The first Moab Community Christmas Choir will present the first Annual Christmas Concert at the Moab Community Church, 544 Mi Vida Drive, on Sunday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public, with a free-will offering of non-perishable foods and personal hygiene items to be donated to the Moab Food Pantry.
The Moab Community Christmas Choir is made up of singers and musicians from Moab churches. The choir is directed by Mr. Ryan Morrill, 5th LDS Ward, and Mrs. Nanci Flesher, St. Pius X Church. Also directing will be Mr. Don McGuire, 1st LDS Ward. The choir was the inspiration of Mr. Morrill who recognized that, since the former years of the Moab Messiah performances, many singers and musicians still desired the opportunity to participate in a quality, choral concert. Music performed for this concert will be of mostly sacred nature. The 40+ Choir members are from the Moab Community Church, all five LDS Wards, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, St. Francis Episcopal Church, and St. Pius X Roman Catholic Parish. Mr. Morrill, the former band director for Grand County District, is the elementary/vocal music teacher at HMK Elementary. Mr. McGuire is the new band director for Grand County District. Mrs. Flesher, the teacher for the new BEACON Moab Strings Program, is a retired public school, elementary/vocal music and instrumental teacher, and former Director of Music in a large Catholic parish, in Colorado Springs.
The concert will include performances by a Brass Ensemble from the Canyon Winds, and percussionists from the community. The Brass Ensemble will play carols from the balcony prior to the beginning of the concert. The concert will include traditional English, French, German, Austrian carols, and, also carols from Appalachia, West Africa (Cameroon) and West Indies. The final portion of the concert will include audience participation in caroling with the choir and instrumentalists. Following the concert, there will be a Holiday reception in the Fellowship Hall. The members of the First Annual Moab Community Christmas Choir warmly invite everyone to come enjoy some of the best music and fellowship of the Christmas season here in Moab.
Native American Nativities on Display
at the Museum of Moab
The Museum of Moab will be displaying a collection of Native American nativities and crèches November through December. The collection on loan from the Brigham Young University Museum of Peoples and Cultures includes works by several tribes from the Southwest.
“Each piece shows a fusion of Native American beliefs and Christian beliefs combining the old and new,” comments Curator Travis Schenck. “Designs and Motifs mingle to create unique yet beautiful pieces of art.”
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures at BYU is an Anthropology and Ethnographic Museum which collects and preserves items from cultures across the world.
As part of the exhibit the Museum will host a Nativity Night in December and invites members of community to bring and display their Nativities at the Museum. For more information about the Museum’s Native American Nativity Display or about the Nativity Night please contact the Museum of Moab at 435-259-7985.