A Christmas gift of song will be presented to the local community, come Sunday, Dec. 15.
Once again, the Lake Community Christmas Chorus will perform their annual Christmas Cantata at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lakeview. The performance is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
This year’s program, funded by the Floyd Chartier Memorial Chorus Fund and sponsored by the Sage Brush Echoes, is “Bethlehem’s Child,” by Victor C. Johnson and Lloyd Larson.
The chorus director, Lauri Noell Crocker, also adapted the narration for the program, which will be narrated by Marsha Landrith and accompanied by Susie Cahill. Maurice Lepley will serve as the greeter, and Joyce Collins will serve as organist for the occasion.
The chorus performed in Paisley on Sunday, Dec. 8, to an appreciative audience, Crocker said.
As an annual musical proclamation of joy, hope, love and peace, the chorus has performed for more than 20 years at no charge to the public.
“There are no auditions to be a member of this volunteer chorus,” Crocker said. “The chorus becomes a musical family offering the Cantata as a ‘gift of peace through music to prepare our hearts and minds for the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus.’”
A traditional element to the performance each year is its dedication to the memory of former chorus members. For 2013, the performance is warmly dedicated to the following: Floyd Chartier, Donna Moffitt Cossey, Jean Koop, Lois Denny, Carol Willis, Mary Boe, Linda Kemry, Barbara Hoyez, Eva Newcombe, Denny Duke, Jim Jayne, Bev Clause, Barbara Lasater and Susan Vincent.
“Our hearts were heavy and sad as we began our Christmas Gift of Song this year. We all felt the sudden loss of our faithful and beloved Sagebrush Echo member, Susan Vincent. She loved her family, teaching and music… Susan knew that our Christmas music should be a proclamation of Peace, Love, Joy, and Hope. Peace through Music is our message for the season.”
This year’s chorus features a total of 13 singers, including a number of new additions, Crocker said.
“There’s a lot of new people this year that came out to sing,” she said. “It’s a Christmas music family.”
The group represents a broad spectrum on the basis of singers and age groups, she said.
“It’s such a diverse age group,” Crocker said. “Of course, it’s all volunteer and there’s so many hours that go into rehearsals.”
Several descants will be sung by Pamela Frazier, one of the chorus’ new additions this year.
Refreshments will be served following the performance in the Cultural Hall courtesy of the Ladies of the Relief Society.
For more information, contact Lauri Crocker at 541-947-3585.