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Talented Performers Set For “Lasting Legacy” Event

On April 20, 2017 at 5:30 PM, we will be honoring the legendary director Don Neuen, with a evening of warm memories, stunning performances, and best of wishes for his next adventure, as he steps away from directorship after decades of service.

Many of Don’s favorite performers will be in attendance, honoring the man with their amazing musical gifts! Here are a couple of the performers you can expect to see if you attend:

Tom Tipton

A longtime soloist with a legacy going back decades with the Hour of Power, Tom is a living heritage of musical expression. Famous for his blending of gospel, jazz, R&B and hymns, Tom has performed all around the country, from small gatherings to the White House. He is known to share his gifts at anywhere freedom and liberty are celebrated!

Dorothy Benham

The winner of the prestigious title of Miss America in 1977, Dorothy remains lovely both inside and out. A classically trained lyric-coloratura soprano, she has brought her exceptional talent and soaring high-notes to the Hour of Power many times to the delight of our audiences.

Daniel Rodriguez

Known as the “Singing Policeman,” Daniel’s powerful tenor voice lifted spirits and inspired hope following the tragic attack on September 11, 2001. As an officer in New York City’s finest, he was only two blocks away from the towers of the World Trade Center when they were attacked. Now, Daniel continues to bring hope and inspiration as he performs around the country. His close work and friendship with Don and our ministry will be on full display!

 

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There are limited seats still available for this in-person-only event. To purchase your tickets, please visit our online store by clicking HERE.

 

 

Lasting Legacy: A Tribute to Don Neuen

Whenever folks talk about the Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller and Shepherd’s Grove Church, one of the first things that comes to mind is our amazing music, and our sensational choir. It’s no secret that we are blessed to have the “best choir in the world,” as Bobby says so often from the pulpit.

At the center of that excellence is conductor extraordinaire Don Neuen, who has been faithfully serving our congregation with his immense talent and knowledge for several decades.

Don is known worldwide as one of the best performance leaders in the world, and one of the foremost scholars and experts on the works of Handel. His textbooks and scholarly work is widely used, and have been translated and shared around the world.

He is also the recipient of numerous accolades, including the highest honor given to citizens from his home state of Indiana.

Recently, Bobby Schuller joined Don in the choir loft to announce his upcoming retirement, which can be watched here:

We are thrilled for Don to begin his next chapter, and are overjoyed to send him with best wishes as we celebrate his work and time with us.

On April 20, 2017 at 5:30pm we will be hosting our special event, “Lasting Legacy: A Tribute to Don Neuen,” to be held in the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral. This occasion will include dinner with Don and friends, shared reflections and memories from his time with us, and sensational performances from longtime favorites like Tom Tipton, Dorothy Benham, and Daniel Rodriguez. Of course, Don’s beloved choir will be there as well, showcasing the love and skill he has added over the years.

Tickets are available for purchase starting Sunday, March 12, in the plaza at Shepherd’s Grove, or by calling us at 714-971-4000. Cost will be $25, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for $100. This is an exclusive event, and tickets WILL sell out!

We wish nothing but the best to Don and his wife in their newest adventure, and invite you to join us in showing our love and admiration.

God loves you, Don, and so do we!

Tickets can be purchased here:  http://shepherdsgrove.seatyourself.biz

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Don will be leading the Hour of Power Choir for a special performance of Handel’s Messiah at Shepherd’s Grove on Friday, April 14 at 7:30 pm. This free event is open to all! learn more here.

Handel’s Messiah coming to Shepherd’s Grove

This upcoming Friday, April 14, all are invited to attend a wonderful evening of music and celebration, as the Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra performs the latter movements of Handel’s Messiah, led by world-renowned Handel scholar, conductor Don Neuen.

Considered by many to be one of the preeminent scholars on the works of Handel, Neuen’s directorship in this performance will be a celebration of decades leading the Hour of Power’s choral excellence. His well-deserved retirement following this concert means that this will be an exceptional and uncommon opportunity to see and hear Handel in the hands of an expert.

Messiah features many wonderful solos, and the wide talent of our celebrated choir will be on full display. Rarer still, to have such skill freely available to enjoy is worth bringing your friends and family!

The concert will begin at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary, with doors opening shortly before. This concert is non-ticketed and will be open to everyone (attendees will be given the opportunity to make a love offering if they so wish). We are expecting a very full house, and seating will be first come, first serve. Please call 714-971-4000 with any questions you may have.

“O Holy Night” a Great Success!

On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 3, we were honored to host the annual “O Holy Night” Concert. Talented artists from stage and screen joined our phenomenal choir and orchestra for a night of stirring Christmas music. We had a full house, as our local community gathered to celebrate the season!

