JOIN US A HALF-HOUR BEFORE CURTAIN at 7 p.m.
Christmas Open House with holiday string music and refreshments. FREE nursery and childcare (up to 8 years old) will be provided all evening
Featuring vocalists: Tim Borquez, Judi Stewart, Stephen Stewart, Jim Wheeler and Becky Borquez
Featuring musicians: James Rellita, Dylan Cal, Alex Borquez, Bobby Crew, Scott Manke, Dan Mehta, Patti Brattan and The Clover String String Ensemble
Pastor Eddie Ledesma, of New Hope Community Church shares, “This experience is truly inspiring; bringing fresh new music, musicians, vocalists, storytelling and the community all together in the holiday spirit and an opportunity for our Tapestry Worship Arts Team to share the legacy of the Christmas Story in a fresh, novel way,” he explains. “This special set of songs walks the listener through the story of the coming of Christ, from prophecies and symbols in the Bible’s Old Testament that predicted his coming, to the longings of God’s people in exile, to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and the praises of the angels. We want the evening to be a casual concert experience, with individuals and families from our community coming together to celebrate the Christmas story through some fantastic folk-rock music performed by awesome musicians.”
Tim Borquez, director of Tapestry Worship Arts at New Hope, explains his initial attraction to the musical work, “I heard one standalone song by contemporary Christian artist, Andrew Peterson, called ‘Labor of Love’, a song about Mary the night she gave birth to Jesus, and what intrigued me most about the lyric and haunting arrangement was the emotional “word pictures” he was painting for the listener”, he continues, “As I dug deeper into his material, I discovered that this song was from a collection of folk-rock-Americana songs he had composed for a concert tour in 1999. Every year thereafter for 17 years, Peterson and fellow musicians have toured and performed this set of music for a few weeks during the Christmas season. After the successful response from our last two years’ audiences, the New Hope Tapestry team felt we should build our Christmas Celebration around this outstanding creative piece for a few more years. Although it is a very familiar and popular piece in the Nashville and southeast region of the country, we felt it was important to introduce and share this special experience with the Southern California area and we hope to be the place that folks will come every year to see a high-quality iteration of this work.”