Opera House will host concerts

The South Charleston Community Choir, South Charleston Children’s Choir and Charleston Brass will present Christmas concerts at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Opera House at South Charleston’s Town Hall.

“This is a big family affair to kick off the Christmas season. Since it’s our 20th anniversary, it will be free,” said Karen Berkhofer, who serves as an accompanist with Kathy McGrath and Carol Wildman.

The Community Choir, directed by Kim Owens, includes: Tom Allen, Leslie Arendt, Barbara Bennett, Jo Berschet, Melissa Biddle, Erin Bruggeman, Joe Carr, Jane Cooper, Zachary Dillon, Jerry Dominion, Diana Donnelly, Frances Edwards, Cindy Elliott, John Eichelberger, LeeAnn Gatten, Lorelei Gatten, Kelly Hale, Elizabeth Hansell, Kathy Hansell, Maggie Hansell, Alicia Harvey, Kim Joos, Beth Judy, Weseline Juergens, Dorothy Kirk, Holly McCombs, Kathy McGrath, Abby Miller, Jeff Miller, Larry Miller, Roberta Miller, Arlene Morrow, Marie Nibert, Ruth Ogletree, Lynne Pulver, Ginny Roberts, Bette Ross, Wendy Russel, Clarence Severt, Carol Simpson, Lee Simpson, Douglas Thompson, Lois Walter, Earlene Wenner, Monica Wenner, Dick Woods, Nancy Woods and Rhianna Wyss.

The Children’s Choir, directed by Frances Edwards with assistance from Diana Donnelly, features third- through seventh-graders. The participants are: Crystal Graves, Charlee Graves, Addison Davison, Madelyn Acton, Michaela Cain, Francesca Hansell, Jessica McCombs, Zoee Biddle, Carrie Miller, Mindy Wildman, Ashley Shelton, Madelyn McKee, Leona Graves, Hailee Cain, Brenda Tovar, Taylor Brown, Kaylee McKinney and Leslie Flores and Frostie.

Tom Allen directs the Charleston Brass, which includes himself, John Eichelberger, Jim Hildebrand and Alan Stile. Other facets of the group will perform, as well. The Sweet Adelines include Frances Edwards, Becky Frantz, Shirley Goodwin and Laura Wilt. Anna Reisenweaver will perform a flute solo. Leslie Arendt will play a harp solo. Maggie Hansell and Zach Dillon will perform “Panis Angelicus.”

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