12-04 Christmas Cantata

Lauri Crocker leads the Lake County Community Christmas Chorus in a rehearsal at the Elks Lodge in Lakeview leading up to their first performance in Paisley on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Paisley High School Auditorium.

For over 25 years the Lake County Community Christmas Chorus has been traveling to Paisley to share “The Gift of Christmas” in song and narration with the northern half of Lake County.

The choir will perform Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. in the Paisley High School Auditorium. A second performance is also scheduled in Lakeview on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at the LDS Church in Lakeview. Special prelude music in Paisley will be performed by Paisley High School students Poon Proongkiat, Mars Saralinov, and Oscar Yeh.

The annual Christmas Chorus has been rehearsing for the past ten weeks to bring the gift of music as a celebration, according to Dir. Lauri Noelle Crocker, of the true meaning of Christmas – the Birth of Baby Jesus. The 2019 performance is entitled “Rise Up! A New Light-A-Comin’” composed by Lloyd Larson and Pamela Martin. Crocker adapted the narration.

The general public is invited to attend both performances, free of charge. It is a concert for the entire family to participate in a proclamation of Christmas hope, joy, love and peace.

Over 6o choir members will perform, accompanied by pianist Susie Cahill. Randy Dary will enhance traditional carols playing trombone and recorder. A violin obligatio will also be performed by Lakeview High School student Hope Brain. The narrator for the performances will be Rev. Eric Sarensen. Throughout the concerts there will be many opportunities for the audience to sing-a-long.

The performance is sponsored by the Sagebrush Echoes and funded by the Floyd Chartier Music Fund. Chartier was an original member of the chorus, and wanted the chorus to continue to tell the Christmas story in song and narration after his death. Donna Chartier, his wife, has continued to help fund the performances.

Peace through music has always been the hallmark message of the musical performance. The traditional final number of “Peace, Peace” includes “Silent Night,” which is performed by both the audience and choir.

Following the performance, the singers and audience will be invited to a reception in the Paisley High School cafeteria coordinated by Toni Bailie and the Paisley Volunteers.

For more information contact Lauri Crocker at 541-947-3585.

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