COSHOCTON, Ohio — The Christmas Rose is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir’s Festival Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 8, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Over 200 musicians from throughout central Ohio will weave together the Christmas Story at Coshocton High School’s McKinley Auditorium. Musical selections during the 90-minute concert span the centuries as the adult choir, the Children’s Choir, and the Youth Chorale, all under the direction of Charles R. Snyder, perform a mix of sacred and secular choral music.
“Christmas songs and scripture abound with imagery of flowers blooming in the desert,” said Snyder. “Some songs see Jesus as the Christmas Rose; others speak of Mary as the flower that bore the Savior. As always, choosing a new theme each year allows us to see the Christmas story through a different lens. Once again, our artist friend Tom Kulewicz has beautifully captured that in the logo he’s designed for this concert.”
This year’s concert narration has been written by The Reverend Richard K. Hoover, retired pastor of Roscoe United Methodist Church. “His love of music and his ability to capture and relate scriptural truth with poetic beauty make him a natural for this task,” continued Snyder. ”He also wrote the concert story for us in 2009. We are grateful that he agreed to tackle this task again.”
Snyder says the songs suggested by The Christmas Rose theme include the time-honored ‘Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming’; composer friend Garry Cornell’s ‘One Perfect Flower’; the seasonal favorite, ‘Gesu Bambino’ by Pietro Yon; and Z. Randall Stroope’s hauntingly beautiful piece for women’s voices with piano and oboe, ‘There Is No Rose,’ based on an ancient Christmas text.
Other audience favorites will include Paul Christiansen’s setting of ‘O […]