MASON — Listening to festive holiday music while helping less fortunate children.
Those are the elements that make up the annual Bend Area C.A.R.E. Christmas Concert, set for Sunday, 2 p.m., in the Wahama High School gymnasium.
Admission to the concert, one of the Bend Area’s largest holiday events, is $3. Proceeds from the benefit will go to the C.A.R.E. organization to purchase meals and gifts for the “Kids for Christmas” program.
Performing will be the Wahama Concert Band, Wahama Choir, New Haven Elementary School Choir, and various piano soloists. In addition, a slide show will feature student work by the Wahama Visual Art Department, under the direction of teacher Susan Parrish.
The high school choir will be singing seven selections, some of which will include older carols like “The Holly and the Ivy.” Soloists Jacob Rollins and Haley King will be featured in “White Christmas.” A special medley by the Pentatonix will be performed with soloist Adriana Boswell, as well as small group singers Emily Mattox, Jessica Dangerfield, Adriana Boswell and Haley King.
The choir recently featured most of these numbers at the First Lady Festival of Songs at the Cultural Center in Charleston, where they sang for First Lady Cathy Justice. The festival will be televised on Christmas Day on local PBS channels. The choir is under the direction of Rachel Reynolds.
The band will play a number of Christmas tunes including “Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night,” and “Fireside Christmas” (a medley of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “The Christmas Song,” and “Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland”).
The highlight of the band’s performance will be the Christmas Spectacular Explosion, a special arrangement written for Wahama’s band by Aaron Statler. It is a medley of “Good King Wenceslas” and “Jingle Bells.” Emily Hall directs the band.
The elementary choir will sing five songs including “Hark, Hear the Bells,” featuring bell ringers Carson Gibbs, Lillian Bowles, Kate Reynolds, Phoebe Richardson, Raegan Johnson, Anna Bella Mankin, Mary Claire Brinker, and Katie Cullen. Other songs will be “Christmas Night,” “Snow,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and “School of Reindeer,” from the upcoming school play, “How to Teach Your Reindeer to Fly.”
The choir will be performing in a separate concert, along with the play, on Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m., at the elementary school. The choir and play are under the direction of Kimberly Bond.
Following the concert, the high school choir will be selling poinsettias and holding a 50/50 drawing to help raise money to defray the costs of putting on their first full-length musical production. The students will perform “High School Musical” in the spring.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at [email protected]