Cantata Christmas concert will return
A series of benefit concerts for the Yamhill County Food Bank will take place in December at churches throughout Yamhill county. The one hour event, "Born is the King: It's Christmas," will showcase several choirs and soloists singing holiday-themed music.
Two performances in Newberg are scheduled for 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Church of the Nazarene and 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Joyful Servant Lutheran Church. The concert is put on by the Community Christmas Cantata Choir, who began in 1987. The choir, comprised of more than 60 volunteers of varying ages, will present a combination of contemporary and traditional Christmas music incorporated into narration for the audience.
The performance will showcase three choirs: a 37-member, five-part choir; a youth chorus and an American Sign Language (ASL) choir. ASL interpretation will also be included for all performances.
Yamhill resident Lee Schrepel has directed the choir since 1990, also formerly leading choirs for Joyful Servant Lutheran Church in Newberg and Trinity Lutheran Church in McMinnville. This will be the 32nd season of the Community Christmas Cantata Choir.
Sherwood will host a performance at 7 p.m., Dec. 5 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Dayton will also witness a performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at First Baptist Church. . Three show times are on tap in McMinnville: 7 p.m., Dec 7 at First Presbyterian Church, 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Seventh day Adventist Church and 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at St. James Catholic Church.
The event will provide refreshments and child care. A free-will offering will also be taken to raise money for the Yamhill County Food Bank program. From the 2003 to 2017 performances, more than $160,000 has been raised.
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