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The weekend is full of holiday concerts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Several local choirs and musical groups will celebrate the season with concerts this weekend. Here are the performances scheduled:

FRIDAY

West Virginia Symphony Chorus: Joined by the Marshall University Choral Union, the group will perform Marc-Antoine Charpentier's "Midnight Mass for Christmas" and Charles Theodore Pachelbel's "Magnificat" at 8 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St.

They also perform at Huntington's Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, 513 10th S., at 8 p.m. Thursday. A free-will offering will be taken at both. Call 304-586-4837 or visit the group's website here.

SATURDAY

womanSong: Under the direction of Emily Capece, the chorale performs "Wrapped in Song" at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. The program includes David Conte's "Christmas Intrada," Stephen Paulus' "Hallelu," Edward Henderson's "Star Song" and Mac Huf's arrangement of "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Guitarist Ryan Kennedy, drummer Brandon Willard and accompanist Janet Brightbill will join them.

Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items. Visit www.womansongchorale.org.

SUNDAY

Appalachian Children's Chorus: The first Ione Guthrie Yuletide Revelry begins at 3 p.m. at the Clay Center. All eight of the ACC choirs will be joined by the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus, a recorder ensemble and a brass band for traditional holiday songs and Old World tunes. Tickets are $15.

The ACC Canticle Choir performs another holiday concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 16. at St. Andrew United Methodist, 815 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans. It is free.

Call 304-343-1111 or visit www.wvacc.org.

Charleston Civic Chorus: The chorus' free winter concert begins at 3 p.m. at the Charleston Baptist Temple, 209 Morris St. Directed by J. Truman Dalton and accompanied by Randall Peters, the group will sing Stephen Paulus' "Canticum Novum" (with added harp, flute, oboe and percussion accompaniment), as well as multiple selections from John Rutter's "Chrismas Motets" and The King's Singers Choral Library's Christmas Collection.

A reception follows. Visit www.charleston-civic-chorus.com.

Clendenin Community Chorus:The 74th annual performance by the chorus of Handel's "Messiah" is at 3 p.m. at Clendenin United Methodist Church, 121 Koontz Ave. Admission is free. Call 304-548-5362 or email HG.Young@mail.wvu.edu.

PipeSounds: "A Christmas Spectacular" features Huntington native Rodney L. Barbour on the Harrah Symphonic Organ. Barbour has performed with the Holiday on Ice Orchestra and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He also was the official organist of the Cincinnati Reds for 11 years.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. at the Forrest Burdette United Methodist Church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane. A reception follows. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under age 5. Visit www.pipesounds.org.

University of Charleston Holiday Gala Concert: The UC Concert Choir, University Singers and Charleston Brass Quintet perform "Music: A Gift to Change the World," a free concert of secular and sacred seasonal music at 3 p.m. in the school's Riggleman Hall. The concert is free, but a free-will offering for the African Children's Choir and Music for Life Centers will be taken. Call Joseph Jansich at 304-357-4903 or visit www.ucwv.edu.

West Virginia Youth Symphony: More than 100 young musicians ages 7-20 will perform works by Handel, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven and Bizet in the group's annual winter concert at 3 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children. Call 304-561-3542 or visit www.wvyouthsymphony.org.


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