Welsh tradition continues at Emporia with St. David’s concert

All invited to free concert honoring patron saint of Wales

Continuing a 132-year-old Welsh tradition in Emporia, the St. David’s concert will be at 2:30 p.m. March 1, 2020, at the Presbyterian Church West Campus, 1702 W. 15th Ave. March 1 is St. David’s Day, honoring the patron saint of Wales on the anniversary of his death.  The St. David’s Society of the State of Kansas sponsors this free concert.

Gracing the concert for the seventh year, Eluned Jones returns to direct the St. David’s Chorus. Jones moved to the U.S. in 1977 to pursue graduate studies and then a PhD in 1987.  She then discovered some of the many Welsh groups in the U.S. and was able to reconnect with her love of singing.  After professorships at Virginia Tech and Texas A&M, Jones has been professor and head of economics at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., since 2012.

The St. David’s Chorus, the heart of the concert, opens the program with the traditional “We’ll Keep a Welcome”.  The choir is composed of singers from surrounding communities, Emporia, and Kansas City.  Members of the ESU Chamber Choir and their director, Dr. Robert Ward, will join the St. David’s Chorus.  The chorus sets will include the melodic “Milwaukee”, the spiritual “My Redeemer”, and the expressive “Walk in the Light”.  The memorial hymn, “Babel”, will be sung in Welsh. 

Opening remarks will be given by President Sally Conard. Rev. Gary Gooszen and Rev. Phyllis Stutzman will give the invocation and benediction, respectively.  The congregation and St. David’s Chorus will close the St. David’s Concert with the traditional, “God Be With You”.  A reception of bara brith and tea will be served by the St. David’s Society in the fellowship hall.

St. David’s Society officers for 2020-2021 are President Jann Briggs, Vice President Susan Atchison, Secretary Deb Childers, and Treasurer Rhonda Gordon.

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