This year’s performance, titled “Believe, and Live!,” is written and directed by Concordia Haven III resident Carol Oliver. The story is based on scripture and tells the story of Easter through John’s eyes based on The Gospel of John. John was not only one of Jesus' twelve disciples, but along with his brother James and Peter, one of the three disciples who were closest to Jesus among the twelve. The program encourages audience participation, inviting guests to quote scripture, sing hymns, and pray along with the Chorale.
“We always try to include old hymns in our prelude,” Oliver said, “the ones we know are familiar and dear to our audience’s hearts. We want everyone to be able to sing along.”
The Chorale is composed of approximately 30 Concordia independent living residents, personal care residents, and community members. Haven I resident Rev. Ralph Storm will be playing the part of John and narrating throughout the program. The piece will feature a variety of resident soloists as well as the accompaniment of trombonist Carl Myers, on eof Concordia’s busdrivers.
Oliver first began to incorporate narration into the Concordia Alleluia Chorale’s cantatas in spring of 2014, when she adapted Charles Swindoll’s “Suddenly One Morning” into narration to accompany the Easter performance.
“The Chorale members loved the idea of telling a story with their performance,” Oliver said. “It was engaging and dramatic, something that really captured the audience’s attention.”
Following the cantata, refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Christina Savannah at 724-352-1571 ext. 8518.