(March 29, 2012)

Choir offers Easter Sunrise Service at Hodges Gardens

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary Choir will join forces with community choirs Easter Sunday, April 8, for a special sunrise service beginning at 6:00 a.m. at Hodges Gardens State Park on the Lakefront Stage. The event is free and open to the public.

Easter Lily

Since 1955, this annual event has described Christ's passion and resurrection in music and dramatic readings. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the gardens and lakes, this performance is one of the most unique and powerful programs the Choir offers. Some of the selections offered include Henchel's Morning Hymn, Hageman's Christ Went Up Into the Hills, Brahm's "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place," and Handel's "Hallelujah." The narrarator this year is Travis Orr, and Mary will be played by Centenary student, Stephanie Boyd.

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. The gates open at 4:30 a.m.

Hodges Gardens State Park has over 700 acres of wild and cultivated beauty. The site was originally designed and opened to the public in 1956 by oil and gas businessmen A.J. Hodges, Sr. The park is located approximately 14 miles south of Many, LA.