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Center Stage: Heart & Soul with Purduettes "Embrace the Sound"

Friday, March 2, 2012

The fourth performance in the PMO arts series “Embrace the Sound” was a show featuring inspirational songs sung by Heart & Soul and the Purduettes. As the show begins, PMO Director Bill Griffel speaks about the arts series and introduces the ladies of the Purduettes.

The ladies start off the show with the Latin piece “Exaudi! Laudate!” which translates to “Hear! Praise!”

Next, the ladies sing about how gracious they are for God’s love in “Wouldn’t Trade it for the World.”

The performance continues with the inspirational song “Distance You Have Come,” featuring soloists Jenna Engelberth and Chrissy Kvachkoff.

The Purduette rhythm section focuses on the beat as drummer Joey Frechin, bassist Andrew Kasha, and Assistant Director Jon Ranard keep time with Jeff’s directing.

The ladies sing about God’s grace in the moving piece “He is Beautiful to Me.”

All eyes are on Jeff as he introduces the ladies’ next song, the contemporary Christian tune “Blessings” by Laura Story.

Jon smiles as he works his magic at the piano accompanying the Purduettes.

Senior Allie Rieth belts out the solo to the ladies’ last song of the evening, “Hosanna.”

The Purduettes bring down the house with their gospel sound.

The powerful voices of PMO combine as Heart & Soul sings “Shackles” with the Purduettes. Here, PhD candidate and Heart & Soul Co-Manager Onyx Uzomah comes down for a solo.

The sound of both choirs fills the sanctuary as the men and women sing with passion.

Heart & Soul takes center stage and immediately wows the crowd with their sound with the upbeat tune “Praise His Holy Name.”

Onyx Uzomah sings a soulful solo in the catchy and fun Heart & Soul tune “A’Capella.”

Senior and Co-Manager of Heart & Soul Jordan Towles-Moore displays his talents on the saxophone as the rest of the group sings “Behold the Lamb of God.”

Junior Iesha Upshaw passionately sings a solo in “Behold the Lamb of God.”

Jon directs Heart & Soul in the fun and upbeat mashup of "Joyful, Joyful/Joy to the World.”

Senior Rachel Camp sings a solo in the soulful traditional religious hymn “Blessed Assurance.”

Freshman Brandon Davis starts off one of Heart & Soul’s last songs of the night with an extremely powerful solo in the tune “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”

The members of Heart & Soul get behind freshman Whitney Slusser as she sings one of the solos in “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” The tune features many members of the ensemble and allows each of them to show off their talents.

As the last song of the set, Onyx Uzomah and her fellow Heart & Soul members show passion and praise in the deeply moving song “My Life is in Your Hands.”

The Purduettes join Heart & Soul onstage as the choirs combine one last time to sing "There Will Always Be a Song" and “Hail Purdue!”

The audience gives the choirs a standing ovation as the night comes to a close. Both choirs sang with a passion and soulfulness that was truly moving and entertaining to watch.

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