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Merry Christmas from Arizona!

Cindy and I have just finished a fantastic weekend with two great churches in the Phoenix area. 1st Southern Baptist Church of Scottsdale and 1st Baptist Church of Chandler joined musical forces for two concerts featuring Christmas music I’ve written and arranged over the past thirty years.

L to R: Kevin, Robert & Keith
L to R: Kevin, Robert & Keith

What a privilege and pleasure it was for me to direct these two fine choirs and orchestras as they presented their Christmas concerts to their churches. Under the able direction of Keith Matney (FSBC Scottsdale) and Kevin Fryrear (FBC Chandler), we presented ten Christmas anthems and two orchestra pieces. My better half, Cindy, sang two songs with me at the piano.

I can’t say thanks enough for all the hard work and dedication that went in to the making of these concerts. The two choirs, along with their instrumentalists and children’s choirs, have rehearsed separately and jointly since early autumn. Lucky me – I got to come come in after all the hard work was done and lead these wonderful folks in concert.

Thanks also for all the sweet hospitality shown to Cindy and me the entire time we were there. We ate too much, shared some great laughs, and made a lot new friends.

I’ve said it often, and I’ll say it again: It is churches just like these that give my music a voice. Without them, it’s nothing more than notes on paper.

Thank you Keith and Kevin. Thank you Kathy and Rosie (their lovely wives). And thanks to every singer and instrumentalist that made this weekend possible.

My only question is – So what are we doing for Christmas next year???


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