Sacred Music Concert Celebrates the Easter Season

March 17, 2023

The Centralia Cultural Society’s biennial Sacred Music Concert returns on Sunday, March 26 to celebrate the Easter season. This year’s event will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the City Hope Church Auditorium and feature the Centralia Philharmonic Orchestra, Mathew Webster, conductor; the Centralia Choral Society, Marge Kasten, director; and the Kaskaskia College Community Chorale, Lynda Marshall, director.

The performance will include a wide variety of instrumental and vocal sacred music from traditional to contemporary settings. Among the Orchestra’s selections will be a calypso version of “Ode to Joy,” “Variations on a Shaker Melody,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Sleepers Wake,” “The Cross” and “The Church’s One Foundation.” The Choral Society will present “Amazing Grace,” “Don’t Listen to the Hammer Ring,” “We Are Not Alone” and “O Magnify the Lord.” The KC Community Chorale will perform “The Last Words of David,” “I Will Rise,” “Lamentations of Jeremiah,” and “The Battle of Jericho.” The Orchestra and Choruses will combine for a stirring rendition of “Nearer My God to Thee” and then be joined by the audience for “Jesus Shall Reign” to conclude the performance.

There is no charge for admission to the Sacred Music Concert, however a free-will offering will be taken during the performance. City Hope Church is located at 1000 East Third Street in Centralia. Off-street parking, including handicapped parking, is available in the main lot accessible from Second Street as well as the auxiliary east parking lot which offers an enclosed pathway to the main lot. On-street parking is also available. City Hope Church Auditorium is fully handicapped accessible. Sponsors for the Sacred Music Concert on March 26 are: Maryann Langenfeld, Lorraine Bassett, Dr. Lyle and Paulette Pahnke, Sandy Beguelin and Lucille McLaughlin. The Centralia Business and Professional Women’s Club will be providing ushers and support for the event. For additional information about the Sacred Music Concert contact the Cultural Society office at 618-532-2951 or visit the orchestra’s website at

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