Sanford church holding special Easter performance

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Out-of-town musicians and professors, along with many from the community, will congregate in Sanford tonight at Fair Promise AME Zion Church to perform an Easter cantata.

The event is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. at Fair Promise, located downtown at 712 Wall St.

The church’s music minister Rev. Iris Jordan said that while the visiting musicians are indeed quite talented, attendees will get more out of the cantata than just a musical treat.

“The canata is The Easter Story told in song and narration,” she said. “And, certainly, this is a modern day story told to make it more applicable. The Biblical story of Easter happened over 2,000 years ago, and sometimes people can’t apply it to their lives now. But it is still a story that is very, very important.”

Ernest Lamb, a music professor from the University of North Texas, will make the long trek to Sanford for the show as a special guest along with Harry Ghee, dean of the Carolina College of Biblical Studies in Fayetteville. There will be several others taking part in the performance, playing music or narrating, including Jasen Thompson, a saxophonist who has studied under Branford Marsalis and now teaches in Fayetteville.

The performance is titled “The Lamb Has Prevailed: A Celebration of Ressurection Power.”