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ARP Church sets holiday performance

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Christmas music Fayetteville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church will be holding its annual Christmas performance on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.

The production, free of charge to the public, will be held in the sanctuary of the church. A nursery will be available for those with small children who would like to attend the performance.

This year ARP will present “Many Moods of Christmas” by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett.  The “Many Moods” is a collection of many of our most popular Christmas carols in a beautiful arrangement with a heavy brass orchestration.

Some may remember the church presenting this majestic piece of music about ten years ago, and it has remained one of the most popular programs.

In addition to wonderful local singers, joining the program are the children’s choirs of ARP and The Heritage Children’s Chorale of the South, a 40-voice group of young singers from eight to 18. This group has sung all over the country and has been a part of some of Fayetteville ARP’s past programs.

This group has also performed and recorded with Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Vince Gill and Donna Summer, to name a few. They were originally founded and sponsored by First National Bank and have been in existence for over 25 years. They are under the direction of Mary Stephenson.

The orchestra this year will be a large group of trumpets, trombones, French horns, flutes, oboes, clarinets and a large percussion group of marimba, chimes, celeste, timpani and sleigh bells, among others. These artists are from the Nashville area and also perform and record all over the country as part of the Bradley Brass.

“The ‘Many Moods of Christmas’ is truly a wonderful way to get into the true spirit of Christmas like it was years ago with your families before its current commercialization,” said Joe Stephenson, ARP choir director.

“This is going to be a major undertaking, but one we feel will be well worth the effort,” he added. “Please plan on joining us to help make this a truly spectacular, memorable and moving offering to the community, as well as a blessed reminder of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

ARP Church is located at 1720 Huntsville Highway, Fayetteville.