The CenturyMen will make a stop in Abilene Tuesday, July 23, as part of the choir’s 50th anniversary tour.

The group was founded in 1969 with Buryl Red, a noted composer, arranger, and producer as its founding musical director. The all-male chorus will present a free concert at First Baptist Church, 1333 N. Third St. at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Todd Wilson, pastor for worship and music at First Baptist, is a member of the chorus. The public is invited.

The tour began Thursday with a concert at Baylor University. From there, the group traveled to Houston for a performance Friday night and will be in Dallas, Lewisville, and Fort Worth before arriving in Abilene for Tuesday’s performance. From Abilene, they will travel to Kerrville and then to San Antonio for a final performance on July 26.

A 50th anniversary banquet will be held July 20 in Dallas.

Red, who died in 2013, composed works that were heard in diverse places such as Carnegie Hall, Broadway theaters, Radio City Music Hall, even on “Saturday Night Live.” In 1969, at the request of the Southern Baptist Radio & Television Commission, Red founded The CenturyMen, an auditioned men’s chorus of professional Christian musicians who are music ministers and educators from across the United States.

Red co-arranged and orchestrated most of the music for The CenturyMen from its inception until his death.





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