Composer MCDONALD, MARY & SHACKLEY, LAR
Voicing/Instrument SAB SACRED CANTATA/SERVICE
Publisher LORENZ CORPORATION
McDonald & Shackley have combined their musical gifts with the inspired lyrics of Pamela Martin to create a captivating 30 minute cantata for SATB or SAB choirs. In this unique work, the many names of Christ foretold in the Old Testament are used to proclaim the familiar story of Christmas: Immanuel, God With Us brings to life Mary's visit from the angel; Son of David depicts the journey to Bethlehem; and King of Kings involves the Wise Men and the congregation in worship.
Lovely original melodies stand alongside familiar carols to create a musical experience suitable for churches of all traditions. A simple, scriptural narration joins the seven choral pieces, and an optional joyous instrumental overture sets the stage with a medley of Christmas favorites. The orchestration of this work is within the range of many churches, with the option of using digital keyboard along with a small group of woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Performance time: approximately 30 minutes.