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National Quartet meets in Louisville this week

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 LOUISVILLE - During the week of Sept. 8-14 over 40,000 Southern Gospel Music fans, representing at least 40 states and more than a half dozen foreign countries will travel to the 56th Annual National Quartet Convention. This will be the 20th and final Convention in Louisville, before the event moves to the city of Pigeon Forge,  in 2014.

This year’s Convention will no doubt be special for those attending this final year in the city of Louisville.

The world’s largest gathering of Southern gospel musicians and fans began meeting annually at Freedom Hall in 1994 bringing tens of thousands of people to the city. 

In 2012, the NQC brought 40,000 people to Louisville with an economic impact of $7,955,500. 

“The NQC has enjoyed remarkable success in Louisville as the Kentucky Expo Center gave us room to grow and reach our full potential.  Though we feel the need to relocate to a vacation destination and a mobility friendly venue for the immediate future, we will always looks back fondly at our 20 conventions in Louisville as they were all more successful than any of the other NQC’s that had occurred prior to moving to Louisville.,” said Clarke Beasley, Executive Director of the NQC. 

The new venue will be located in Pigeon Forge,  the state which hosted the very first NQC in 1958.

Long-time Convention attendees are looking forward to the move; however, many wonderful memories have been made in Louisville, where the Convention has seen tremendous growth. With this year being the final year in Louisville special festivities are plan to celebrate the success of Louisville and the excitement that awaits in Pigeon Forge.

While thousands of fans will make their way to Louisville, many who are unable to attend the event in person will have the opportunity to watch performances taking place in Freedom Hall live, as it happens, or on demand through the NQC’s popular website, www.nqconline.com. All events taking place in Freedom Hall throughout NQC Week will be available through the webcast. This is a feature the NQC has offered for several years now; however, in celebration of the final year in Louisville, the NQC is making the Friday webcast available to the public for free. NQC Free Friday is expected to produce viewership from all over the world. “Through the webcast, subscribers can watch all events live, as they occur on the main stage in Freedom Hall or on demand through the end of October,” Beasley explains. “The webcast has been very popular over the past few years. This year we are thrilled to offer Free Friday, as we expect this to be an extraordinary day, celebrating the rich history the Convention has enjoyed during our two decades in the city of Louisville.”

In addition to viewing the festivities of NQC 2013 over the NQC webcast on a computer, subscribers to the webcast will also be able to view the webcast on their televisions through their Roku device.

Complete information about the 2013 National Quartet Convention, as well as a complete schedule of events scheduled throughout the week may be obtained by calling 1-800-846-8499 or visiting www.nqconline.com.