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The annual rite, which begins Dec. 4 in Sherwood, has two performances scheduled for Newberg

The Community Christmas Cantata, an annual rite in the area for decades, will perform in Newberg and other towns over the course of several weeks in December.

Rehearsals for "What Kind of Throne" began in early November and will continue until the first performance, set for Dec. 4 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sherwood. The choir has slated two performances in Newberg: 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Church of the Nazarene, 23177 Old Yamhill Road; and 3 p.m. Dec. 21 at Joyful Servant Lutheran Church, 1716 Villa Road.

The choral cantata, which is defined in Wikipedia as a "medium-length narrative piece of music for voices with instrumental accompaniment, typically with solos, chorus and orchestra, is in its 33rd season of performances. This year's version was created by Tony Wood and Michael Farren, with musical arrangements and orchestration by Cliff Duran.

"(It) blends narration with a collection of Christmas music in contemporary and traditional styles," a press release stated. "The upbeat and moving music is expected to appeal to most tastes and ages."

The performances, which will benefit the YCAP Yamhill County Food Bank, feature more than 60 participants, including more than 40 members of the six-part, non-denominational choir, a youth chorus, American Sign Language choir, narrators and instrumental musicians that range from piano and synthesizer to percussion, electric bass, guitar and clarinet. Over the past 15 years, with the help of the churches that hosted the events, the events raised more than $187,000 for YCAP. Free will offerings will be accepted as this year's events.

"Many faith traditions are represented from at least 10 communities in several counties and two states," the release said. "Since 1987, this group has assembled annually in early October solely for the purpose of preparing its Christmas cantata.

Since 1990, the group has been directed by Yamhill resident Lee Schrepel, former choir director at Joyful Servant Lutheran Church in Newberg and Trinity Lutheran Church in McMinnville.

Additional performances are set for 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in McMinnville, 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Christian Church in Amity, 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at First Baptist Church in Dayton, 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. John Catholic Church in Yamhill, 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at St. James Catholic Church in McMinnville and 3 p.m. Dec. 22 at Seventh-day Adventist Church in McMinnville.

For more information, call 503-662-3926 or 503-939-1562 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Arts & Leisure briefs

Learn to concoct your own confections at CCC

The Chehalem Cultural Center will stage "Intro to Chocolate Making: Truffles & Bark" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 for attendees age 16 and older and all skill levels.

Chef Ellen Rodriguez Orocio will instruct on making chocolates using a polycarbonate mold and employ various techniques to create bon-bons, hand-dipped truffles and chocolate bark. Students will leave with about four dozen chocolate creations

Students, which pay $15 for the class, should bring a chef's knife, Tupperware containers, a water bottle, apron and a writing utensil.

For more information, call the CCC at 503-487-6883 or visit https://bit.ly/2qVJjx2.

I-5 Connection Chorus will perform Dec. 14

WILSONVILLE – The I-5 Connection Chorus, which features some singers from Newberg, will hold its annual Holiday Concert Celebration at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Meridian United Church of Christ, 6750 Boeckman Road. Under the direction of new conduct Gary Young and new accompanist Ardeth Fulmer, the chorus has been preparing new music and "working hard to produce a crisp, clean sound to make this the best performance ever," according to a press release from the organization.

The chorus has been performing for years and this year will add holiday caroling at local venues to their performances.

For more information, call Dennis Mefford at 425-495-1752 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gallery Theater will stage 'Beauty and the Beast'

McMINNVILLE – Gallery Theater troupe will premier "Beauty and the Beast" with a dozen performances beginning Friday on the main stage at its location at 210 N.E. Ford St. Showtimes for the play, directed by Seth Renne, are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 15. Cost is $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. The theater advises that the play is not suitable for children less than 5 years old.

For more information or for tickets, call 504-472-2227 or visit www.gallerytheater.org.


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