Free­land Com­mu­nity Choir will present en­core of can­tata Sun­day

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - CO MMUNITY -

The Free­land Com­mu­nity Choir will present its Christ­mas can­tata Sun­day at 3 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, off Air­port Belt­way.

This year’s can­tata, “In­vi­ta­tion To A Mir­a­cle,” was writ­ten by Joseph M. Martin. The choir is un­der the di­rec­tion of Jacque Wet­zel and ac­com­pa­nied by Janet Hart­man. The Rev. Mark Whit­mer and Millini Skuba are nar­ra­tors.

The can­tata be­gins with, Janet Hart­man play­ing “In­vi­ta­tion To A Mir­a­cle — Over­ture.” The choir will then sing the fol­low­ing songs from the can­tata:

“A Pro­ces­sional of Hope,” fol­lowed by “Joy Aris­ing,” “Your Light Has Come,” “My Soul Re­joices in the Lord” with Dawn Hy­dock as the soloist, and “A Celtic Carol,” fea­tur­ing Jeanette Ir­win, Karen Prus­sock, Robyn Trexler and Denise Wet­zel singing the des­cant.

The can­tata con­tin­ues with, “Al­leluia! Christ Is Born!,” “Would I Miss the Mir­a­cle?” and the fi­nal num­ber, “A Glo­ria Gath­er­ing,” with Joan Pesta as soloist and the des­cant be­ing sung by Jeanette Ir­win, Karen Prus­sock, Robyn Trexler and Denise Wet­zel. Dur­ing the of­fer­ing, trum­peter Frank Balon will play, “Silent Night with Night of Si­lence,” ac­com­pa­nied by Janet Hart­man on the pi­ano.

Joe Ra­cho will be fea­tured with his guitar, play­ing “Won­der­ful Coun­selor “

The pro­gram will end with the choir singing Leonard Co­hen’s, “Hal­lelu­jah,” us­ing spe­cial Christ­mas lyrics for the song, and the au­di­ence singing, “Joy to the World.” Mem­bers of the choir in­clude: So­prano — Mary Beth Bil­lig, Roberta Bran­dreth, Maryann Hines, Jen­nifer Hollinger, Alice Hreben, Dawn Hy­dock, Jeanette Ir­win, Suzanne John­son, JoAnne Korol, Alice Lan­ders, Joan Le­an­dri, Grace Motto, Veron­ica Ol­shef­ski, Betty Por­piglia, Karen Prus­sock, Mary Ribarchik, Elsie Schultz, Linda Tier, Robyn Trexler, Denise Wet­zel and Ar­lene Ye­fchak.

Alto — Kathy Best­wick, Donna Cas­sarella, Sandy Cog­ley, Roseanne De­nion, Karen Depp, Carol Drumheller, Carol Eskin, Gla­dys Fat­ula, Pat Hollinger, Carol Jones, Karen Lin­gen­fel­ter, Marie Marencin, San­dra Meier, Joan Pesta, Patty Rogers, Ge­or­gia Rus­nock and Marie Shovlin.

Tenor — Frank Balon, Jackie Berger, David Fink, Dot­tie Mat­tey, Char­lie Par­sons, Bruce Pedri­ani, Mar­i­lyn Stan­ton, Dave Yea­ger and Jim Young.

Bass — Gil­bert Bit­ten­ben­der, Inge­mar Dal­stad, Bill Drumheller, Larry Gen­erose, Ge­orge Meiss, David Mu­maw, Joe Ra­cho, Robert Rushalk and Les Shupp.

The pro­gram is open to the pub­lic. A freewill of­fer­ing will be taken for the pur­chase of mu­sic for fu­ture pro­grams by the choir.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Jacque Wet­zel at 570-788-3493.

Light re­fresh­ments will be served af­ter the can­tata.

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