St. David’s Society invites all to enjoy afternoon of Welsh music

Welsh music will fill the air as the St. David’s Chorus brings it to life at the 131st St. David’s Concert at 2:30 p.m. March 3, 2019. The free event, held at the Presbyterian Church West Campus, 1702 W. 15th Ave., Emporia, Kan., is sponsored by the St. David’s Society of the State of Kansas.

The St. David’s Society welcomes back Eluned Jones to direct the concert for the sixth year. Born and raised in Wales to a musical family, Eluned injects Welsh spirit from her homeland into the conducting of the Welsh hymns Eluned is professor and head of economics at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

Honoring our country and the country of our Welsh ancestry, the concert will open with the singing of our national anthems. The invocation and benediction will be given by the Rev. Gary Gooszen and the Rev. Phyllis Stutzman, respectively. St. David’s Society President Brian Rees will give opening remarks and introductions.

The St. David’s Chorus will open the concert with the nostalgic “We’ll Keep a Welcome”. Many towns are represented in the St. David’s Choir including Emporia, Hartford, Reading, Lebo, Arvonia, and Kansas City.

Joining the St. David’s Chorus again this year are members of ESU choirs led by Dr. Robert Ward. The chorus sets will include the jubilant “Sanctus”, the soulful, harmonious “Pen Park”, the melodic “Gwahoddiad”, and “Crimond”, (“The Lord’s My Shepherd”). Accompanists for the concert are Mary Melhorn, organist and Travis Carmichael, pianist. The concert will close as all join together to sing “God Be With You”.

Everyone is invited to a reception of bara brith and tea in the Fellowship Hall following the concert.

St. David’s Society officers for 2019-2020 are Sally Conard, president; Jann Briggs, vice-president; Deb Childears, secretary; and Rhonda Gordon, treasurer.

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