Community Christmas concert Sunday, December 17

Rev. Ron Burcham, Senior Pastor of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, invited all Chandler-area residents who love the Christmas season and enjoy well-performed Christmas music to attend one of this year’s Community Christmas Concerts on Sunday afternoon, December 17. The cast will present two one-hour performances beginning at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. The admission fee will be two cans of food per adult to benefit the Chandler Food Bank.

“We were absolutely overjoyed by the response to our Community Christmas Concerts last year. Both performances were filled to capacity,” said Pastor Burcham, who also serves as Master of Ceremonies for the event. “If you have never attended one of our Community Christmas Concerts, you will find that they are a joyous, audience-friendly, musical celebration of Christmas unlike any other. In addition to being entertained with Christmas music performed by gifted musicians, the cast accompanies the audience in singing their favorite carols and songs throughout the program,” he stated.

In commenting on the musical content of the concerts, Joel Endicott, Director of Worship, added, “We believe that this year’s programs will even surpass 2016. The 2017 cast will again feature international recording artist and trumpet soloist Tim Moke, who will be joined by Chuck Deuth, former trumpeter with the U.S. Coast Guard Band. In addition, I am very pleased to announce that this year’s concerts will also feature distinguished violinist Patricia Snyder, who will be performing two of the world’s most beloved Christmas songs, ‘Oh Holy Night’ and ‘What Child Is This.’ Ms. Snyder’s brilliant career includes tenure as a First Violinist with four symphony/chamber orchestras, including the prestigious Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, of course, the Risen Savior Concert Choir, Bell Choir and Worship Band will balance out the performances with their renditions of Christmas music that is sure to touch our hearts and bring back fond memories of Christmases past,” Mr. Endicott exclaimed.

Pastor Burcham further commented, “One of the most important benefits of the concerts is that as we celebrate the Christmas season together, we will also be helping many of our less-fortunate neighbors with food donations. Last year, the audiences donated more than 1,700 pounds of food … enough to provide over 1,300 meals. Please join us at this wonderful event. I look forward to welcoming and sharing the joy of Christmas with as many of you as our Sanctuary will hold!” For further information, refer to our ad on page , or visit v