Alan Baker, the former high school band director, said that he and choir director Mike Rose had talked about something large and finally decided to put a plan into action. Since the church’s was not big enough, he contacted various singers throughout the community to see if they were interested. The singers included members of Cadiz United Methodist Church, Cadiz Christian Church and New Hope Baptist, he said.
Baker said that the orchestra would include musicians from the Grand Rivers performing arts group and students from Murray State University and Austin Peay University. He said he called contacts of his from the past.
“On This Very Night” was created by Karla Worley and was arranged and orchestrated by Lari Goss. Rose said the piece was written earlier this year. It contains a few selections that many might not be familiar with, but also re-workings of old favorites. Selections include “Sing Noel with African Noel,” “This Baby Boy,” “Joy to the World! Hallelujah!” “The Little Drummer Boy,” and a “Festival of Carols.” The carols include “Joy to the World!” “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night, Holy Night,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
See the full story on the front page of Dec. 12's Cadiz Record.