The Triumphant Quartet brought more than 250 individuals to Hempstead Hall on the UA-Hope campus Saturday evening. The southern gospel group entertained the crowd in a variety of ways, including soul stirring tunes and stage antics.

The Triumphant Quartet brought more than 250 individuals to Hempstead Hall on the UA-Hope campus Saturday evening. The southern gospel group entertained the crowd in a variety of ways, including soul stirring tunes and stage antics.
A Temptations-inspired song about revival had the crowd laughing and swaying to the beat of the soulful tune. Several request for White Flag, a bluegrass song, was met with a response from the audience waving white towels and handkerchiefs as the singing group put on theatrics, hitting one another with white flags and dancing in a jig-like fashion.
Dolly Henley, director of Hempstead Hall, said gospel music draws crowds from outside the local area.
"One person came in from Monroe, Louisiana," she said.
More than half the audience raised their hands to identify themselves as being from outside the local area.
Henley attributes the draw to Hempstead Hall to targeted marketing, using tools such as email, databases from churches and social media.
"We gather information about every ticket holder so we can give them information that they might be interested in," she said.
Giving each ticket holder a tailored experience is a priority for Henley.
Heavy construction on Interstate 30 caused a severe travel delay. Henley took action by emailing ticket holders, letting them know of possible travel delays and alternative routes.
"It's important we take care of our patrons and give them the best possible experience," she said.
Linda Paxton, of Benton, attended the concert with her husband A.C..
"We absolutely enjoyed ourselves," Paxton said. "This auditorium is first class and every event we go to here is wonderful. Anyone that has an opportunity to come here should, especially for the gospel music acts that come through."
The Paxtons previously attended a December gospel concert at Hempstead Hall and plan to come back for future events.
"Gospel music is defiantly a draw," Paxton said.
Local Glen Wade shares the Paxtons' views.
"Woo, I just love gospel music. I can't get enough of it." Wade said, noting he hopes to continue to enjoy acts such as the Triumphant Quartet for years to come at Hempstead Hall.