With Christmas approaching, we will have a full plate. The Bell Choir is already planning their appearance at the Botanical Garden, and the Crescendo Choir has anthems planned for early in December and Christmas Eve. On Sunday, December 17, at 11:00 worship, the Adult Choir will perform Hugo Distler’s short cantata “A Little Advent Music,” based on the Lutheran chorale “Savior of the Nations, Come” for choir, narrator, organ, flute, oboe and violin. Distler (1908-1942) was one of the martyrs of World War II. As a church musician he was persecuted by the Nazis, and in 1942 he received a conscription notice for the German army. As a pacifist, he took his own life rather than participate in war. In a bitter irony, the day after Distler’s death, his family received a letter exempting the composer from military service due to his cultural contributions.
Christmas Eve will bring musical contributions from all of our groups, and will feature familiar and some perhaps not so familiar choral works.