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Christmas cantata set in Manson

Presentation is based on ‘Mary, Did You Know?’

December 16, 2011
Messenger News

MANSON - The Senior Choir of Our Savior United Methodist Church in Manson will be performing a new cantata based around one of the most familiar and revered songs of the Christmas season, "Mary, Did You Know?"

This presentation will be similar to last year, where the choir will be using a recorded CD accompaniment along with a DVD to enhance the meaning of the presentation. This cantata will be presented during the regular 10:15 a.m. worship service on Sunday.

The public is welcome to worship that day.

Selections include familiar hymns, such as "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Angels, From the Realms of Glory," "Away In A Manger," "The First Noel," "O Come all Ye Faithful," and "How Great Our Joy" along with excerpts from Handel's Messiah with "For Unto Us A Child is Born" and the "Hallelujah Chorus." There are also some contemporary Christian songs including "Jesus, Messiah," "Born To Save Us, " and "One King" included. Rita Cue will be featured as a soloist on "Who Would Imagine A King."

Choir members participating in this presentation include: sopranos - Rita Cue, Alice Jimmerson, Deb Parkison and Donna Stall; altos - Lucy Berner, Ginny Gleason, Deb Gray, Karen Wallace and Nancy Westering; tenors - Niles George, Henry Kenne and Mel Piepe; and basses - Alan Baughman, Harvey Berner, Ted George, T.H. Hoefing, Gene Nelson and Ray Timan. Sound and video will be operated by Dwayne Wallace with Karen Bruns serving as the rehearsal accompanist.

"Everyone is invited to come and hear the retelling of this age-old story, done in a new, unique and wonderful way," said Director Jerrold Jimmerson, "This cantata is a fantastic Christmas musical centered on one of the most recognizable and best-loved Christmas songs of all time, 'Mary, Did You Know?' This cantata will present a joyous and inspiring message of hope to everyone who hears it. Guests are always welcome to come and worship with us at OSUM Church in Manson."



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