There are some things that you just don’t dare miss. Mars at perihelion, the Cubs in a World Series, and a chance to see Bill Cosby live surely are on everyone’s list. Now you can add one more—a Renaissance concert!
Want to make that even more special? How about Renaissance in concert in a one stoplight town. Now, that’s something special. That’s exactly what folks in Burns Flat were treated to Wednesday night. The Renaissance Choir led by Peter Jeffrey glorified God in music and song before 130 that filled the sanctuary at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat.
Forty-six men and women from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee raised the roof for over an hour with music and voices. These college students have been on the road since May 8th but were still full of energy and excitement, and it was evident in the joy that accompanied their performance.
The chartered bus pulled into the parking lot just after 4:30 central daylight time. A brief survey of the sanctuary by Peter Jeffrey, the Renaissance Director, was followed by an off load of college students eager to disembark.
These young men and women had done this drill before. There were two tasks that occurred with precision. Sound equipment was set up, checked, and rechecked, and cell phones were charged.
This was followed by a meal for Renaissance and church members. No one leaves a meal hungry at this church. This night was no exception.
In a very quick transition, forty six college students dressed in shorts and tee shirts transformed themselves into a professionally dressed choir. The performance will be the talk of the town and the country for weeks to come. Church members were already trying to figure out how to get these guys back again even before the concert was over.
The Renaissance experience did not end when the music stopped. Church members took all 46 choir members to their homes to spend the night. The group is scheduled to depart the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 8:30 for their next engagement in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
If you were present at this performance, you were blessed. If you did not make it, keep your eyes and ears open for announcements about a possible return date.
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