Fayetteville First United Methodist Church will be presenting their yearly Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
This year’s cantata is “Peace Has Come” by Mary McDonald. The 30-member choir and 14-piece orchestra will present this new work that is based on the promise of peace. Varying styles, from classical to soulful sounds, provide a colorful palette from which this endearing story is told. Well known tunes and carols offer a pleasing familiarity with new tunes weaving together this significant story in a clear and powerful delivery.
The orchestra is made up of professional musicians from the Huntsville area and includes a string quintet, woodwinds, brass and percussion. The group will also include Vickie Halcomb on piano and Barry Petty as conductor.
“It is our hope that this musical will heighten the Christmas season for you and that ultimately Jesus – the gift of God’s peace to the world – will be honored by our collective endeavor,” said the composer.
“As we prepare to present this collection of music of peace, we are reminded of the story of the birth of Christ and are thankful for the miraculous birth,” said Barry Petty, director of the FUMC Chancel Choir.
“Peace Has Come” is a musical gift to the Fayetteville community and is presented free of charge to the public. Fayetteville First United Methodist Church is located at 200 North Elk Avenue.