Singers wanted for Christmas cantata

Local singers have their chance to join in on a holiday tradition when the Choraliers hold their first rehearsal for the Christmas cantata this coming Monday at St. Mary’s Church.
“We desperately need men that can sing,” organizer Diane Maxey stressed yesterday.
“We do have some good men who have committed already but we like to keep the men’s section full,” she added, noting you don’t have to be an “opera singer” to qualify.
“It’s for fun, enjoyment, to have a good time. It’s not stressful,” said Maxey.
Anyone wishing to participate in this year’s cantata is encouraged to show up at Monday’s rehearsal, which starts at 7 p.m. in the church basement.
This year’s cantata is the tale of Jesus’ birth, entitled “Hope Was Born,” which Cecil Duffy once again will narrate.
While Maxey is making copies of the out-of-print program, anyone with an original or copy from previous years is asked to bring it to the rehearsal.
The date for the cantata hasn’t been confirmed yet but Maxey noted it likely will be slated for either Dec. 9 or 16.
Given the performance is just five or six weeks away, Maxey stressed choraliers should confirm their participation by the end of next week.
She noted the performance continues to be a popular tradition in Fort Frances. “It just starts off the Christmas season. People always say they don’t feel like it’s Christmas until they hear the cantata,” she remarked.
For more information or to confirm your participation, call Maxey at 274-7309.