While there were far too many wonderful moments to list here, these are a few highlights from the show:

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The Schuller family welcomes the crowd to our celebration of Christmas.

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It takes a lot of courage to sing in front of so many people, but Noelle Lidyoff performed “Sing We Now of Christmas” wonderfully!

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Caity Peters shared deeper meaning of the season with her rendition of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

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Todd Strange jumped back and forth from the choir loft to center stage, using his gifts as an operatic tenor on songs like “Where Else Would a Lamb Be Born?”

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Dorothy Benham is always a Shepherd’s Grove favorite, singing the titular song of the night.

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Our own Voices of Hope children’s choir, led by Sarah Grandpre, performed “All is Well”, with a surprise joining of the Hour of Power choir to back them up!

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Kevin Rose’s smooth voice fit perfectly with songs like “Believe”

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Maiya Sykes had everyone on their feet following songs like “Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child”!

This was truly an amazing night of Christmas fun for everyone, right down to the magic of snowfall in Southern California! If you missed the concert and would still like to see it, or just want to watch it again (and again and again!), DVD’s of the program will soon be made available for purchase.

We would like to thank Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra, Don Neuen and the Hour of Power Choir, our amazing soloists and everyone that helped to make this evening a success. It is a joy to be able to share such great shows in our community. Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

Longing for God

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues the series of messages on Living the Psalms- Encouraging the Suffering Soul. Today’s message is “Longing for God.”

Dr. Dave Martin is known by many around the world as America’s #1 Christian Success Coach. His passion is to teach others how to walk in the fullness of God’s plan by pursuing, possessing and teaching the scriptural keys to biblical success. Dr. Martin is the author of several best-selling books, including Another Shot, which will be available in September. The book can be pre-ordered at DaveMartin.org.

Ken Medema is an Hour of Power favorite. Born nearly blind, Ken began playing the piano at age five and today performs all over the world. Ken’s performances regularly include songs that have been improvised both musically and lyrically and are based on a sermon or story he has just heard. Today, Ken performs “Jesus Lover of My Soul” (comp: Ken Medema). He is accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

Violinist Luanne Homzy is a member of the Hour of Power Orchestra, as well as the instrumental group Trio Dinicu. Today, she performs “The Four Seasons; Summer; Movement III” (comp: A. Vivaldi). Luanne is accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

Directed by Don Neuen, the Hour of Power Choir performs “My Redeemer Lives” (comp: Samuel Medley; John Hatton; arr: Jan Sanborn). The choir is accompanied by Zeljko Marasovich on the organ.

The Sublimity of Gratitude and God’s Love

Pastor Bobby Schuller continues the series of messages on Living the Psalms- Encouraging the Suffering Soul. Today’s message is “The Sublimity of Gratitude and God’s Love.”

Pastor Russ Jacobson interviews Dr. Jim Kok, Certified Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education and a pastor with Crystal Cathedral and Shepherd’s Grove since 1984. Jim, along with Craig and Debbie Bourne, are the founders of Care and Kindness Ministries. Jim has devoted his career to the care of hurting people and training others to practice acts of kindness. His new book, Transform Belief into Behavior is available at careandkindness.org and wherever books are sold.

Directed by Don Neuen, the Hour of Power Choir performs three anthems by composer Joseph Haydn: “The Heaven’s Are Telling,” “The Marv’lous Work” with soloist Sarah Grandpre, and “Sing the Lord, ye Voices All.” The choir is accompanied by Zeljko Marasovich on the organ and Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

The Path of Wisdom

Pastor Bobby Schuller begins a new series of messages on Living the Psalms- Encouraging the Suffering Soul. Today’s message is “The Path of Wisdom.”

Dorothy Benham is a lyric-coloratura soprano. She has appeared on Broadway and been a guest artist with Symphony Orchestras throughout the country. In 1977, Dorothy was crowned Miss America and today she continues to be a part of the Miss America organization. Today, Dorothy performs “The Holy City” (Michael Maybrick). Dorothy is accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

Sarah Grandpre and Dana Baker are members of the Hour of Power Choir. Today, Sarah and Dana sing “More Than Wonderful” (K. Wolfe; arranged & orchestrated by M. Riley) and “The Lord’s Prayer” (Albert Hay Malotte; arranged & orchestrated by M. Riley). They are accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

Hour of Power favorite Daniel Rodriguez is known as America’s tenor. He has won numerous awards, including The Disney Group Humanitarian, USO Lifetime Achievement, and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the “Heart for Children” foundation. Today, Daniel performs “God and God Alone” (Phillip McHugh; adapted & orchestrated by M. Riley). Daniel is accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

Directed by Don Neuen, the Hour of Power Choir performs “It is Well with My Soul” (comp: Philip P. Bliss; arr: John Ness Beck). The choir is accompanied by Zeljko Marasovich on the organ.

