(April 14, 2011)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Centenary Choir offers special Easter Sunrise Service at Hodges Gardens

SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary News Service) —The Centenary College Choir will join forces with community choristers Easter Sunday, April 24, for a special sunrise service beginning at 6 a.m. at Hodges Gardens State Park. The park is located approximately 14 miles south of Many, La.

The tradition of this annual event extends back to the very beginnings of Hodges Gardens, which was founded in the 1950s. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the gardens and lake, the outdoor service is a moving experience that describes Christ's passion and resurrection in music and dramatic readings. The music contains great anthems from masterworks of Handel and Dubois as well as other hymns and sacred selections. It is one of the most unique and powerful programs the Choir offers annually.

Admission to the event is free. However, those wishing to attend the service should plan to arrive at the Gardens no later than 5:45 a.m., as no one can be admitted after this time.

For any singers wishing to join the Choir, please contact the Hurley School of Music at 318.869.5235 for more information regarding rehearsals.

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 373 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.