The Christmas Angels: A Choral Christmas Concert

Dec 03, 2009

The Christmas AngelsSecond’s Chancel Choir and Brass present John Rutter’s energetic and majestic “Gloria” along with many beloved carols and readings about the works of angels on Sunday, December 6, at 6pm in the Sanctuary.

Timothy Russell will narrate the program with writings from Miriam Huffman's book, “The Light of Life: Advent Devotionals.” The readings will enhance the music by engaging us into how angels prepare, minister, praise, and proclaim. In addition to John Rutter's Gloria, the choir will sing Bach's lovely chorale setting of “Wake, Awake for Night Is Flying,” Morton Lauridson's “O Magnum Mysterium,” and Mormon Tabernacles Mack Wilberg's arrangement of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

“This program will thrill the listener, not only with the energetic music by the choir and brass, but with the richness of the texts,” says Gabriel Statom, Director of Music. “The focus on the angels and the way angels work in our midst will have us all thinking about God's glory through this uplifting and praise-centered music. The program, about 45 minutes, will engage you with a variety of music by Rutter, Morton Laurdison, J.S. Bach, and Mack Wilberg. This will be a concert everyone will love.”

Dr. Gabriel C. Statom received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with voice and piano emphasis from The University of Mississippi and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting with organ as the principle instrument from Florida State University. He completed a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Institute for Worship Studies, affiliated with Wheaton College and Northern Theological Seminary, both in Chicago, Illinois.

Statom has conducted extensively throughout the U.S., including performances at the Spoleto Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, and Carnegie Hall, performing with orchestras such as the Memphis Symphony, the New England Symphonic Ensemble and the Mississippi Symphony.