Concertgoers are in for an evening of inspirational music, song and dance with a Night of Praise, which is part of this season’s Fitton Showstoppers series in the Fitton Family Theater.
Pastor John W. Stevenson will present A Night of Praise featuring special guest Darwin Hobbs on Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts.
“I was introduced to John W. Stevenson, and the energy he brings to the stage, to his music, and to his fellowship immediately struck me as something I thought the audience at the Fitton Center would enjoy. So, that’s for people of faith, and we’re also reaching out to people who may not have faith as part of their life, but enjoy a different style of music, and this is a great opportunity with a crossover of gospel, contemporary, jazz and worship styles all in one event,” said Fitton Executive Director Ian MacKenzie-Thurley.
In addition to Stevenson and Hobbs, other performances throughout the evening will include the HEIRS Worship Team, Lion of Judah Dancers, a live band and a performance by 13-year-old Amber Harper, who dances with the Cincinnati Ballet.
“For us, this is about standing out, and proving an opportunity for a new experience for our audience, and also for us to experience new audiences, so A Night of Praise is a chance for us to present Contemporary Christian music as part of our overall programming,” MacKenzie-Thurley said.
Stevenson is the founder of Heirs International Ministries, and president and CEO of Heirs Media Group. He serves as the senior pastor of Heirs Covenant Church in West Chester Twp. Stevenson has served in ministry for over four decades in various roles, including pastor, teacher, evangelist and worship leader. He is a prolific songwriter, a recording artist and has produced 11 recording projects. He is also the author of three books, including “Worshiper By Design: A Unique Look At Why We Were Created.”
Cincinnati’s own gospel powerhouse, Darwin Hobbs, is a world-renowned singer/songwriter and recording artist. He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Michael McDonald, Donna Summers, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, Jars of Clay, Michael Card and many others.
Hobbs, who won a Stellar Award for “Praise and Worship CD of The Year” for his Champion: Live album recently released the song “Call The Name Of Jesus” on HeartArt Music, a label he started with his wife, Traci.
MacKenzie-Thurley said Stevenson, Hobbs and the cast will be at the Fittton Center several days prior to the of the show, preparing for the event. He said the production is on par with the Fitton Family Christmas show with Nancy James, which features a large band, a stage full of singers and a professional production. It’s a similar scale of event.
Stevenson said the first half of the program will be lively with songs of praise and declarations. The second half will be more worshipful and intimate.
“I am looking forward to a great evening of fun and faith-filled music that entertains, encourages and uplifts those who come out that night,” Stevenson said.