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Singers carol in tree formation

First Baptist Church's concert kicks off tonight

POSTED: December 12, 2013 1:00 a.m.

Mark Green instructs choir members at First Baptist Church before they take their places on the Living Christmas Tree on Tuesday night. Tickets are free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Performances are tonight through Sunday.

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More than 100 singers will don costumes and climb into an ornately decorated stage in the shape of a Christmas tree to perform the annual “Living Christmas Tree” concert this weekend.

First Baptist Church of Gainesville will host its 13th annual Christmas concert with five shows in the church’s main sanctuary for the public to enjoy. Showtimes will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

The concert is free. Tickets may be picked up in the church office at 751 Green St. NW. Tickets are still available for all performances except the 4:30 p.m. Sunday performance.

Almost 80 singers will perch themselves in the Christmas tree while 26 more are scattered around the base of the massive set. The tree construction also is decorated with greenery and lights, which has undergone upgrades.

“We have a new lighting system made up of about 12,000 lights that is choreographed to the music of the choir,” productions coordinator Mark Green said. “We will also have a 31-piece orchestra to go alongside the choir for the performance.”

Song selections will include “Everywhere Christmas Tonight,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Gabriel’s Message,” “A Star” and “Angel’s Carol.”

For residents who cannot attend, First Baptist Church will stream the concert live on its website,

For more information or tickets, call 770-534-7354.


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