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Religion briefs for March 26

by: Contributed photo Oregon-based Broadway actor Douglas Webster, who has portrayed Jean Valjean on a national tour of ‘Les Miserables,’ plays the title role in East Hill’s ‘Valjean.’

Choir to sing at Bridal Veil on March 27

The Resurrection Choir of Portland Rescue Mission will perform a concert at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 27, in Bridal Veil Community Church, 125 N.E. Lucas Road, just north of the Historic Columbia River Highway in Springdale.

Directed by Jim Bradley, members of The Resurrection Choir will be singing and giving testimonies of their changed lives in Christ.

They will also share updates on their various ministries - the Men's New Life Recovery Ministry, the Shepherd's Door for Women and Children's Center, the outreach to homeless guests and the 'Drive Away Hunger' auto donation program.

Folks are encouraged to bring donated clothing (new or used) to the church.

All are welcome.

For more information, call Pastor Merle Davis at 1-360-883-9023 or Rod Canzler at 503-695-2773.

National recording artist to sing at Life Restoration Center

Seattle's William Demps will perform a free gospel concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 27, in Life Restoration Center, 4100 S.E. 182nd Ave.

Demps, who combines urban soul and r 'n' b in his music, has collaborated with and/or shared the stage with Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, 'KiKi' Sheard, Pastor Marvin Sapp, Ricky Dillard, Donald Lawrence, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Dawkins and Dawkins, Youthful Praise, Tonex and others. He is a featured artist on John P. Kee's latest compilation CD, as well as Bishop David G. Evans' newly released 'Healed Without Scars' project.

For more information, call 971-983-7183 or visit myliferestored.org or reverbnation.com/WilliamDemps.

Methodist church offers evening of music April 1

Chrisler Hodge and Zita Jefferson will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, April l, at Rockwood United Methodist Church, 17805 S.E. Stark St.

Admission is free and donations will be accepted to benefit the church's children's summer camping program.

For more information, call 503-665-8764 or visit rockwoodumc.org.

Jazz duo to play at Smith Memorial on March 27

Jazz duo Tim Gilson, on bass, and Craig Bidondo, on piano, will play at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 Fairview Ave., Fairview.

With experience playing for large regional churches such as Beaverton Foursquare, Gilson and Bidondo will put their unique spin on music for worship and include their original jazz compositions and arrangements.

The Rev. Cynthia O'Brien will speak on the power and love of God in the midst of natural disasters such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Gilson has played with the Oregon Symphony and has taught bass master classes at Mt. Hood Community College, Oregon State and Portland State.

Bidondo is a pianist and composer who has played with local talents such as Johnny Martin, the Swizzle Chicks and the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band.

For more information, call 503-667-6800 or visit smithmemorialpres.org.

Trinity Lutheran Church to host concerts

Tom Grant, a jazz pianist, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd. The 'master of smooth jazz piano' in Portland will play two 45-minute sets.

A group of local musicians, Trinity Jazz, will play a short set before Grant.

Proceeds fund Zarephath Ministries, which feeds the homeless here in East County, as well as Trinity piano repairs.

Cost is $15 and tickets are available at the door, or at trinitylutherangresham.org.

Mormon church schedules Easter concert

The combined choir and orchestra from the Mount Hood and Gresham stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will perform a free Easter concert of Handel's 'Messiah' from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, at the Mount Hood Stake Center, 12300 S.E. 312th Ave., Boring.

The public is cordially invited to attend.

Traditionally, Handel's 'Messiah' is performed at Christmastime. However, 'Messiah' was first performed during the Lenten season and continued to be performed during Lent and Easter until after Handel's death.

The choir and orchestra will perform selections from parts II and III, which focus on the events surrounding Easter.

East Hill to present scenes from 'Les Misérables'

East Hill Church, 701 N. Main Ave., will present 'Valjean,' a selection of scenes from the hit musical 'Les Misérables,' at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22; 6 p.m. Saturday, April 23; and 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Sunday, April 24.

Admission is free.

''Les Misérables' has been done in almost every country and language in the world,' said East Hill Creative Director Jeff Schroeder. 'It's one of the longest-running musicals ever, and that's because the story is so strong. It really speaks to the human condition.'

East Hill's 'Valjean' takes the epic, French Revolution-era 'Les Misérables' and focuses it on the development of Jean Valjean - his struggles, growth and redemption.

Playing the title role is acclaimed baritone Douglas Webster, a musical theater veteran who has portrayed Valjean as part of a nationwide tour of 'Les Misérables.'

'Doug is a tremendous professional who captures the heart of Valjean so poignantly,' said Schroeder, who, in addition to directing the production, portrays Valjean's arch-nemesis, Javert. 'His vocal abilities and the tenderness and authenticity of the character is what really captures audiences.'

'The story of Valjean is the story of redemption,' Senior Pastor Jason Albelo added.

'It's about grace versus hard-nosed legalism. Valjean is confronted with tremendous grace, while being pursued by the Pharisee-like Javert. Easter is all about discovering the grace that sets us free and extending that grace to others - as Valjean does in the story.'

For more information, visit valjean2011.com or call 503-661-4444.