Christian Artists Group presents “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” at The Grand Opera House on Sunday, April 6 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $40. Call (478) 301-5470.
It is 1963. CS Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. They are about to be treated to this his compellingly powerful oratory and the engaging warmth of his humor. Lewis is one of the most influential thinkers of the day, and here he recalls the people and events that served to inspire his thought and shape his life.
Though British author C.S. Lewis has been dead for over 40 years, almost all his books are still in print and still enjoy considerable success. He was a close friend of JRR Tolkien, and both authors arguably two of the most successful of the 20th century, wrote all their books in their “spare time.” Tolkien’s output was primarily limited to the Silmarillion, out of which came The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Lewis’ writings spanned a broader range of subjects. His academic books still remain essential reading for students of English literature and his novels are still best sellers. His religious books, which made him one of the 20th century’s foremost Christian Apologists, still have enormous sway.
He is, however, probably best known for his classic children’s series,The Chronicles of Narnia. First launched in 1950 with publication of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, all seven books remain among today’s favorite children’s novels three of which have been turned into blockbuster movies. Apart from his undoubted gifts as a writer, Lewis was also a powerful orator, evidenced by the fact that his Oxford lectures were always over subscribed. He was a regular broadcaster on the BBC and came to be recognized as one of the great intellects of his day. Yet, for all his intellectual prowess, he always retained a great capacity for simplicity and humor, never really losing his irresistible propensity for “boyish” fun. Although Lewis achieved great celebrity during his own lifetime, he remained quite oblivious both to fame and fortune, most of the latter he gave away.
Grammy Award nominee John Berry returns with his nationally touring Christmas concert to the Grand Opera House for this annual holiday favorite event on Friday, December 19, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Berry’s 1995 album O Holy Night launched his annual Christmas concert tour, which is now in its 17th year.
Tickets are $37. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at 11:59 p.m.
Berry has had a string of hits, including Your Love Amazes Me, Standing on the Edge of Goodbye, I Think About It All The Time, Change My Mind, If I Had Any Pride Left At All, Kiss Me In The Car, What’s In It For Me and You and Only You. But it was his stunning performance of the title track of the O Holy Night album that led to his most enduring legacy, his annual Christmas concert.
In 1995, Berry’s single Your Love Amazes Me earned him a Grammy nomination, joining the 18 other hit songs of his that made it to the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. In fact, many of Berry’s albums have gone gold and platinum, earning awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Still, for Berry, the Christmas concert is special, as it provides him with a chance to share his faith and, according to his website, he views his performances as part of “his walk with Christ, (where) his calling has been to share God’s love with his audience. Audiences nationwide agree, selling out each stop on a regular basis, and joining together to celebrate with song and good company what the season means to them — family, friends and faith.
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