Louisville, KY – The 54th Annual National Quartet Convention officially kicked off on Sunday evening, September 11 at Louisvilleâ€™s Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. This special Sunday night concert event boasted attendence in excess of 2,000 people, as Southern Gospel Music lovers arriving early for the 2011 event were treated to the sounds ofÂ multi-award winning groups, Greater Vision, The Hoppers and The Booth Brothers.
Excitement fills the air in the city of Louisville this week as Southern Gospel Music fansÂ from more than 40 states and at least a half dozen countries will attend the 2011 Convention. In addition to the many popular quartets, trios, duets and soloists featured throughout the week, prominent keynote speakers featured include Dr David Jeremiah, Dr Charles Stanley and former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who will be featured on Thursday.
The National Quartet Convention offers fans of Southern Gospel Music something no other event can…the convenience of â€œone stop shopping.â€ The Convention is the only event of the year where fans can see and hear their favorite groups at a single event, then meet group members and purchase music, videos and much more at any one of the 500 exhibit booths which span throughout 175,000 square feet. Southern Gospel Music lovers can enjoy their favorite music all day long, as music spectaculars begin each morning and continue until midnight each evening.
Headliners on Monday eveningâ€™s concert in Freedom Hall included Grammy nominated recording artist, Karen Peck & New River, Trumphant, The Hoppers, Gold City, as well as seven-time IBMA Group of the Year, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Christmas comes early to Louisville on Tuesday, as an NQC Christmas is the theme of the day, as the day kicks off with a special bonus Christmas concert. Christmas decorations will deck the hallways of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Later in the evening, Christmas sounds will ring loudly throughout Freedom Hall, as a special NQC Christmas In September music extravaganza highlights the night.
Seats are available for all afternoon showcases and evening concerts and may be purchased in the North Wing lobby of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Visit www.nqconline.com for a complete schedule of events.
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About the 2011 National Quartet Convention: This year marks the 54th Annual National Quartet Convention. The Convention has made its home in the city of Louisville since 1994. Approximately 40,000 people will attend the 2011 event, which takes place September 11-17, with at least 40 states and a half dozen foreign countries represented. The Convention is Christian music’s largest marketplace and largest annual event with more than 500 exhibitors and nearly 300 Southern Gospel recording artists in attendance. Seats for daily and evening performances may be purchased on site during the week of the Convention in the North Wing lobby at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center.
***INTERVIEWS THROUGHOUT NQC WEEK MAY BE ARRANGED BY CALLING 919-215-8207.