SUMMIT, NJ - “Come Emmanuel,” a cantata in three movements, will be presented at Christ Church December 21. Mark Miller, noted composer and minister of music at the church, will conduct the Chancel choir, with vocalists from the Summit area and from The Juilliard School in New York City participating in the performance of his original work.
Miller composed the first two movements of “Come Emmanuel” for the Christ Church choirs. The third movement was commissioned by the Harmonium Choral Society last year. Originally an a cappella composition, the cantata was re-worked by Miller for chorus and orchestra. Guest artists will accompany them on trumpet, French horn, harp, timpani, piano and organ.
Two traditional Christmas classics, “And the Glory of the Lord” from Handel’s Messiah and “This Little Babe” from Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” will be included in the program.
Miller joined Christ Church as Minister of Music in 2010. He serves on the faculties of Drew University and his alma mater Yale. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he is a prolific composer, whose works have aired on NPR and NBC. HIs most recent album is “Imagine the People of God.”
The Cantata will be performed both at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m., with Christ Church located 561 Springfield Avenue, Summit. For more information, visit christchurchsummit.org.