Smoot to hold Christmas Concert

The youth ensembles at the Smoot Theatre — the Children’s Chorus, the Girls Ensemble, the Boys Ensemble and the Barbershop Quartet — perform together recently at St. Francis Xavier Church as part of Winterfest. The groups will present a Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church.

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles will present a Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Parkersburg.

The concert is a free performance, with donations gratefully accepted. Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 430 Juliana Street in Parkersburg, is handicap accessible and has ample parking available.

The choral groups are The Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus, now in its ninth year, the Smoot Theatre Boys Ensemble, now in its seventh year, and the Smoot Theatre Girls Ensemble, currently in its fourth year; and the Smoot Barbershop Quartet.

The Children’s Chorus will begin with its traditional processional “Jubilate Deo” from the 17th century and will continue with various seasonal favorites and multi-cultural selections: “Gaudete” from the 16th century, featuring soloists Sophia D’Eramo, Eisley Adams-Morrison, Alex Marshall, and Christian Marshall; an arrangement of “Still, Still, Still” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem” entitled “It’s So Still in Bethlehem”; and a Nigerian Christmas Carol “Betelehemu”, ending with “The Bells of Christmas Medley.”

The Girls Ensemble will present their processional “Sing Dem Herrn” by Michael Praetorius, “Something Told the Wild Geese,” “On Christmas Night,” “Et In Terra Pax,” the traditional Spanish carol “Riu, Riu, Chiu” and “Winter Wonderland.”

The Boys Ensemble will present “Dominus Vobiscum” with soloists Micah Kaminski, Caleb Brown and Aiden Haroldsen; “Down Our Way” featuring soloists Gabriel Cantwell, Brayden Smith and Paul Teltscher; “Away in a Manger,” “Coventry Carol” and “A Gentleman’s Christmas.”

The Smoot Barbershop Quartet will perform “The Huron Carol” and ” God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” traditional French and English carols respectively.

All the choirs will combine to sing “A Merry Christmas Medley” and will close the concert with the traditional “O Come, All Ye Faithful” featuring organist Marie Mallory.

The Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus is an auditioned choir of 39 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.

The Boys Ensemble is a group of twelve boys in grades seven and above and is directed by Janet Blessing, with accompanist Amy Sinclair. The Girls Ensemble is a group of 30y girls in grades seven and above and is directed by Cathy Martin, with accompaniment by Sinclair.

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