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Choir, brass ensemble and organ come together this weekend

December 15, 2017 GMT

A brass ensemble is accompanying the Yuba Sutter Master Chorale as the group performs Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” featured in weekend concerts in Yuba City and Marysville.

The piece is also accompanied by an organ.

“It’s going to be quite grand with all the voices, and brass and organ,” said director Kathryn Donovan Campbell.

The contemporary Christmas piece is composed for chorus, brass and organ.

The Yuba Sutter Master Chorale Annual Winter Concert is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the First Lutheran Church 850 Cooper Ave., Yuba City; and 4 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church 1000 D St., Marysville. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and under.

The live organ is at the Yuba City concert; a recorded organ part plays at the Marysville church.

The program starts with traditional chorus pieces and ends with the comical “Wolfgang’s Christmas Canon.”

The audience will also sing along with a few carols at the end of the concert.

The concerts are “a nice way … to get everybody in the holiday mood,” Campbell said.

The chorale, with about 40 singers, also includes a medley from the movie “White Christmas” and selections from “Winter Wonderland” and “Coventry Carol” and other well-known songs.

“This is one of the strongest groups we have had,” Campbell said. “It’s the same people, but it’s exciting to see the growth.”

Visit ysmasterchorale.org for information about the chorale.