Escambia County (Ala.) church choirs to perform community concert June 8 at St. Stephen’s in Brewton

Published 9:54 am Thursday, May 30, 2024

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Choir members from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Brewton First Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church of Brewton will team up next Sat., June 8, to perform the music of acclaimed composer Dr. Terre Johnson.

Johnson, chair of the School of Music at Georgia Southern University, has 25 pieces in print and has served as a guest conductor at Carnegie Hall and around the world. He’s taken the lyrics of old, traditional hymns and put them to his own musical compositions.

“These songs are the soundtrack of our lives. It’s a way for the hymn in its more customary form to become a piece that a choir would sing as a more special offering during the service. I’ve been a church musician all my life,” Johnson said in a release.

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Johnson will be in attendance at the event as the conductor for the program.

St. Stephen’s Rector the Rev. Carrie Wright is honored to have the Community Choral Concert at her church.

“I look forward to having St. Stephen’s host the musical choir event featuring Dr. Terre Johnson,” Wright said. “Music moves people’s souls and is a way to worship God outside of the normal service. This event is a wonderful opportunity for multiple churches to come together to hear sacred music that normally don’t have the opportunity to worship together.”

Brewton First Methodist Pastor the Rev. Chris Patterson says this will be a unique summer experience with local congregations coming together.

“Music inspires. Music uplifts. Music soothes,” Patterson said. “It is our hope that as you enjoy this event, you will indeed be soothed, uplifted and inspired. We look forward to a full house who want to be encouraged by this incredible music.”

The concert will be held Saturday, June 8, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1510 Escambia Ave., in Brewton at 3 p.m.