Once Upon a Tree (SATB). By Pepper Choplin. Arranged by Brant Adams. For Choral (SATB). Glory Sound. Choral, Orchestration, Tracks, Cantata, Holy Week and Sacred. 104 pages. GlorySound #A7481. Published by GlorySound (HL.35016181).
The musical is narrated by Luke as he writes of Jesus's last days on earth. Highly effective when presented by choir and narrator, but naturally suited for full staging. It may be performed in its entirety, or in segments at several services. The words and music of this Pepper Choplin cantata are very dynamic and will immerse the audience in the passion and intensity of the major events of Holy Week. As the character of Luke is deeply touched by the story he is recording, the choir and soloists assume his role in the drama. Once Upon a Tree was written for Pepper's own church, Greystone Baptist Church, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The choir rehearsed the musical as it was being written and played a special role as the work was formed and perfected. A profoundly moving experience for choirs and congregations.