Christmas on Clairemont


Christmas on Clairemont
Sunday, December 18, 7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

Christmas on Clairemont is a collaborative music event featuring notable conductors directing a full orchestra, organ, piano, soloists and a festival choir of more than 100 voices presenting the timeless music of Christmas.

Formerly a Buckhead event, it is being brought to Decatur and First Baptist Church Decatur. The evening’s host is FBCD organist Daniel Solberg.

Free of charge and all are invited.

The concert benefits the Lake Victoria Water Project.
Voluntary donations will be received at the event. You may make a donation now here. Please designate Christmas on Clairemont - Water Project.
Donations made by check can be made out to First Baptist Church of Decatur and note in the memo line:  Christmas on Clairemont - Water Project

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The first annual Christmas on Clairemont features a full orchestra, organ, piano, special guest soloists, and a festival choir of more than a hundred local voices from First Baptist Decatur, Decatur Presbyterian Church, the Georgia State University Singers, and many others!

The concert is fully funded and presented free of charge to the public. Voluntary contributions will benefit clean drinking water in the Lake Victoria region of Kenya.

Christmas on Clairemont also will feature notable local conductors including host Daniel Solberg, Nick Bowden (previously at Peachtree Presbyterian Church), Deanna Joseph (Georgia State University), Scott Atchison (Peachtree Road United Methodist Church), Rolando Salazar (Atlanta Opera Chorus), Matt McMahon (Decatur Presbyterian Church), and Kathryn Hartgrove.
"This is one of the biggest musical collaborations we've ever seen" said Kathryn Hartgrove, music director at First Baptist Church Decatur, and voice faculty at Georgia State University. "Many musicians in the orchestra are part of the Atlanta Symphony, and we have a talented group of singers to match."  

"We've been doing this model for years at a big church in Buckhead, and it's time to bring it to Decatur," Solberg said. "All concert expenses have been covered by a generous donation, so that every dollar we collect as an offering goes straight to a worthy cause." Contributions received at the concert will benefit "Start With One Kenya," an organization that transforms the lives of thousands of Kenyans each year through education, clean water, building shelters and improving health. Christmas on Clairemont will specifically benefit the Lake Victoria Water Project, which provides water filters to the Kenyan islands on Lake Victoria.  

"I had the opportunity to go to Kenya this summer," Daniel Solberg said, "and it was an emotionally transformative experience. The people living on the islands of Lake Victoria are quite literally surrounded by water, but none of it is safe to drink." Death rates from water born diseases on the islands of Lake Victoria are incredibly high. "We will be funding the purchase of enough reusable water filters to provide clean water to every household on the islands of Lake Victoria."  

Come experience Christmas on Clairemont.