New Christmas Musicals

Hope! by Joel Raney

Christmas Musicals for Church

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FOREWORD Presenting Hope, a gospel Christmas celebration for SATB choirs. Following up on last year's Joy!, this is the second in what will become a series of four musicals based on the Advent themes of Joy, Hope, Peace and Love. Like Joy!, Hope can easily be mastered by the average choir, and will also be attractive to congregations with contemporary and traditional services, providing the opportunity to combine all the musical forces into one exciting presentation that will appeal to both groups. Hope tells the story of Christ's birth through six choral anthems, each presented in a contemporary gospel style. There is original music throughout, but you'll also hear plenty of familiar carols infused with gospel, soul, and even a touch of the blues. There's an up-tempo reprise of several of the melodies to wrap things up. Optional narra- tion is provided. Accompaniment can be provided by just piano, or Ed Hogan's dy- namic orchestration or, as another option, we are offering a smaller set of rhythm parts, which includes parts for Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard I & II, and Percussion. Performance time is approximately 35 minutes, making this ideal for fitting into a Christmas worship service or as a separate musical program. – Joel Raney For Preview Only

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