In addition to the Charleston Civic Chorus winter concert on Sunday, a number of other area choral and music groups will have their holiday programs this weekend:
West Virginia Symphony Chorus
The Symphony Chorus joins forces with Marshall University's Chamber Choir, Choral Union and Orchestra to form a 200-musician performance of Haydn's "Nelson" Mass and Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" at 8 p.m. Friday at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St.
The concert will also be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday at Marshall University's Smith Recital Hall in Huntington. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be accepted. Call 304-586-4837.
First Lady's Festival of Songs
High school choirs and show choirs from across the state will participate in this free event, which runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Culture Center Theater. Groups perform every 15 minutes. Local schools include Winfield at 10:45 a.m., Poca at 11 a.m., Hurricane at 12:45 p.m. and Capital at 2 p.m. Call 304-558-0220.
The chorale ensemble kicks off its 15th season with "A Candlelight Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church United Methodist, 1221 Quarrier St. The program includes "Vermilised" by Veljo Tormis, "So Many Angels!" by Gwyneth Walker, both performed for the first time in Charleston, and 'A Ceremony of Carols' by Benjamin Britten.
Admission is free with a donation of nonperishable food. Call 304 744-4642 or visit www.womansongchorale.org.
Handel's 'The Messaiah'