Holiday Concert being held at Potomac State College

The West Virginia University Potomac State College-Community Concert Band will present their annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Church-McKee Arts Center on the campus of Potomac State College. 

The band is under the direction of Fred Kesner and is comprised of college and high school students as well as adult musicians from the extended area. 

This year’s program opens with “Overture to a Winter Festival” by James Curnow.  The piece is a bright and energetic concert overture based on traditional winter and Christmas themes.  A highlight of the concert is “The Eighth Candle” which begins with a prayer-like hymn section followed by an exciting dance of celebration.  Also featured is Gustav Holst’s “Christmas Day,” a fantasy on old carols.

There are several lighter selections programmed that exemplifies the spirit of the season.  Such a piece is the popular holiday tune, “We Need a Little Christmas,” arranged by faculty-emeritus band member, former director and founder of the College-Community Band, Dr. Charles Whitehill. 

Also featured is a gospel treatment of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” by arranger Jay Dawson.  The band will conclude the concert by putting a unique spin on Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”

The concert is free and open to the public.  The Band and Kesner extend an invitation to the community to attend and enjoy an uplifting musical experience presented by our own talented local musicians.