"The Christmas Rose"is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir's Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.

Nearly 100 musicians from around central Ohio will weave together the Christmas Story at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Newcomerstown.

The choir, under the direction of Charles R. Snyder, will perform a mix of sacred choral music styles.

This year's concert narration has been written by The Reverend Richard K. Hoover, retired pastor of Roscoe United Methodist Church.The concert will include songssuch as "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," "One Perfect Flower," "Gesu Bambino," and "There Is No Rose." Audience favorites will include "O Holy Night," "Carol of the Bells," two contemporary Christmas spirituals, and the calypso carol "Mary's Little Boy Chile," made famous by singer Harry Belafonte.Members of the audience will join the choirs and instrumentalists in singing "We Three Kings of Orient."

The concert features the 100-voice adult choir.

St. Paul Lutheran Church is located at 121 S. College St., Newcomerstown. Additional information is also available by calling the church office, 498-6682; or Steve Barker, 740-404-7284.