Staunton Choral Society
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Rehearsals are Monday night 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Staunton.
Rehearsals for Spring Season will begin January 22
"Tell the News"
Saturday, Dec. 2nd 4PM
563 Bethel Green Rd.
Sunday, Dec. 3rd 7PM
With Xpressions Dancers
Christ Lutheran Church
2807 N. Augusta
We begin the concert with “God Bless America” an acknowledgment of our veterans and Armed Forces that help to ensure our freedom, as marked by the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. In doing this, we also offer our prayers to God for the protections, freedom, and spiritual health of our nation.
As we learn the good news ourselves in "On Christmas Night," we sing to hear the angels announce the birth of the Christ child and all that it means. The well-known "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" calls nations to join the angels in proclaiming the coming of the one prophesied, with "healing in his wings." The Ukrainian "Carol of the Bells" bids us to forget our cares and to join the musical procession of joy at the coming of Christmas.
The women of the chorus, in "Lo, How a Rose," then bring our focus to the historical prophecy of the birth of the Rose of Sharon, the Messiah, by the "Virgin Mother kind." The fulfillment of this prophecy in its beauty and wonder is contemplated in "Mary Had a Baby." This child, born in humility, is the Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace. In "Rise Up, Shepherd," the men of the chorus, take us to the hillside pronouncement to the shepherds. We like they, leave our worldly focus, to seek the child who brings salvation to all. The winter season, depicting the spiritual need of the nations, as the time of Jesus' coming, is the message of "In the Bleak Midwinter." The first half of the concert ends with the rousing "Go Tell It on the Mountain." As did the shepherds, we begin to Tell the News of joy to all around us.
The second half of the concert brings to us a touch of lightness and humor, something that we can share because of the joy of the season. These songs include the greeting "Sing Hey," "The Christmas Waltz," "Santa Claus Is Coming," and "Nuttin' for Christmas," giving us a chance to poke fun at ourselves!
The concert concludes with a direct command to "Go Where I Send Thee." Having heard and rejoice in the good news, we are compelled to spread the word of gladness, by ones, twos, threes, and more. The "Jazz Gloria," concluding the concert, revels in the powerful message and repeats the drumbeat, "Glory to God...Alleluia...Tell the News!"
P.O. Box 2793
Staunton, VA 24402
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