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Classic Chorale concert will include living nativity

Under the direction of Dr. Melanie Hanson, the Park Rapids Classic Choir will perform Nov. 30 and Dec. 2. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise)

The Park Rapids Classic Chorale will present its annual Christmas Concert, "The Nativity," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

The concert is free to all, but a freewill offering will be taken during intermission.

Performing with the chorale this year is the St. Johns Children's Choir, under the direction of Sarah Kaufenberg. The chorale is directed by Dr. Melanie Hanson, with Cheryl Steinborn accompanying both choirs.

The program will feature familiar Christmas carols, including "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "Silent Night, Holy Night," with audience participation and special narration as the Christmas story unfolds and the children's choir forms a living nativity. The chorale will perform a special rendition of "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful" as well as "Wexford Carol," "Carol of the Magi" and "African Noel."

Soloists will include flutists Jennie Anderson and Donna Neumann, cellist Duane Gebhard, and vocalists Matthew Hanson and Aaron Kjenaas. Pastor Krehl Stringer, an ordained Lutheran minister, wrote and will read the narration.