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Discover Fauquier December 2019
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After a
break from
performances
in 2018,
the
Living
Christmas
Tree (LCT)
concerts at
Wa r r e n t o n
UMC are back! Choirmaster Peter Lewis
has created a brand new show, complete
with new songs, seasonal favorites,
gospel tunes, and even a 400-year-old
hymn. This year's theme, the Story of
the Birth of Christ, will be told through
narration and music selections. There
will be opportunities for the audience to
sing along during the one-hour-and-20-
minute show. The Saturday afternoon
show marks the 100th performance.
New this year, the community will have an
opportunity to purchase Select Seating
tickets. About 100 seats in rows 3, 4,
and 5 on both sides of the church will be
available for $10 each. Select Seating
ticket holders will be seated early and
guaranteed a seat. All other seats in the
sanctuary are free and available through
the website in advance and at the door.
As always, a free-will offering will be
collected during performances, with 10%
going to Fauquier Community Coalition.
Since 2001, community members
have looked forward to the annual LCT
performances. The audience is dazzled
by over 50 singers arranged in a multi-
tiered Christmas tree reaching to the top
of the three-story high ceiling. Ranging
in age from teens to 80-something,
the singers come from many different
churches and the community, while
more than a dozen accomplished local
musicians make up the orchestra. It
takes over 150 volunteers to make this
event happen.
Replaced in 2015, thousands of
colored LED lights dance to the
music. Church member Chris
Lane, now in his 18th year
with the LCT, designs the
light show with the sheet music
and a computer simulation of
the tree lights. The color of each
individual bulb can be changed
WUMC Living Christmas Tree Concert
Reaches 100th Performance
throughout
the show. A
talented tech
crew makes
all the magic
h a p p e n
behind the
scenes.
Originally purchased in 2001, the entire
cost of the tree was covered by an
anonymous donor. The $30,000 price
tag included the steel frame, greenery,
light strands, a music controller, and
rental rights to the music. Now new
music is purchased and permanently
owned. The 3,000-pound structure
takes about seven hours for volunteers
to put together. Church member Alice
West has held the illustrious title of LCT
coordinator since the beginning.
Peter is excited to be involved in this
special gift to the community for the first
time. One of the singers commented
that he is really teaching them, not just
guiding their rehearsals. "I teach them
vocal technique and how to sing well with
a full understanding of the words," Peter
explains. "My goal is to prepare them to
share the message with the community."
He began planning and selecting music
over the summer and rehearsals started
in September.
Peter attended the Eastman School of
Music in Rochester, New York, and came
to Warrenton UMC with over 25 years
of experience playing the organ and
leading worship at various churches. His
passion for the musical performance will
be evident to everyone in attendance.
"Music isn't the end for me," Peter said.
"Impacting the audience's relationship
with God is my real purpose."
Performances will be held on Thursday
and Friday,
December 12 & 13 at 7:30
p.m. and Saturday and Sunday,
December 14 & 15 at 4:00 and
7:00 p.m. Tickets are available
online at
lct2019.org, or by
calling
(540) 347-1367 x125.
Unused tickets are often turned
in just prior to each performance
for those who wish to get them at
the door.
~ Lynnette Esse
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© 2015 Allstate Insurance Co.
Warrenton Insurance & Financial Services
Sondra McTarnaghan, LSP
540-347-7766
568 Waterloo Rd., Ste. 104
Warrenton, VA 20186
Proud to offer Good Hands® protection to you and your family.
Enjoy all the good moments that come with the season.
Your friends at Allstate wish you the best this holiday
season and look forward to serving you in 2020.
May your holidays be
joyful and bright.