MASON — One of the largest holiday events of the season in the Bend Area is set to take center stage Sunday afternoon at the Wahama High School gymnasium.
Hundreds of both high school and elementary school students will be performing at the annual Bend Area C.A.R.E. Concert. The production will begin at 2 p.m.
Proceeds from the benefit event will go to the C.A.R.E. organization to purchase meals and gifts for the “Kids for Christmas” program. C.A.R.E. member Leonard Koenig said recently the organization will be helping approximately 60 families this year.
Admission is $3 per person or $5 per family. Following the concert, poinsettias used to decorate the stage will be sold for $10 each.
Groups set to perform include the Wahama High School Concert Choir, the New Haven Elementary School Choir, Wahama Concert Band, Tiger Music Orff Ensemble, piano students, and the newly formed Wahama Glee Club. Also participating will be the Wahama Visual Arts Department.
A highlight of the concert will be a glimpse of the newly formed glee club’s program, “Christmas on Broadway.” Fourteen members are in the club, according to Rachel Reynolds, high school choir and glee club director.
Five selections make up the glee club’s total program, although only a portion of it will be performed Sunday. The full program features “Christmas on Broadway Medley,” “Ring Silver Bells,” “Christmas Is,” “Little Saint Nick,” and “Frosty and the Hand Jive.”
The Wahama choir will be presenting a number of tunes, featuring an arrangement of “Ding Dong Merrily On High.” The Tiger Music ensemble will feature the song, “Joy to the World.”
Recorder players Mikie Lieving and Carson Gibbs will be featured in the New Haven choir’s rendition of the traditional German carol, “O Come Little Children.” Other songs by the elementary choir, under the direction of Kimberly Bond, are “African Noel,” “O Arbol De Navidad,” “Joy to the World,” and a song from the school’s Christmas play, “Elfis and the Frozen Princess.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at [email protected]