LITTLE ROCK – The CenturyMen will be performing at Second Baptist Church, located at 8th Street and Cumberland Street in downtown Little Rock, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14. Admission is free.
It is the first visit of The CenturyMen to Arkansas since 2000 and their second concert tour under the direction of North Little Rock native Charlie Fuller, music director and conductor. Fuller is also the minister for congregational life at Second Baptist and former professor of music and dean of the School of Fine Arts at Ouachita Baptist University.
The CenturyMen is an auditioned men’s chorus of professional Christian musicians who are music ministers from across the United States. The CenturyMen assembles annually to present concert tours in various areas of the U.S.. Their overseas tours have literally circled the globe. Their recordings, which include the Grammy-nominated Christmas album “Beautiful Star – A Celebration of Christmas,” are available on iTunes or at thecenturymen.com.
The CenturyMen have performed at a range of significant venues across the country including the U.S. Capitol, Constitution Hall, the Crystal Cathedral, the Dove Awards, as well as on both NBC and CBS television channels, said Fuller.
“They were invited to be one of the first outside music groups to visit mainland China and will embark on a groundbreaking performance/mission tour to Cuba in 2016,” Fuller added.
Prolific Baptist composer and hymn writer Buryl Red, a native of Little Rock, founded The CenturyMen in 1969.Red died April 1, 2013 at the age of 76.
Red is perhaps best remembered as composer of “Celebrate Life,” a musical created with lyricist Ragan Courtney, considered a landmark in church music. Released in 1972, Celebrate Life is still in print, sold by LifeWay Christian Resources.