Auburn United Methodist Church
“Forgotten Carols” on November 28
The Music Ministry of Auburn United Methodist Church will open it’s 2017 Christmas Music Season line-up with a musical production of “The Forgotten Carols” on Tuesday, Nov. 28th at 6:30 PM in the church sanctuary. The performance will feature Emmy Award winning actor, Michael Young and local performing and recording artist, Jacquie Cruz on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 PM. The Forgotten Carols stage performance tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little-known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd, and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season. Young has a 25-year entertainment career encompassing all areas of production. A TV Emmy Award winner (recognized for ABC’s Kids Are People Too!, ESPN Sports, Young Talent Time and CBS’ Miss Teen USA) he was also part of the launch teams at CNBC, and The Disney Channel. Young began his career at QUBE, the world’s first interactive TV network, created by Warner Communications, where his show won cable TV’s first ACE award for entertainment series. Young would later host a game show of his own; a Florida Lottery game show called Flamingo Fortune alongside Lisa Stahl. The performance will also feature AUMC’s mixed ensemble, the Jubilate Singers, as well as soloists J. T. Edmonson, Jack Hudon, and Gary Klarenbeek. There is no admission charge and a love offering will be received.
The season line-up continues with the Voices of Mobile on Sunday, December 3 at 3:00 PM. The VOICES of Mobile is a highly versatile, auditioned vocal ensemble consisting of 16 students from The University of Mobile. VOICES maintains a highly visible and consistent performing schedule in churches, schools, conferences, and civic events throughout the United States and abroad. The group just returned from an extended World Tour, which took them to incredible ministry opportunities in Cuba, China, and the Philippines. Additional ministry opportunities have included performances at the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church in NY, Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference, the White House, Carnegie Hall in NYC, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, Israel, the Cayman Islands, and a Coast to Coast tour traveling as far west as California and as north as the New York. Their recent audiences have included Condoleezza Rice, Tim Tebow, Dr. Ben Carson, & President George W. Bush. A great emphasis is placed on a desire to honor the Lord in word and deed as stated in the mission statement of the group; “Honor Him with our Lives and Praise Him with our VOICES.” VOICES is produced by Dr. Roger Breland and directed by Andrew and Jenna Goodwin. Breland states, “To me, they are more than singers – they are people that love God, representing their University and their faith. You will love the VOICES of Mobile…I love their hearts.”
Auburn United Methodist Church
Advent Music Series,
“Live at 12:05”
The Music Ministry of Auburn United Methodist Church has announced a unique musical offering for the community each Thursday during the Advent Season at 12:05 PM. The Music of the Season programs called “Live at 12:05” will be held each Thursday beginning on December 7th. These noontime concerts provide an opportunity for the members of the community to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Christ child through music. Each year these concerts, about 30 minutes in length, have grown in attendance while providing an opportunity for listeners to get away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. The Thursday programs feature the following: December 7 at 12:05 featuring the Women’s Ensemble, December 14 at 12:05 Featuring the Jubilate Singers and Kay Lee, violinist, and December 21st featuring moving choral music by soloist Jacquie Cruz and the vocal ensemble 4Him and inspiring instrumental music on the magnificent AUMC sanctuary instruments by organist Sandra Watwood and pianist Gary Klarenbeek.
The Music Ministry of Auburn United Methodist Church will present the 17th annual Christmas Festival on Sunday, December 10th. Christmas Festival at AUMC is the area’s largest Christmas musical presentation featuring the 100+ voice Festival Choir and full professional orchestra. Always the highlight of the season and the largest Christmas musical production of the year at AUMC, this year’s Festival concert will feature the widest range of music repertoire ever. Christmas Festival will remind you why this truly is the most wonderful and joyous time of the year! Christmas Festival day will begin with a dynamic Worship Service of Lessons and Carols at 11:00 AM in the sanctuary with the full choir and orchestra.
At 6:30 PM the choir and orchestra will return for the Christmas Festival Symphonic Pops Concert with it’s most ambitious Christmas performance to date. Concert attendees will delight in hearing all their holiday favorites from the sacred to the Pops with magnificent new arrangements by Mack Wilberg, principal conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir including “Wexford Carol,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Joy to the World.” There is music for every musical taste including Mendelssohn, Handel, and Mozart as wells as favorite Pops like “Sleigh Ride,” “The Twelve ‘Daze’ of Christmas,” and many more. The high energy performance with dazzling lighting effects and scenery make this a great musical treat for all ages. A nursery is provided for young children. Don’t miss this biggest choral/orchestral concert of the entire season. No tickets required. A love offering will be received.
A GIFT OF MUSIC FOR THE COMMUNITY
Sunday, December 17th | 3:00 pm
The Gentlemen Trio was established in June 2014 and is comprised of three highly trained tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever. Pioneering a signature sound that can only be described as “Cinematic Pop,” the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies all composed by the group’s producer Stephen Nelson. Critics have called GENTRI’s sound “strong, brave, and inspiring” as well as “anything but boring.” GENTRI has performed alongside world-renowned talent, including international tenor sensation Alfie Boe, Tony Award-winning vocalist Idina Menzel, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and legendary rock band Journey. Other notable events include performing at the Governor of Utah’s annual gala, as well as performing the national anthem for the Utah Jazz, San Diego Padres, and Colorado Rockies. GENTRI also was recently featured on an EmmyAward-Winning television Christmas special with YouTube sensation Lexi Walker that was broadcast to over 20 million homes. Follow the Gents on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@GENTRImusic), and download their music on iTunes/Amazon.
For further information consult the church website at www.aumc.net, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AUMCMusicMinistry/, or contact the church’s Music Department at 826-8800.