Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church's chancel choir will perform Joseph Martin's Rose of Calvary on Palm Sunday.
The Easter cantata is a sequel to Martin's Winter Rose and follows, by 16 months, Chestnut Level's performance of that composition.
Martin is one of Chestnut Level music director Erik Welchans' favorite composers.
"We did Winter Rose for Christmas in 2017 and we did Rose of Calvary about 13 years ago," Welchans said last week. "About half the cantatas we've done were written by Martin."
The choir alternates cantata performances between Christmas and Easter. The last performance was in the 2017 Christmas season; the next will be for Christmas, 2020.
Rose of Calvary uses the image of sacred flowers to deliver a message of hope and comfort, Welchans said.
"We use a vase of white roses and remove one after each selection, leaving just one red rose," he said.
The performance's finale shows the cross as an instrument of death turned into an instrument of life, Welchans said.
"The performance is an affirmation of life," he said.
The choir will be accompanied by members of a string quartet, two violins, a viola, and a cello - as well as a flute and a clarinet. Those musicians are all Welchans' students from the Lampeter-Strasburg school district.
"We will also have a few students sing with the choir," he said.
The cantata also has two narrators.
The cantata runs about 47 minutes and will be performed at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services on Palm Sunday, April 14.
"The cantata is the message that day," the music director said. "It will be the bulk of the service."
The church is at 1068 Chestnut Level Rd.; the public is invited to attend.