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Gouverneur Community Chorus to present “The Song Everlasting” on Sunday

Dan McClelland

The Gouverneur Community Chorus and instrumentalists, under the direction of Dr. Donald Schuessler, Jr., preparing to present “The Song Everlasting,” written and arranged by Joseph Martin, at the First United Methodist Church of Gouverneur, 34 Grove St., on Sunday, April 14, 4 p.m. (Rachel Hunter photo)

The Gouverneur Community Chorus and instrumentalists, under the direction of Dr. Donald Schuessler, Jr., preparing to present “The Song Everlasting,” written and arranged by Joseph Martin, at the First United Methodist Church of Gouverneur, 34 Grove St., on Sunday, April 14, 4 p.m. (Rachel Hunter photo)

by Rachel Hunter

The Gouverneur Community Chorus is set to present “The Song Everlasting,” by Joseph M. Martin. It will take place at the Gouverneur First United Methodist Church, 34 Grove Street (across from the U.S. Post Office) on Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m.

The Gouverneur Community Chorus of local church and community members will blend their voices with an instrumental ensemble of piano, flute, clarinet, guitar, violin, cello and percussion under the direction of Dr. Donald Schuessler, Jr.

The Gouverneur Community Chorus includes the following members: Kristine Battersby, Karen Brungard, Mary Dixon, Linda Golja, Stephen Jadlocki, Franny Knott, Kathy Kopchinski, Paige McCrea, Marlene Morris, Sid Peters, Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Quick, Jenny Reddick, Chris Rediehs, Jay Rizza, Glenda Schuessler, Marla Shampine, Blane Shrewsberry, Harry Smithers, Isaiah Sochia, Sam Sochia, Sue Spilman, Max Tessmer, Gail Thomas, Donna Thorpe, Mark Tomford, Pastor Mike Tomford, Lily Towne. Instrumentalists include the following: Lauren Correa, Violin, John Dixon, Percussion, Chris Hosmer, Cello, Beth Johnson, Piano, Laura Rediehs, Flute, Glenda Schuessler, Organ, Mike Welch, Guitar, Jenelle Yeoman, Clarinet. The narrator is Henry Leader.

The Gouverneur Community Chorus has been practicing for weeks in preparation for the annual Easter cantata. “The Song Everlasting” masterfully weaves together hymns, spirituals and folk songs to dramatically present the life of Christ – the miracle and blessing of Christ’s earthly ministry, the humility of His passion and the victory of His resurrection. The song list includes the following selections: :Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed?,” “Christ Is Risen,” “Come Unto Me,” “I Will Arise And Go To Jesus,” “I Will Sing The Wondrous Story,” “Journey Of Hope And Promise,” “Procession Of Praise,” “Sacred Head,” “Wondrous Love,” “Song Of Humility,” “Songs Of The Wayfarer,” “The Sure Foundation,” and “The Wondrous Story.” Thoughtful narration and spectacular orchestrations crown the cantata with variety and skill. It will also include opportunities for audience participation.

The Gouverneur First United Methodist Church is handicapped accessible and the nursery staff will be available to care for young children.

For more information please visit www.gouverneurumc.org or call 315-287-2440.