“Light Your World” is the theme of the Cardinal Chorale’s winter concert at the Coshocton Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3:00 p.m. Forty-five young singers from throughout Ohio will be part of the concert. The Cardinal Chorale toured across the state last summer performing concerts in Delphos, Fostoria, Lakeside, Dublin, Columbus, and Roscoe Village. The Chorale’s performance will be accompanied by Caroline S. Heading and conducted by Charles R. Snyder, who founded the Cardinal Chorale in 1995.
Snyder says that each year the choir examines a concert theme that encourages singers to grow personally as well as musically. “The idea of ‘Light Your World,’ is that each of us has the potential to ignite change in ourselves and the world around us,” explained Snyder. “It’s a great takeaway message for audience members as well. Albert Schweitzer perhaps put it best when he said: ‘I do not believe that we can put into anyone ideas which are not in him already. As a rule there are in everyone all sorts of good ideas, ready like tinder. But much of this tinder catches fire, or catches it successfully, only when it meets some flame or spark from outside – from another person. Often, too, our own light goes out, and is rekindled by some experience we go through with someone else. Each of us has cause to think with great gratitude of those who have lit the flames within us.'” ?
Snyder says the 90-minute concert contains several numbers that explore this theme. “‘Go Light Your World’ is an inspiring contemporary song encouraging each of us to be beacons to others,” he shared. “Other numbers include a rhythmic arrangement of the spiritual, ‘This Little Light of Mine’; two arrangements by Len Thomas – ‘In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning’ (a Chorale favorite), and ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’ from the musical ‘Evita.'”
The Coshocton Community Choir will join in the final set, including the spiritual ‘Rock-a Ma Soul,’ and what has become a Chorale standard, Paul Christiansen’s setting of ‘This Is My Father’s World.’
The Cardinal Chorale concert on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3:00 p.m. is free and open to the public. An offering will be received to help cover expenses for the weekend. The Chorale will also sing for 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday morning at The Coshocton Presbyterian Church.
The concert venue is located at 142 N. 4th Street in Coshocton. For more information, contact the Coshocton Presbyterian Church at (740) 622-0486.