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Grammy winner to headline Wheaton College benefit concert

Three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith will perform a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in Edman Chapel on the campus of Wheaton College.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith will perform a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in Edman Chapel on the campus of Wheaton College.

WHEATON – Three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith will perform a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in Edman Chapel on the campus of Wheaton College.

Smith and his wife, Debbie, a 1980 alumna of Wheaton College, are donating the concert and its proceeds toward the completion of the concert hall in the Armerding Center for Music and the Arts, Wheaton College’s new state-of-the-art performing arts center, according to a college news release.

Performers include Smith and his band; Wheaton College alumnus David Hamilton, an acclaimed conductor and arranger; and the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Gospel Choir, Men’s Glee Club and Women’s Chorale. 

Smith has been a staple in popular, inspirational, gospel and Christian contemporary genres beginning with his 1990 recording, "Go West, Young Man," the release stated. In addition to his three Grammy Awards, Smith has been honored with 45 Dove Awards and an American Music Award.

He has sold more than 15 million albums, and his songs can be found in hymnals and on Billboard charts, according to the release. He released his latest albums, "A Million Lights" and "Surrounded," in February.

Smith frequently collaborates with Hamilton, a 1986 graduate of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Hamilton, who earned a degree in classical piano performance and studied conducting and composition at Wheaton, has earned a reputation as a premier orchestral arranger, the release stated.

To purchase concert tickets, visit wheaton.edu/mwsconcert or call 630-752-5010.

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