dance, and Art, 7 p.m. Saturday at Warriors Hall in the Whitehurst Municipal Building, 201 Stillwell Ave. Tickets— $10, adults; $5, students — are available at the door or in advance at the Journey Java coffeehouse or UpBeat Music.