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Nov. 25, 2002 – The Christmas season is concert time for the St. John Singers, and the choral group has three performances scheduled in December — two in Coral Bay at Emmaus Moravian Church and one in Cruz Bay at Nazareth Lutheran Church.
All locations provide a lovely backdrop from the performances. The music promises to be equally interesting, with Vivaldi's "Magnificat" as the showpiece.
"We're doing the whole 'Magnificat,'" said Nancy Morse, a member who is helping with publicity for the group.
The program also includes a selection of lighter holiday pieces. They include "The Twelve Days of Christmas," "Let It Snow, Let It Snow," "A Child is Born," "How Far Is It to Bethlehem?" and the traditional West Indian carol "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby."
There will be a humorous take on J.S. Bach's Fugue in G Minor called "The Cold and Fugue Season," too. "It's very light hearted," said Craig Barshinger, another member helping with publicity.
At all three concerts, the St. John Singers will invite members of the audience to sing along on some traditional carols, with the words provided on handouts.
The choir of about 30 members is directed by John Cahill. Its Christmas programs also will feature performances by pianist Lorna Young-Wright and flautist Nancy Ruffer.
The concerts are at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Emmaus Moravian, 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Nazareth Lutheran and 8 p.m. on Dec. 21 back again at Emmaus Moravian.
Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for children ages 5 and under. They're available at Connections on St. John and from choir members and also will be sold at the door the evenings of the performances.

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