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Seasonal inspiration

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By Kirsten Laskey

The Easter season inspires a lot of artistic creativity and Los Alamos First United Methodist Church interim choir director James Beinke will unveil April 5 what this holiday influenced him to produce.

On Palm Sunday, an original Easter Cantata will be performed at 11 a.m.

Beinke explained the church offers two types of services – a contemporary worship and a traditional service. During the traditional service, a choir rather than a praise band performs.

The cantata will be featured during the traditional service, he said.

The title of the cantata, a musical composition that uses vocal solos, choruses and instrumental accompaniment, is “Redeemed” and “it is a mix of traditional sounding church music and more contemporary forms. (There’s) a little bit for everybody,” Beinke said.

He co-wrote the cantata with his daughter, who lives in California. Through phone calls and e-mail messages, the father-daughter team created the piece.  “Together we would hammer out the final product,” Beinke said.

This is not the first time they have collaborated. In 2005, Beinke and his daughter wrote a Christmas Cantata for the First Congregational Church in Roscommon, Mich.

Beinke said he wrote the music and his daughter produced the text.


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