MASSENA - Holiday music and Christmas carols will fill the air of the chapel at the Massena First United Methodist Church Friday night during the annual Christmas Cantata and bell choir concert.
The show, put on by the Massena Community Choir, begins at 7 p.m. and features a 30- to 40-minute cantata, followed by a performance by the churchs bell choir and a few solo performances.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good or other food item for the food pantry to the concert.
The choirs director, Loren Fountaine, said that the annual event has been going on for about five years. He also explained that the groups practice schedule sometimes picks up slightly once it is closer to the night of the concert.
We start (practicing) usually in the beginning of October and we practice once a week until show time. Sometimes the last week well put a couple of rehearsals in. So generally its three months of rehearsal, Mr. Fountaine said. Also, during the concert evening well have a bell choir here, the United Methodist Church bell choir. It ends up being a pretty good night, about an hour-long program.
Its going to be all holiday music. The piece itself, its all kind of traditional carols done in a more contemporary way. So its music people will know but maybe not done the same way theyve always heard it, he said.
Mr. Fountaine said the turnout will largely depend on the weather Friday night, but generally the group sees between 50 and 100 attendees.
The choir is a diverse group, with members ages ranging from 12 to 70.
There is no admission fee for Friday evenings event at the church, which is located at 189 Main Street.