PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theater vocal ensembles will perform their final concert of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Smoot Theater, 213 Fifth St.
The choral groups are the Smoot Theater Children’s Chorus, now in its 12th year, the Smoot Theater Boys Ensemble, in its 10th year, and the Smoot Theater Girls Ensemble, now in its seventh year.
The public is invited to the free concert and donations will be gratefully accepted.
The children’s choir will start the show with two traditional folk songs, “Crawdad’s Song” arranged by CC Miller and “Shenandoah” arranged by Andrew Parr.
Next comes the traditional Swahili song Yesu Ni Wangu with solos by Jaida Perez, Hannah Przekurat, Vera Lochard, Cameron Coffman, Judy Shepherd and Tucker Rice.
“A child’s credo” will follow with flautist Melissa Herceg, then famous for Leonard Cohen “Alleluia” with soloists James D’Eramo, Aiden Philpott and Avonlea Lewis and “Solfege Symphony” arranged by Miller.
The Girls Ensemble will present “America the Beautiful” followed by Andrea Ramsey “Sing Me,” “Oh no!” by Ruth Morris Gray, the beautiful contemporary piece “O love” by Elaine Hagenberg and end with “The Mouse Madrigal” arranged by Steven Porter.
The Boys Ensemble will start their game with “Poor foreign traveler” arranged by Jerry Estes and featuring soloists Caleb Rowan, Aidan Klingler, Bryar Greene and Owen McCrady. The set will continue with “Two Latin Parameters” arranged by Mark Patterson, “America the Beautiful” arranged by Aaron Humble and “nine hundred miles» arranged by Philip Silvey. The next selection is “A little barber music for a Sunday afternoon,” “Little Lize”, organized by the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, with soloists Aidan Klingler, Owen McCrady, Paul Teltscher and Caleb Rowan.
The next part of the program is “Happy Mother’s Day,” also organized by the company, ending with “I can’t take my eyes off you” arranged by Ed Lojeski with solos by Bryar Greene and Owen McCrady.
The concert finale will feature all ensembles performing John Rutter’s “Look at the World” and the traditional closing song “Why We Sing” by Greg Gilpin.
The director of the children’s choir is Barbara Full and the accompanist is Marsha Parsons.
The Girls Ensemble is conducted by Cathy Martin with accompanist Jane Irvine.
The Boys Ensemble’s director is Janet Blessing with vocal coach Dennis Deem and accompanist Kim Vineyard.
Felice Jorgeson is the Artistic Director of Smoot Theatre.