Churches combine choirs for Christmas performance

QCS photo: Steve Hansen Sopranos and altos sing out on Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Front row from left: Fran Tollett, Jacklyn Gonzales, Jessica Braziel; middle row from left: Janet Griffiths, Betty Ragan, Amy Pospichal; Back row from left: Kenna McKenzie-Young, Olana Romero and Amber McClure.

QCS photo: Steve Hansen
Sopranos and altos sing out on Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Front row from left: Fran Tollett, Jacklyn Gonzales, Jessica Braziel; middle row from left: Janet Griffiths, Betty Ragan, Amy Pospichal; Back row from left: Kenna McKenzie-Young, Olana Romero and Amber McClure.

QCS Staff

The combined choirs of the Center Street United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church of Tucumcari presented their annual Christmas Cantata on Friday at the Methodist church sanctuary.

The 32-voice choir under the direction of Harold Sloan, choir director for the Methodist church, sang selections from A Musical Christmas, created and arranged by Tom Fettke, along with other traditional selections including Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah, “Still, Still, Still,” an Austrian hymn, and “Silent Night,” played on harp, bells and guitar.

Linda Cosner provided narration.

Solo voices included Alex Garcia, 11, Brian Wilson, Amber McClure and Olana Romero. Kenna McKenzie-Young played “Still, Still, Still” on the harp and joined a bell choir consisting of Margie McKenzie, Nancy Mueller and Betty Ragan, and guitarist Lou Sims on “Silent Night.”

The concert was dedicated to the memory of Joe Cooper, who was an active member of the Center Street Methodist congregation. Cooper, 76, was killed in an auto accident near Clovis on Dec. 18.

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