After a one-year sabbatical, the 60-voice Mid-Columbia Community Choir returns to present the 12th cantata since 1989, directed by Bob Van Alstine.
This year's cantata is called "Journey of Hope, the Birth of the Savior," created and arranged by Camp Kirkland and Tom Fettke -- familiar names in the sacred music business.
From prophecy to fulfillment to the expectation of our Lord's return, Journey of Hope provides the chronological retelling of God's eternal purpose in the birth of His Son.
The majority of this cantata has no narrative. Instead, the singing tells the familiar Christmas story.
Soloists, duets and trios are contributed by Anne Fister, Marjorie Rosemont, Linda Corman, Anita Decker, Tim Wilson, David Sauter, David Marvin, Wes Cronk, Bob Van Alstine, Perry Cole, and Tracy Van Alstine. Lana Kent returns as piano accompanist and Craig Salvesen supplies this year's drum support.
As in past years, there will be two performances. The first is on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Hood River Valley Christian Church. Childcare will be provided for preschool children at this performance.
If you are unable to make this performance, you may wish to attend the White Salmon performance. This will be held at Henkle Middle School on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
These performances are free to the public, but freewill offerings will be taken at the door for those wanting to contribute to the Hood River Christmas Project or the Mt. Adams Ministerial Association Emergency Fund, respectively.