(March 26, 2013)

Centenary Choir, Hodges Gardens offering Easter Sunrise Service

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary College Choir will join local community choirs Easter Sunday, March 31, for a special sunrise service beginning 6:00 a.m. at Hodges Gardens State Park on the Lakefront Stage.

Centenary College Choir

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. Centenary seniors Stephanie Boyd will play Mary, Donnovan Roe will serve as narrator, and Chelsi Hefner will be a featured soloist.

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 park is located approximately14 miles south of Many, LA.