Muddy River Quartet
Manitoba’s renown gospel group supports Performing Arts Students
Manitoba’s renown gospel group, the Muddy River Quartet, will perform at Providence College and Seminary on Oct. 15 at 7 PM.
Known as one of Winnipeg’s most talented Gospel quartets, Bill Rademaker, Brady Johnson, Brock Johnson, and Mark Moore will bring their fresh sounding harmonies and personal style to Providence. The quartet will also be sharing the stage with Straight Ahead, the college’s Performance Arts Jazz Band, who will be performing the middle set of the evening.
A freewill offering that will be taken will go toward providing bursary assistance to Providence students enrolled in the Performing Arts program.
"This year the music department is bustling with new students,” says Dr. Henry Schellenberg, professor of Church Music. “Many?students in our Performing Arts program rely on the generosity of?family, friends, and supporters interested in helping them with tuition?costs. Performing Arts bursaries often make the difference between a?student being able to pay for individual music lessons or deferring them?to a later time in their lives.”
When asked what it means for Muddy River to be helping out Providence students, the quartet said they’re glad to be a part of it.
“We do not do it for money, although we do get money from most venues to cover expenses, especially when we travel afar,” says Rademaker, Muddy River bass singer. “We do it for the same reason I mow my blind neighbor’s lawn all the time – because of what He has done for us. We just hope that God will shine through us sinners on stage and be powerful to the students. And then we leave it to Him to do the work.”
Rademaker admits that Providence will be a unique setting for them to perform, but believes the quartet will be able to reach a responsive audience with their real, approachable style.
“There is a unique story to every song. These songs have been written by very special people, many of whom we know personally. The styles range from contemplative to outright boisterous,” says Rademaker.
Margaret Schonewille, vice president for Development, hopes this family event will be a success on and off the stage.
“It is important to Providence to reach out into our community and this is one way that we can do this,” says Schonewille.
The Muddy River Quartet is not new to Providence. Moore, Muddy River baritone singer, was both a former student and instructor at the college. Harold Giesbrecht, who will host the night, is another Providence alumnus from CFAM Radio 950.
Tickets purchased prior to Oct. 15 are $8, and $10 at the door. Tickets for children aged 6 to 12 are $4; children five and under are free. Click here to purchase tickets online!
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