The Anderson County Community Chorus and Orchestra will be performing an Easter-themed cantata, entitled “The Rose of Calvary,” at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Palestine Civic Center.

“This cantata portrays the life, ministry, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Rose of Sharon,” said chorus director Rhonda Herrington. “Joseph Martin has translated into music the image of a sacred flower from heaven’s own garden blooming in the shadows of our world to portray hope and comfort.”

Sunday’s performance will be the sixth for the Community Chorus and Orchestra, with their first occurring in December 2003 and the second in March 2004.

According to Herrington, the annual event has been steadily growing and has continued to be well received by the community.

“Music is the language that transcends every cultural, religious and national boundary,” she said. “It is what connects this group together and it is our way to give something back to our community.”

The Palm Sunday performance includes the debut of the Anderson County Youth Chorus, which consists of 40 children in grades three through six.

“A children’s choir breathes life into the musical soul of a city,” said cantata composer and conductor John Rutter. “Without children, there would be no future.”

Herrington is excited about once again being able to direct the annual community-wide Easter performance and is pleased with the hard work of all the people involved.

“It is meaningful to me to have people dedicate their time in putting this together,” she said. “Some come from choir practice at their own church to practice again with us.

“It is nice to have people dedicated enough to do that.”

Herrington invites all congregations as individuals in the community to attend the free event.

“How better to be with our community to hear the timeless story of God’s precious Rose through this Easter Cantata,” she said.


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