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Local choirs unite to celebrate Christ's life

April 10, 1997

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'He's Alive' is a presentation of the life of Jesus by four local church choirs. It will be performed at 7 p.m. today and at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday in Waco Hall.

By Matthew Lester

Lariat Reporter

The choirs of four Waco churches will come together to celebrate the life of Jesus.

'He's Alive!' is a musical presenting the life of Christ in which his birth, ministry, death and resurrection will be acted out on stage.

'The musical is the ultimate celebration of the life of Christ,' Gary Rhodes, music minister of Highland Baptist Church, said. ''He's Alive!' links all aspects of Christ's life.'

Rhodes, a University music theory graduate, composed and arranged the musical along with lyricist Claire Cloninger of Mobile, Ala.

'The pace of the musical is a celebration of what God gave to us,' Rhodes said.

Rhodes said this is the second annual performance at the University and he hopes it will become a tradition.

The overwhelming attendance last year led to a second Friday night presentation of the musical.

''He's Alive' was powerful in portraying the life of Christ,' Eric Guel, Houston junior said about last year's performance. 'There were lots of great visual affects.'

Last year's performance at Waco Hall was the premiere for the best-selling Word Incorporated musical.

Word Inc., which began in Waco, is the largest Christian music publishing company in the world.

Choir members from First Woodway, Highland Baptist, Meadowbrook Baptist and Victorious Life help to record the original soundtrack in Jones Concert Hall.

The choirs will combine again this year for 'He's Alive.' Over 150 singers, a children's choir, interpretive dance, drama, colorful banners, special lighting effects and guest soloist Larnelle Harris are involved in the production.

'Harris is incredible in his ability to sing a variety of music,' Rhodes said. 'His baritone voice is incredible.'

Harris will open the evening with a half-hour mini-concert.

He's Alive is at 7 p.m. today and at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Friday in Waco Hall.

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