Recording artist David Haas, who has composed more than 40 collections of worship music and authored more than 14 books, will be conducting a concert and workshop Friday and Saturday at Hiram College's Hayden Auditorium in Bates Hall, 11715 Garfield Road, Hiram.
"David Haas is to Catholic musicians like Justin Bieber is to teenagers," said Jean Marvin, music director at Garrettsville's St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Parish, which is sponsoring the event with Hiram Community Trust.
In 2010, Marvin attended an event at the National Pastoral Musicians Convention and won a silent auction that awarded her with the opportunity for Haas to compose a song for St. Ambrose Church. Haas will perform the piece, "In the Love of Christ," with the church's choir at the concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15.
Marvin began attending concerts starring Haas in 1984 and said he is very charismatic and humorous, but also reflective. Haas likes to involve the audience and give them opportunities to sing along with him.
"It's kind of an interactive concert," she said. "His music is so forward. He takes scripture and puts it to such beautiful music that really touches people's hearts."
Those who wish to further enhance their experience with Haas can attend his workshop Saturday morning for $25. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee, tea and pastries.
During the five-hour workshop, which starts at 9:30, Haas will explain the theology background of worship and teach vocal lessons and other skills necessary to a successful music career. The workshop will also include a buffet hosted by Hiram College Dining.
"He'll talk about why Catholics do what we do and why we worship the way that we worship," Marvin said.
Lori True, a colleague of Haas, will be accompanying him for the concert and workshop. True, a recording artist who has composed several collections of worship music, is also an author and workshop and retreat leader.
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