Chorus of Friends begins 18th season with cantata
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.