Christmas concert appeals to the deaf, helps needy

The Logan Tabernacle’s Christmas Concert Series comes to an end this weekend with three nights of music, all free to the public. The Cache Chamber Orchestra performed Friday night and Saturday Handel’s Christmas Messiah will be performed. Founder and Director John Ribera says in the past the Multicultural Messiah was presented at Easter time, part of it in Spanish and part of it was interpreted by the deaf. Ribera says for the second time a shortened version is being presented during the Christmas season. “We’ll have the soloists, we’ll have an orchestra,” Ribera says. “We’re very fortunate that Dr. Freeman King from the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education program will be there as an interpreter for the deaf once again on stage for us,” he continued. “He is very talented and he brings, I think, a new dimension to listening to the Messiah, watching him as he performs.” Ribera says the Messiah starts Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Logan Tabernacle. On Sunday, Ribera will be the choir director for the 12th Annual Community Food Pantry Benefit Concert, the following offering for this Christmas season. Concert Chairman Gary Griffin says he’s hoping a lot of people will be there Sunday to hear the inspiring Christmas music. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Griffin said there is no charge for admission but everyone’s asked to bring a contribution for the Cache Community Food Pantry Pantry Director Matt Whittaker says, because of the recession, a record number of people have been coming to the food pantry this year, many of them for the first time. Asked what kind of food items are needed most, he said anything and everything would be appreciated but there is one item more popular than others. “The number one need, this past year, has been cooking oil,” Whittaker says. “If we just get smaller bottles to be able to pass it out easier to families. “Close behind that follows sugar. That could be brown sugar, powder sugar, granulated sugar, just in small five pound or 10 pound bags to be able to give that away to families. People are always asking, ‘I’d like to cook this,’ or ‘I’d like to cook that, do you have cooking oil, sugar, flour?’ So cooking items” are high in demand. Griffin says there will be bins set up around the Tabernacle where patrons can put food items and Griffin says financial contributions would also be appreciated.

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