Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles to present Christmas concert
PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles will present a Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Parkersburg.
The concert is a free performance, with donations accepted. Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 430 Juliana St. is handicap accessible and has ample parking available.
The choral groups are The Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus, now in its eighth year, the Smoot Theatre Boys Ensemble, now in its sixth year, and the Smoot Theatre Girls Ensemble, currently in its third year.
The Children’s Chorus will begin with their traditional processional “Jubilate Deo” from the 17th century and will continue with many seasonal favorites and multi-cultural selections, such as “Duermete,” a Spanish lullaby, the German folk song “Kling, Glackchen,” the Scottish “Christmas Lullaby,” “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” from America and a medley called “French Carol Suite.” Featured soloists will be Erin Carmicle, Sophia D’Eramo, Owen McCrady, and Helena Teltscher. Instrumentalists will be Melissa Herceg on the flute and Scott Cain on hammer dulcimer.
The Girls Ensemble will present “Sing Dem Herrn” by Michael Praetorius, the traditional English “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” a 15th century melody “Carol of the Star” and “Carol of the Bells.” The Girls and Boys Ensembles will then present “Night of Silence.”
The Boys Ensemble will present a contemporary version of “Jubilate Deo,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” by Michael Praetorius, a SPEBSQSA arrangement of “While By My Sheep,” “Ding A Ding A Ding” by Greg Gilpin, and “Let There Be Peace on Earth” by the Smoot Barbershop Quartet. Featured soloists will be Aiden Haroldsen and Josh Leavitt.
All the choirs will combine to sing “Here We Come A-Caroling” and will close the concert with the traditional “O Come, All Ye Faithful” featuring organist Marie Mallory.
The STCC is an auditioned choir of 43 fourth, fifth and sixth graders from the Mid-Ohio Valley who meet for weekly rehearsals and music instruction by the staff: director Barbara Full, accompanist Marsha Parsons and Smoot Director Felice Jorgeson. Accompanist for this performance will be Marie Mallory.
The STBE is a group of 15 boys in grades seven and above and is directed by Janet Blessing, with accompanist Cathy Martin. The STGE is a group of 19 girls in grades seven and above and is directed by Cathy Martin, with accompaniment by Amy Sinclair.