The Coshocton Community Choir will perform selections from their "Child of Promise" Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Newcomerstown. The 100-voice adult choir, under the direction of Charles R. Snyder, will perform a mix of sacred and secular Christmas choral music.
"Every year we try to look at the ageless Christmas story through a different lens," said Snyder. "That new focus inspires a concert logo, suggests musical possibilities, and shapes the writing of the narration by the Reverend Richard Hoover. Columbus artist Tom Kulewicz has been designing the Christmas concert logo since 1988 - thirty years! Pastor Hoover first penned the narration in 2009, and has been writing it each year since 2013. We feel fortunate to be able to collaborate with such gifted colleagues.
"Because this year marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of 'Silent Night', I've chosen a setting that's new to us," added Snyder. "Rhonda Polay's arrangement of our most beloved Christmas carol is not what one would expect, but it has become a new favorite as we've been rehearsing it.
"Three other songs new to us are 'Judea,' an energetic Christmas song written by William Billings, one of America's first composers; a newer setting of the old Sunday School song, 'Jesus Loves the Little Children'; and 'The Work of Christmas', written by contemporary composer Dan Forrest, using a powerful text by Howard Thurman, an African-American philosopher, author, theologian, and educator."
St. Paul Lutheran Church is located at 121 South College Street in Newcomerstown. The Church is handicapped accessible. No tickets are necessary but a freewill offering will be accepted to help support the ministry of the Coshocton Community Choir. Additional information is available by calling the Church office (open 9 a.m. to noon) at 740-498-6682, or Steve Barker, at 740-498-7430.
To find out more about the Coshocton Community Choir, call the choir office at (740) 623-0554, check out the Coshocton Community Choir Facebook page, or visit their website www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org.