Behold That Star
by Sally Albrecht & Jay Althouse
"Behold That Star! is an inspiring Christmas cantata that radiates the creative artistry and partnership of Jay Althouse and Sally K. Albrecht. As the Prince of Peace comes to bring light to a people in darkness, we travel by starlight on our Christmas journey. An inventive blend of scripture and hymn texts tells the story. An optional congregational candlelight ceremony adds a special touch as children's voices (opt. solo) and choir combine in strains of Silent Night. Christmas spirituals provide a joyous finale as the choir concludes, "Behold that star of glory! It is the star of Bethlehem!" Designed for incorporation into regular Christmas or Advent worship services, Behold That Star! may also be lengthened to create a special seasonal program or pageant by adding costumes and simple staging. Approximately 25 minutes long, it may be accompanied by keyboard alone or with additional instruments consisting of 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, flute, 2 clarinets and percussion. Both the instrumental parts and a fully-orchestrated performance/accompaniment CD recording are available separately.