Free Easter concert features Ogden LDS Institute performers

Friday , April 07, 2017 - 5:00 AM

JANAE FRANCIS, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — The public is invited to a free sacred music concert,  “An Evening of Music,” at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the Ogden Tabernacle, 2145 Washington Blvd.

“This evening of sacred music will feature over 100 members of the Ogden LDS Institute in a sacred, spirit-oriented devotional that will pay tribute to the Savior in word and song,” said a news release from the Ogden Institute of Religion.

“Many of the choir members believe they’re singing for the right reasons — to testify, serve and show love for the Savior,” said Emily Dixon, performing arts president at the Institute. “We hope that by sharing our music and testimony with the audience, we will all be uplifted and edified,”

The message of the program, she said, is how to be like Christ and know him better.

The focus of the program is to convey that trials, difficulties and addictions can be overcome through the “amazing grace” of the Savior Jesus Christ and that we can become so much more through Christ, said the news release. The program will emphasize ways people can choose to allow the Savior to assist them through trials.

The video below is from last fall. This same group will perform in the April 9 concert.

Performing will be the Ogden Institute Singers and the Ogden Institute Choir. The event also will feature small ensembles, including an instrumental ensemble.

Songs to be performed by the instrumental ensemble include “If You Could Hie to Kolob,” “I Love the Lord,” “God So Loved the World,” “Love One Another,” “Draw Near Unto Me,” “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” “I Stand All Amazed,” “All Creatures of Our God and King,” “Jesus, the Very Thought Is Sweet,” “He Is Risen” and “Amazing Grace.”

The spoken words will be from the scriptures and words of the LDS prophets.

“(The program) provides an attitude of love and explains how love plays a role in the restored Gospel of Christ,” said Brad Howell, Institute director.

“I believe that rehearsing and performing are sacred tools for increasing personal power for obedience,” added Alan Saunders, performing arts director at the Institute. “Edifying music is a very powerful way to study and live the gospel.”

“Rehearsing for the event has helped choir members develop unity, love, respect and admiration for one another,’ Saunders said.

The program will last about one hour.

You can reach reporter JaNae Francis at jfrancis@standard.net or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or like her on Facebook at facebook.com/SEJaNaeFrancis. 

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