Singing Christmas Tree will feature acclaimed pianist

The Singing Christmas Tree, Cayman’s spectacular musical Christmas extravaganza, takes place on Nov. 26 and 27.

The family musical event, free to the public, will feature as many as 75 singers in an artificial 21-foot-tall Christmas tree, combining their singing talents with an elaborate computer-controlled light show synchronised to music.

The tree will have an interdenominational choir, a children’s choir and a host of local artists.

Siegfried and Christer Tepper

The two-night event will also feature international acclaimed concert pianist Siegfried Tepper. Mr. Tepper has been the conductor and music director of the Mozart Chamber Orchestra of Burlington, Canada for 14 years. He is also a lecturer at McMasters and Tyndale Universities in Canada.

In addition to his continuing activities as a recognized conductor, pianist and composer, Mr. Tepper has appeared in numerous television and radio programs in North America, Europe and Asia.

Also with Mr. Tepper will be international violinist Christer Tepper, his son. Christer gave his first public performance at age 4. He went on to study at the Young Artist Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. His studies also took him to the U.S., Germany and Italy. He has appeared on CBC radio and has made numerous television appearances and recordings.

The First Assembly of God, in conjunction with other churches around Grand Cayman, is hosting the event “A King is Born” on the grounds of the church at 195 Old Crewe Road, in George Town at 6:30 p.m.

The two-night event will also feature international acclaimed concert pianist Siegfried Tepper.

“What is going to be different about the singing Christmas Tree this year is we are going to have two visiting artists who are going to be fully involved in the production,” said Pastor Bobb. “They will be performing pieces by themselves and within the Christmas Tree.”

From a ministry point of view, he said, “The musical event offers real hope to the people and it lets people know that Christmas time is the time that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

“This gives hope for humanity, no matter what people might be going through.”
He also reminded the public attending that there will be more parking than before despite the many government roadworks taking place on the Linford Pierson Highway just alongside the church. Thousands of chairs will be provided for those attending the event.

“We‘re clearing the land on the west side of the church and there will be arranged parking adjoining the church; [and] – as in years past – there will be ample parking next door to the church at various establishments,” he concluded.

A Singing Christmas Tree, sometimes called a Living Christmas Tree, is an artificial Christmas tree filled with singers used as part of nativity plays which first appeared in 1933 in Mississippi, according to Wikipedia. The tree is constructed of steel and wood and depending on its size, the tree may accompany between 30 to 450 singers.

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