Easter Cantata to be performed at Tabernacle

“Love’s Greatest Gift,” a cantata acclaiming the resurrection of Jesus Christ and His ascension to heaven, will be presented Easter weekend, April 7 and 8, in the Logan LDS Tabernacle at 7 p.m. An 80-voice choir, a 20-voice children’s choir and an orchestra will perform the cantata. An Easter tradition in Logan, this year’s performance marks the 16th year the work has been presented. The composition was co-written by Cecelia Benson, Karen Carter, and John Carter of Logan and was based on a text by the late Hortense Richardson of Salt Lake City. Its original performances in 1996 and 1997 were on a smaller scale, but when the invitation to present it in the tabernacle was extended in 2000, the piece was expanded to include full orchestra Once again the cantata will be narrated by the familiar voice of Bruce Newbold. Newbold has appeared in television and motion pictures including 17 Miracles, Everwood, Touched by an Angel, Pixel Perfect, The Proof Point, Highway to Heaven and many more. He also recently authored a novel, “Baseball Box Prophecy.” The soprano soloist is Heather Shepherd from Georgia. Her musical experience covers a wide range including classical soloist, studio vocalist, lead singer in numerous pop/rock bands, and backup singer. Later this spring, she will be the soprano soloist in Schubert’s Bass in G in Stockbridge, Georgia. This will be the 12th year Heather has soloed in the “Love’s Greatest Gift.” Heather will be joined by Jonathan Weiss, Logan, who recently had a lead in Utah State University’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. Jonathan Rose, also of Logan, will be the organ soloist in the Sunday presentation. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge for admission.

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