Christmas Cantata Premiere

post by guest blogger Susan Royer

‘Tis the season when church choirs across the land marshall their resources, creativity, and inspiration to prepare and present a Christmas Cantata for a worship service sometime in December. These expanded choral works usually require a great deal of rehearsal time, but result in an enriching experience for both the musicians and the worshippers.

One such presentation is coming up this Sunday at Shenkel UCC in Pottstown PA, but with a twist. After the sudden death of a beloved choir member last fall, his wife Barbara decided to do something special with the memorial contributions that were given on his behalf. And thus an original cantata was commissioned in memory of Robert Brown. Fortuitously, the Director of Music is Kaitlyn Waterson, and her husband is a rising star as a composer. Starting with familiar carols, but with completely new and stunning arrangements, David Matthew Brown created a musical experience that is sure to create an inspired worship experience for all.

The premiere presentation of Thy Perfect Light will be offered during the 9:30 worship experience on Sunday December 13, 2015 and will feature the Chancel Choir, including several soloists, as well as composer David Brown on violin, Susan Royer on piano, and Pastor Bonnie Moore reading the narration authored by Kaitlyn Waterson

The choir is honored to share this original composition for the first time ever, and in memory of their dear friend Bob Brown.

(Shenkel United Church of Christ, 1580 Shenkel Rd, Pottstown, PA)

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