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Mark Schultz in concert
April 9, 2012
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Tickets on sale now for PAC performance

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

DASSEL-COKATO, MN – After a sold-out show in 2008, Mark Schultz, one of Christian music’s most acclaimed singers and songwriters, is coming back to the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center for a solo concert Saturday, May 5.

With songs like “He’s My Son,” which is about a boy from Schultz’s church suffering from cancer whose father was praying over him, Schultz is able to relate his songs to individuals and families around the world.

“If I write real stories, they resonate with real people,” Schultz said.

Schultz, a native of Colby, KS, moved to Nashville and spent eight years as a youth group leader.

Turning his empathy of others into songs, Schultz was encouraged by his church family to perform at a well-known Nashville auditorium to a sold-out audience.

Dassel-Cokato Arts Association Executive Director Colleen Compton saw Schultz at a show in St. Cloud with other performers “and to me, [he] was the best part,” she said of the Dove Award-winning artist.

His collection of songs are “from the heart,” she said, making his performances “very personal.”

In 2011, Schultz released “The Best of Mark Schultz,” a collection featuring 17 of his hit songs including “Letters from War,” Walking Her Home,” and “Back in His Arms Again.”

“The best part of the record are the stories that come with each of those songs, that people have taken them on as one of their own,” he said. “That’s what I think about when I think about those songs, the stories behind them and the effect that they’ve had on people. That’s the highlight for me.”

Schultz will be performing a solo concert with his keyboard and guitar.

Many fans of his who have already purchased tickets were glad it was just going to be him, Compton commented.

With only 300 of the 800 tickets remaining, Compton is expecting another sold-out show.

She has even had people outside the community become members of the DC Arts Association just to get advanced tickets for front-row seats.

Schultz is also attracting fans from neighboring states, with tickets sold to customers in Iowa, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

“I think that says a lot, too, that people are willing to drive for a concert like this,” Compton said.

He has also had past performances down the road in Winsted, at Higher Ground Music Festival, Compton said, noting the festival is no longer being scheduled.

Tickets are less expensive than when he was here last time, she said, which is what the association strives for – providing affordable, quality entertainers.

Tickets for Mark Schultz concert

Tickets are on sale now for the Mark Schultz concert, which will be Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the PAC.

Reserved-seating tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth, and can be purchased through Community Education at (320) 286-4120 or online through Ticket Turtle at http://www.dc.k12.mn.us/pac.

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