This year’s Christmas musical at First Baptist Church will feature orchestra and choral ensembles and was created by famed Christian music artists Michael W. Smith, Wes King Bradley Knight and Luke Gambill.
“One of the most profound and significant things as Christians is the birth of Christ, FBC Music Minister Todd Green said. “(We want) to take this … to remind people that it’s not just about buying gifts and giving gifts — we get so tied up in gift giving and receiving that we sometimes miss the meaning of the season. This music is a way to remind yourself as you move into this crazy season what it’s all about.”
Earlier FBC Christmas programs involve a greater focus on theatrical elements. This year, however, Green wanted to do something a bit different, so he put out a call for local musicians and put together an orchestra.
“It’s going to be a nice big orchestral arrangement with choir singing and a half a dozen or from our church. It’s going to be a real, real treat,” Green said.
Green said that it will be a festive community event. The program is based on the on the Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant event, but arranged by Knight and Gambill for church program use.
“This is some of the most beautiful music that I’ve done,” Green said.
The story is almost there, with a title number half way in. It tells the Nativity story from the perspective of Mary in the moments before the birth of Christ. It is narrated by local Chris Welch.
There are 40 members in the choir and 17 in the orchestra.
“There will be one of those feel-good things that remind us what the meaning of Christmas is,” Green said.
The show will be at 6 p.m., Dec.7, 8 at 1006 Hillsboro Blvd. Admission is free, but seating is limited.