MASON — The Wahama High School Concert Choir has been chosen as one of 14 groups to perform Saturday in Charleston as part of the “First Lady’s Festival of Songs.”
The free concert will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Culture Center Theater at the State Capitol. Under the direction of Rachel Reynolds, the Wahama choir will perform at 10:50 a.m.
The festival, sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, will be taped as part of a special partnership with the West Virginia Library Commission. It will then air Christmas morning on Library Channel television stations throughout the state.
First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin and WVDCH Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith will speak to begin the program.
“Each year, I am delighted to join Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith and the staff at the Culture Center to celebrate the joy of music,” said Tomblin. “This event brings excitement to the holiday season with performances that showcase the spirit and talent of our state’s youth citizens.”
The Wahama choir will be singing “Ding Dong! Merrily on High,” “A Christmas Lullaby,” “Dark is the Silent Night,” “Enniscorthy Carol,” and “Eternal Father Strong to Save.” Reynolds said the choir was chosen as the result of a lengthy application process and was notified of their acceptance earlier this month.
The complete schedule includes: 10 a.m. Welcome – Commissioner Randall Reid Smith; 10:05 a.m. First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin; 10:10 a.m. Appalachian Children’s Chorus; 10:30 a.m. Cabell Midland High School Collegium Musicum; 10:50 a.m. Wahama Junior/Senior High School Concert Choir; 11:10 a.m. Lewis County High School Minutemen Melodics; 11:30 a.m. Shady Spring Middle School Choir; 11:50 a.m. George Washington High School Unaccompanied Minors; 12:10 Intermission; 1 p.m. Welcome – Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith; 1:05 p.m. First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin; 1:10 p.m. Preston High School Madrigal Choir; 1:30 p.m. Chapmanville Regional High School Chamber and Concert Choirs; 1:50 p.m. Tolsia High School Choir and Select Ensemble; 2:10 p.m. Woodrow Wilson High School Theatre Performance/Vocal Ensemble; 2:30 p.m. Intermission; 2:50 p.m. Mingo Central Comprehensive High School Central Singers Women’s Ensemble; 3:10 p.m. Capital High School VIPs; 3:30 p.m. Mingo Central Comprehensive High School Central Singers Mixed Ensemble; 3:50 p.m. Cabell Midland High School Rhythm in Red.
(Information for this article was partially provided through a press release by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.)
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at [email protected]