The joyous sounds of the season will fill the air Friday evening during a special choral concert at the Seneca Mall Atrium in Elkins.
Members of the Elkins Family Worship Center's Sanctuary Choir will perform traditional and contemporary sacred Christmas selections from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by Seneca Mall businesses and Elkins ON TRAC, the choir concert is free and open to the public.
Church member Dolores Magoc, owner of Sewing for the Season, organized the event.
"I thought it would be a nice evening for all to just sit and take some time to relax and listen to the Christmas music," said Magoc. "The atmosphere in the mall is beautiful and relaxing and we'd like to have the community enjoy it as well."
Magoc said she is grateful for the success she's had in her business, which opened in June, and would like to reflect and share that "Jesus is the reason for the season" with others.
Sewing for the Season and other Seneca Mall businesses, including Henry G's, The Closet, Able Nails and Mary Jo's Hair Affair, will remain open during the concert.
Project Manager Karen Carper said the event compliments ON TRAC's goal to increase activity and interest in the downtown area.
"It is great to see businesses working together to provide quality entertainment and a welcoming atmosphere for the public to enjoy," Carper said. "The Seneca Mall Atrium is the perfect venue for music. It will sound like a choir of angels."
The choir will perform under the direction of Worship Pastor John Taylor, who also accompanies the group on keyboard. Approximately 50 people are part of the Music Department at EFWC. Taylor expects 30 to 40 choir members, ranging in age from high school students to senior citizens, to participate in the performance.
Selections will include "Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration" and the pastor's own arrangement of "Mary Did You Know," featuring soprano soloist Robin Coberly. Other soloists include the pastor's wife and lead soprano, Kendyl Taylor, singing "O Holy Night," and alto Linda Weese on "Come on Ring Those Bells." The remaining songs will be performed congregational style with everyone singing together.
Music and other interpretive presentations are part of services at EFWC, located at 1402 Taylor Ave., throughout the holiday season. The choir will again perform "Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration" and "Mary Did You Know?" Dec. 16. A handbell performance by the children's ministry will open the service Dec. 23, followed by an Acoustic Christmas Worship Service. Services begin at 11 a.m.
The Seneca Mall performance is one of many activities planned for residents and visitors to enjoy downtown during the Polar Express excursion train season as part of ON TRAC's Santa's Workshop, created in partnership with the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad. For more information on other activities, see mountainrail.com/santa.
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