Sounds of Joy concert was impressive for its diversity

Sounds of Joy

Brittany Swain, a member of The Calling, a Christian dance troupe, performs at Sounds of Joy.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 05:37 PM.

The audience for the Friends of the Arts' Saturday evening Sounds of Joy concert was as diverse as groups that performed for what lived up to its billing as "a gospel celebration in song, dance and art."

An eclectic blend from a robed church choir’s hymns to a Christian rock band’s electric guitar riffs inspired folks ranging from kids to senior citizens. Though only about 75 people attended, the spirit flowed throughout the evening.

"We have definitely heard from different kinds of groups tonight, but it's all for one purpose: the glory of God," emcee Sandra Daggs said near the concert’s conclusion.

"Christ the Redeemer," an Easter cantata performed by St. Mark United Methodist Church’s choir, kicked off the evening. The choir drew nods and appreciative smiles as familiar hymns "The Old Rugged Cross" and "He Arose" weaved into the performance.

Florida Ballet Conservatory members Brittany Swain and Shelley Theiss of The Calling, a local Christian dance troupe, presented graceful interpretations of several praise songs.

"We all go to church to praise the Lord, but to see young people so engaged is just wonderful," Daggs said.

Pianist Pam Meyers provided accompaniment on two numbers for The Wesley Boys, a men’s gospel harmony quartet who got the audience clapping and singing along during its rendition of "I'll Fly Away."

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