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Cantata Represents Spiritual Celebration of the Season

Concerts on Dec. 21 in Ellicottville and Salamanca

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On Sunday, Dec. 21, close to 80 voices will join to bring eager audiences two performances of the 2014 Christmas Cantata, an annual tradition since the early 1970s, “The Christmas Story”.

The Ellicottville Christmas Cantata Choir is alive and well, and up in attendance by about 30 members from last year’s group.

This year’s choir comprises of singers from the Salamanca Music Community as well as Ellicottville and the surrounding area.

The first performance will be held at United Congregational Methodist Church in Salamanca at 3 p.m. The church is located at 134 Broad St. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

The same evening of Dec. 21 at 7 p.m., the second performance will take place at Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church at 22 Jefferson St. in Ellicottville. This concert will open with the Celtic Group Group “Versatility”, followed by a brief intermission before concluding with the Cantata. Once again, concert goers will be treated to refreshments following the event.

The goodwill offering that will be taken during the intermission at both performances will help to defray the cost of the music as well as contribute to the Ellicottville Community Food Pantry.

Choir members have been rehearsing diligently for the past few weeks under the direction of Annette Ieda, who has been directing the Cantata since 2010.  Ieda, says that “It is a real thrill to be conducting such a large and talented group of voices.”

Please make time to come to this year’s concert. As always, the talented sounds of local singers will fill these two churches with the joy of the season.

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