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Smoot youth choirs will perform on Saturday

Photo provided The Smoot Childrens Chorus, in purple, the Smoot Boys Ensemble, in gray, and the Smoot Girls Ensemble, in black and red, will give both separate and joint performances during the free Christmas Concert 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church.

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

While the performance is free, donations will be accepted. Trinity Episcopal Church at 430 Juliana St., Parkersburg, is handicap accessible and has ample parking available.

The choral groups are the Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus, now in its 10th year, the Smoot Theatre Boys Ensemble, now in its eighth year, the Smoot Theatre Girls Ensemble, currently in its fifth year, and the Smoot Theatre Boys Quartet, now in its fifth year.

The Children’s Chorus will begin with its traditional processional “Jubilate Deo” from the 17th century and will continue with seasonal favorites and multi-cultural selections: the English Carol “How Far Is It to Bethlehem,” a Puerto Rican carol “A La Media Noche,” the traditional African-American “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” and a medley of French carols “Joyeux Noel!”

The Boys Ensemble will begin with “Alleluia Incantation” and “Gloria In Excelsis Deo” and will include the traditional carols “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “While By My Sheep,” “O Magnum Mysterium” by Evan Ramos and ending with “Jingle Bells Celebration.”

The Smoot Boys Quartet will present “We Need a Little Christmas” and a contemporary arrangement of “Mary Did You Know?”

The Girls Ensemble will begin with its processional with “Sing Dem Herrn” by Michael Praetorius, continuing with “From an Irish Cabin,” the traditional Appalachian “Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head,” the French carol “Sing We Now of Christmas,” the contemporary “Come In! Come In!” and ending with “Christmas Chopstix.”

All of the choirs will combine to sing “An English Carol Medley,” featuring soloists Zoe King, Ben Kaminski and Willow Peyton, and will close the concert with “Peace, Peace.”

The Smoot Choir is an auditioned group of 38 fourth, fifth and sixth graders from the Mid-Ohio Valley who meet for weekly rehearsals and music instruction by the staff, which is comprised of Director Barbara Full, accompanist Marsha Parsons and Smoot Director Felice Jorgeson.

The Boys Ensemble is a group of 20 boys in grades seven and above and is directed by Janet Blessing with accompanist Amy Sinclair.

The Girls Ensemble is a group of 26 girls in grades seven and above and is directed by Cathy Martin and accompanied by Amy Sinclair.

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