Mid Columbia Community Choir will present its annual Christmas Cantata entitled, "Celebrate the Season" on the weekend of December 5-7, under the direction of Perry Cole.
This year's 65-voice choir will begin the concert weekend at Parkdale Community Church, 4910 Baseline Road, Parkdale, Ore., at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5.
On Saturday evening. Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Riverside Community Church, 4th & State Street, the choir will again lift their voices together.
A freewill offering will be taken during the intermission to benefit FISH Food Bank at both the Parkdale and Hood River concerts.
The choir will sing a third concert on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Grace Baptist Church, 1280 W Jewett, White Salmon, with a benefit offering to be received for the Evangelical Pastors Assocation and Mt. Adams Ministerial Associates emergency funds.
The concert will highlight a great contemporary cantata by Joel Raney, a sought after composer/arranger.
Anita Decker will be the featured soloist for this great evening of music, lending her beautiful soprano voice to the music.
The choir is also excited to introduce its new accompanist, Diana Beterbide. Beterbide is a local piano teacher and is the organist for Riverside Community Church. Dennis Griffith returns again this year as our narrator.
Following the cantata, there will be a short intermission and then the choir will return to sing several great choral arrangements of familiar Christmas anthems, including, "Silent Night, Holy Night," "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella," Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven," and Mack Wilberg's (director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) arrangement of "Angels We Have Heard on High."
Also featured each evening will be a piano student of Diana Beterbide.
Cole is choral director for Riverside Community Church Choir and the Mid Columbia Community Choir. He also is the manager/volunteer coordinator of Soul Cafe located in The Heights in Hood River.