Over 1800 singers filled the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas on October 12, 2008 to experience what many have called their once-in-a-lifetime event. Accompanied by the Fisk Opus 100 organ and brass ensemble, 400 members of the multi-congregational choir filled the stage to sing well-known anthems. They were joined by 1400 members of the congregation for the singing of hymns. For Breath of Life and Voices Strong by Stanley K. Engle, the result of a search with The Hymn Society, was sung for the first time. Other new compositions by Hal Hopson and Paul Leddington Wright joined the music of Vaughan Williams, Parry, Mendelssohn and Haydn to fill the rich acoustic space of the hall. A tribute to Jane Marshall accompanied the singing of her anthem, My Eternal King. The Festival was sponsored by the Church Music Institute and coordinated by Terry Price, Director of Music at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas. Underwriters for the event were Jeanne Johnson, Richard and Enika Schulze, and Robert and Charlotte Kroeker Mann.
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