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Display of ‘Amazing Grace’

Tab Songsters perform concert prior to international tour

By Joy Lee

 

The Pasadena Tabernacle Songsters perform scenes from Les Misérables during the “Amazing Grace” concert at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jim Sparks

 

“Amazing Grace,” a Friday evening concert at Commissioning 2011 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, proved a warm send-off for the Pasadena Tabernacle Songsters just ahead of the group’s tour of Australia and New Zealand. The concert featured 60 voices in 17 songs, many from the recently recorded Amazing Grace album.

The evening’s message was clear—God’s amazing grace gives reason for all creation to sing praises, for those mourning loss to find joy and for all of humanity to be transformed by an undeserving second chance given to us through Christ.

The media, well-executed choreography and various instrumental features provided a diverse presentation of the gospel.  Every song in the two-hour concert was memorized and every transition well thought out in order to bring alive the message of God’s grace.

During the second half of the concert, the group dramatized highlights from the musical Les Misérables and showed an example of a man transformed by grace.  It always came back to that one idea—God’s amazing grace.

Near the conclusion, each songster came forth with a piece of cardboard that listed a personal struggle on one side. Once shown to the audience, the cardboard was turned to reflect the victory over the struggle and the hope the individual has in Christ. Within minutes the stage was filled with these testimonies of God’s working in each member’s life. While watching, you could not help but to examine your own life, to surrender any burdens and discover newfound joy.

 

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