‘A Classical Christmas’
Ohio Valley Chorale to perform free concert Dec. 10 at First Westminster Presbyterian Church in Steubenville
STEUBENVILLE — On the heels of its first-ever concert this spring, the Ohio Valley Chorale is ready to entertain again — this time with “A Classical Christmas” set to be performed Dec. 10 at First Westminster Presbyterian Church, 235 N. Fourth St.
The 2 p.m. concert, under the direction of Erik R. Waugh, conductor, will feature a program of Christmas favorites, including “Carol of the Bells,” “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and an arrangement titled “Carols of the Night,” which contains “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night.”
The concert is free and open to the public with a free-will offering to be collected.
“Our spring concert was very well received,” Waugh said of the inaugural concert held April 30, also held at First Westminster Presbyterian Church, and featuring Faure “Requiem.”
“We estimated about 400 people in the church that afternoon. The audience was noticeably grateful to have a community choral group back in Steubenville,” Waugh added.
“In the spring, we performed with 54 singers. I am expecting that we will have around 65 for the Christmas performance,” he said, noting George Melhorn will serve as accompanist.
Rehearsals for the Christmas concert began in late August with a kick-off get-together and covered-dish dinner at Wintersville United Methodist Church where practices were held.
The Ohio Valley Chorale, a local community choir that organized this past January to carry on the tradition of the former longtime Steubenville Civic Choral Society.
Music enthusiasts Amanda Abrams, vice president and community relations director; Robb Townsend, president; and Waugh joined forces earlier this year to hold an organizational meeting Jan. 30 at Wintersville UMC to gauge interest in launching the new Ohio Valley Chorale and set the tempo for making some “beautiful music” again, giving area residents a chance to share a common interest and goal and to have some fun, too.
“I am thrilled to be performing a second concert which will close the first full performance season of the chorale,” Waugh noted. “Christmas music really sets the mood for the season, and I’m certain the audience will enjoy what we have prepared for them.”