To celebrate what many consider to be the true reason for the season, folks involved in the annual Community Christmas Cantata are getting their voices and their horns tuned-up for the popular holiday event this Sunday.

The third annual musical presentation, “A World of Christmas” by Joseph and Pamela Martin is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Palestine Civic Center.

Based on the premise that music is a language that transcends every cultural, religious and national boundary, the goal of “A World of Christmas” is to join the community together in celebrating the carols and traditions of Christmas.

“Music is what connects this group of people together,” Community Chorale and Orchestra Director Rhonda Herrington said Thursday. “It is our way to give something to our community.”

According to Herrington, preparations for the annual event began in September, with volunteers sacrificing their own free time working at rehearsals.

“This event has been steadily growing and has been well received by our community for the past three years,” she said. “There are approximately 15 different religious affiliations — a total of 60 people — participating in the chorus, orchestra and technical support.”

Herrington said that she and those involved in this event have high hopes that the annual cantata will continue to grow in the years to come. The group has plans to add a youth chorale for third through eighth graders next year.

“I am very proud and honored to be associated with this talented group of individuals,” she said. “We hope everyone will come out and show their support by helping us fill the Civic Center Sunday.”

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Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com.

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