Chorale offers community another Cantata

Another year, another Cantata. White Station’s Chorale performed once again at Greater New Shiloh Baptist Church’s annual Christmas Cantata, a traditional service of music. For the second year, they also performed alongside Cordova High School’s Concert Choir. 

The sense of community started prior to the service as Greater New Shiloh invited the choirs to dine with its members at the afternoon fellowship. 

The Cantata began with a candlelight performance of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.” White Station’s Chorale followed, performing a variation of the hymn, “Lo How a Rose ere Blooming,” and a Latin piece, “Canite Tuba.” Members of the acapella groups, DoReHe and Key of She, then closed with a variation of the hymn, “O Come all Ye Faithful.”

“It’s always a treat to sing at Greater New Shiloh, and I have to say Cordova’s choir was amazing,” Mason Pruitte (12) said. “We had a receptive audience and some of that good cooking.”

At the close of the service, senior pastor Franklin Collins expressed his gratitude towards the two choirs. Not only did he thank the choirs and their directors but individually thanked Chorale sophomore James Elliott, who, prior to the service, played guitar with Collins’ son. 

“I was surprised, and it was a little unnatural since I’m not used to something like that happening,” Elliottt said.

The performance concludes Chorale’s three winter performances that included the Winter Concert and the visit at the Peabody.