LOGAN – The local American Festival Chorus & Orchestra will host the Auburn United Methodist Church Choir in a joint performance entitled “Celebrate” on Saturday, June 4.

The event is slated for 7:30 p.m. in the Newel and Jean Daines Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center on the campus of Utah State University.

“The Auburn United Methodist Church Choir (of Auburn, Alabama) is one of the finest church choirs in the nation today,” said Dr. Craig Jessop, music director of the AFCO. “It’s an honor to host this exceptional choir while they are in Utah.”

The Auburn United Methodist Church Choir is coming to Logan as a stop on their fourth concert tour. They will also perform in St. George and Salt Lake City while in Utah.

The choir, under the direction of Gary Klarenbeek, has been privileged to previously perform in Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The choir is also slated to perform in London, England in May of 2023.

The choir leads in worship at the Auburn United Methodist Church every Sunday. Additionally, they perform major concerts each year, including a Christmas Festival and a patriotic pops entitled “Star Spangled Spectacular.”

The concert in Logan will feature inspirational compositions like “Come, Come Ye Saints” and “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” as well as more recent works like “When You Believe” from Prince of Egypt, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Music in the Air” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

The concert will be quite a potpourri, with something for everyone,” Jessop laughs. “We hope that you will come and celebrate the beginning of summer with the American Festival Chorus & Orchestra.”

Founded in the summer of 2008, the AFCO has since become one of the premier professional music organizations in northern Utah.

Under the artistic direction of Jessop and associate director Dr. Cory Evans, the AFCO provides a culture of musical excellence that Jessop says “edifies, entertains and educates performers and audiences.”

The concert on May 28 is free and all ages are welcome.

For more information, call (435) 797-8022 or visit the AFCO website at http://americanfestivalchorus.org.

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