Orchestra part of Methodists’ Christmas cantata

Published 11:20 am Saturday, December 14, 2013


It started with casual comments from a couple of First United Methodist Church choir members.

“We haven’t done an orchestra in a long time.”

What evolved from there is a cantata set for this Sunday morning featuring 25 voices and a 16-piece orchestra including musicians from Andalusia, Florala, Pensacola, Troy, Birmingham and Montgomery, FUMC choir director Paula Sue Duebelt said.

The group will present “Promise of a King” at 11 a.m. this Sun., Dec. 15.

“The music is very melodic, very worshipful, inspirational,” Duebelt said. “We truly hope it will be a worshipful experience.”

The musicians will be led by Louisa Baker, pianist, who is joined by musicians playing clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, French horn, oboe, violin, cello and timpani.



Down East Three Notch at First Baptist Church, the choir will present its musical at 6 p.m. Music minister Dwight Crigger said his choir’s musical is “Come, Messiah King,” by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinale.

The choir will be accompanied by Sonia Crigger, pianist, and a DVD track, which also features video in the telling of Christ’s birth.

Soloists include Megan McMullen, Hampton Glenn, Jeremy Boyd and Crigger.