Chorus of Friends begins 18th season with cantata

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Lafayette County Chorus of Friends performs its 2013 Christmas cantata in Concordia Saturday. The choir boasts residents from across the county, in addition to some traveling from Independence and St. Louis. Three of the members hail from Concordia this year and one from Emma. (Sarah Reed/The Concordian)

Patrons took off their coats and settled into the pews at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Saturday afternoon. Members of the Lafayette County Chorus of Friends took their places on risers. Vocals steadily built and harmonized as singers performed this year's Christmas cantata.

The Concordia performance was the first of five scheduled throughout the county this month.

"This is a finished performance," conductor Guy D'Aurelio, PhD., said.

The group sang Pepper Choplin's "Heaven's Child," which incorporates an orchestral accompaniment and narration.

The cantata delves into the Christmas story with songs such as "We welcome you, Emmanuel," "My Eyes Have Seen the Child" and "Angels Coming Down to Earth."

D'Aurelio lauded the chorus, saying they loved the arrangement from the beginning.

And if a standing ovation is any indication, the audience did as well -- many staying after the performance for an encore.

Remaining performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Christian Church in Waverly; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at First Baptist Church in Lexington; and at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at United Methodist Church in Wellington.

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