MATTOON -- On Sunday, at 6 p.m., Southern Illinois' Homecoming Gospel Choir will be appearing in concert at the First Baptist Church in Mattoon.
This evening of southern gospel music will feature the Southern Illinois' 80-voice Homecoming Gospel Choir singing favorite southern gospel songs and traditional hymns and presented in the Gaither style.
Now in their 19th season, the Homecoming Gospel Choir, under the direction of John and Judy Roberts, features singers and musicians from all across Southern Illinois. The Homecoming Gospel Choir presents an upbeat, fast-paced two-and-a-half-hour concert featuring many soloists, as well as several duets, trios, and quartets.
Steve Ladd and Cheryl Harre will once again headline the 2018 Homecoming Gospel Choir concert programs. Larry Delawder (aka Barney Fife), from Branson, Mo., and award-winning soloist Abby Paskvan from Bowling Green, Ohio, will also make several appearances with the Homecoming Gospel Choir during the 2018 concert season. James Michael Rainey will make his debut with the choir this season on keyboards.
Everyone is invited to attend this memorial evening of southern gospel music. Plenty of seating and parking will be available for those attending the concert. Admission is free, although a free-will offering will be received.
The First Baptist Church is located at 1804 S. Ninth St. For additional information, contact the church office at 217-234-7740 or John and Judy Roberts at 618-245-9133. Additional information regarding Southern Illinois' Homecoming Gospel Choir is available online at www.homecominggospelchoir.com.