As part of its centennial celebration, Northwest Nazarene University will feature a gala concert at NNU’s Brandt Center, Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. Titled “Centennial Radio Hour & Gospel Sing,” the concert will feature a 1940’s radio-show format with toe-tapping gospel music.
The University has sent music groups to churches across the Northwest for student recruitment and ministry for nearly 100 years. The concert will honor these groups and feature reunited ensembles from every decade since the 1950s. Nearly 100 alumni of the traveling groups will join the current Crusader Choir to form a 150-voice gospel choir that will be accompanied by a ten-piece alumni band.
NNU President Dr. David Alexander, assisted by David Bauer from Phoenix, Arz., will serve as the radio host along with a radio show cast that will perform humorous sketches. Ensembles from six decades will sing songs of their eras, and the choir will sing medleys of gospel songs and choruses from these eras. Direction is by Dr. Barry Swanson, chair of NNU’s department of music. Alumnus Eric Adamson (Nampa) will conduct the band.
Swanson said the music will feature everything from gospel classics like “I’ll Fly Away” and southern gospel quartets to more recent contemporary Christian songs reflecting the 90s and current era. “It is going to be a very entertaining evening to remember.”
Tickets can be purchased online at nnu.edu/homecoming or at the door. Prices are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children.