The joys of Christmas come early when First Church Orlando presents Gloria! A Christmas Concert, a musical extravaganza that offers an innovative and inspiring look at this heartwarming time of year designed to delight the entire family.
The concert will feature the Christmas Concert Choir performing new, moving works, as well as bringing a festive flair to favorite seasonal carols. The musical journey begins with a vibrant, joyful African rendition of “Noel” by Todd Smith and arranged by Bradford Holmes with a driving rhythmic beat, as well as an exhilarating version of “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” by Kevin Kaska, one of America’s leading young musical talents.
“Serenity,” by acclaimed Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, takes the listener on the more intimate and expressive side of the season with its take on the traditional “O Magnum Mysterium.” Images of snow and church bells come to mind with the epic grandeur of Barlow Bradford’s seasonal favorite, “Carol of the Bells.”
Handbells, children’s choirs, soloists and members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will join in the celebration.