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Grace and Peace

Pastor Bobby welcomes John Mark Comer to the Hour of Power. John Mark is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown: A Jesus Church in Portland, Oregon. He recently graduated with his master’s degree in biblical and theological studies at Western Seminary. John Mark and his wife, Tammy, have three children, Jude, Moses and Sunday. For more information on John Mark and his ministry, go to bridgetownajc.org or visit www.johnmarkcomer.com. John Mark’s message today is “Grace and Peace.”

Todd Strange is a member of the Hour of Power Choir. Today, Todd sings “Ev’ry Valley Shall be Exalted” (comp: G. Handel). He is accompanied by Clara Cheng on the piano.

Frank Sontag is the host of the Frank Sontag Show. He is heard Sunday through Friday on KKLA 99.5 FM in the Los Angeles area from 4 – 6 pm during afternoon drive time. A motorcycle accident in the 1980’s nearly cost him his life. In a quest to find out why he survived, Frank turned to New Age and spent the next 20 years leading a discussion on spirituality on Los Angeles radio station KLOS 95.5 FM.  Frank has written an autobiography titled, Light the Way Home: My incredible ride from new age to new life, available wherever books are sold.

Directed by Don Neuen, the Hour of Power Choir performs “With Wings as Eagles” (comp: Paul Williams; Benjamin Harlan). The choir is accompanied by Zeljko Marasovich on the organ.

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See Like Jesus

Pastor Bobby concludes the series of messages on building a “Live Like Jesus” culture. Today’s message is “See Like Jesus.”

Marla Kavanaugh is a critically acclaimed leading lady in opera and musical theatre. Originally from New Zealand, Marla has traveled all over the world performing not only as a solo performer, but also with The Highland Divas. Marla is married to tenor soloist, Daniel Rodriguez. Today, Marla performs “The Lord’s Prayer” (comp: Albert Hay Malotte; arr: J. Carl) and is accompanied by the Hour of Power Orchestra with Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Choir with Don Neuen.

Singer and songwriter Karina Nuvo is a Grammy nominated artist. Karina’s music encompasses all cultures, races and genders with gospel, R&B, disco and Latin jazz. Karina is currently writing and producing songs for film, television and commercials. Today, Karina sings, “Over the Rainbow” (comp: E.Y. Harburg; Harold Arlen). She is accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

Donna Schuller is a certified nutritionist with a passion for helping people to learn to properly feed their bodies, minds and souls. She is the author of “Healthy Family, Happy Life: What healthy families learn from healthy moms.” Donna has been married to Robert A. Schuller for over 30 years and is Pastor Bobby’s stepmother. Donna can be found at Donna@SchullerMinistries.org. For more information on Robert and Donna, go to RobertSchullerMinistries.org.

Directed by Don Neuen, the Hour of Power Choir performs “Rejoice, the Lord is King!” (comp: Charles Wesley; John Darwall; arr: Joel Raney). The choir is accompanied by Zeljko Marasovich on the organ.

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Pray Like Jesus

Pastor Bobby continues the series of messages on building a “Live Like Jesus” culture. Today’s message is “Pray Like Jesus.”

Mark McVey is best known for his theater credits, which include more than 3,200 performances in the role of Jean Valjean in the musical, “Les Miserables.” J. Mark has performed in Carnegie Hall with Marvin Hamlisch, and has appeared with the Boston Pops and The National Symphony Orchestra. J. Mark earned a gold record for his participation with the Trans Siberian Orchestra. His CD and DVD “The Inspiration of Broadway” is available wherever music is sold. Today, J. Mark sings, “Ordinary Miracles” (comp: M. Hamlisch; A. Bergman; M. Bergman) and “Orphans of God” (comp: J. Lindsey; Twila J. Labar). J. Mark is accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra.

Jim Rosene and Chris Marshall are part of Kids Around the World, a ministry founded in 1994 by a group of businessmen who wanted to help their sister city Kiev, Ukraine with building a playground. Today, 440 playgrounds have been built in 80 countries. Jim is the President and Chris is the California Regional Vice President of this organization. For more information on their ministry, go to KidsAroundtheWorld.com.

Directed by Don Neuen, the Hour of Power Choir performs “My Song in the Night” (An American Folk Hymn; arr: Mack Wilberg). The choir is accompanied by Zeljko Marasovich on the organ and the Hour of Power Orchestra with Dr. Marc Riley.