Community Christmas concert set

Published 11:51 am Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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On Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., Lunenburg County Community Concerts will present the annual Christmas Concert featuring both vocal and band selections of holiday music by Mya and Patricia Mahaney, Maurice Ellis and several of the band ensembles from Central High School.

Pre-concert piano music by Stacy S. Branch will begin at 6:40 p.m.

Patricia is the director of community relations at Kenston Forest School. She has been performing in the community since age 10 while growing up in South Hill. Patricia has been involved in community theater with SACT and The Colonial Theater. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and currently lives in Kenbridge with her husband, John B. Mahaney, Jr. and their two daughters, Mya and Hanna.

Mya is the 16-year-old daughter of John B. and Patricia. She has training in ballet, hip-hop, and lyrical dance. Mya has performed several times singing and dancing onstage at the Colonial Theater. Her roles have included one of the Von Trapp children in “The Sound of Music,” Ariel in the “Little Mermaid,” and part of ensembles in “Beauty and the Beast,” “Shrek,” “Annie,” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Mya is a junior at Kenston Forest School and is on the school volleyball and basketball teams, a member of the Rotary and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and very involved in community service projects.

Ellis, director of bands for Lunenburg Middle School and Central High School, will be bringing the Charger Blues Jazz Ensemble, which he described as the “best jazz band in Lunenburg County!” This group is comprised of mostly high school students who are enrolled in a jazz ensemble class. The instruments played include saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitars, percussion, and the piano. They play several concerts each year, including performances at community events and at nursing homes. The Charger Saxophone Ensemble, comprised of alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; and the Charger Brass Ensemble, comprised of trumpets, trombones and a tuba, will also perform.

The Salvation Army — Victoria Unit is the local organization that will be “In the Spotlight” for this concert. Information about this organization will be available and any contributions to their “Kettle Fund” will be gratefully received.

Lunenburg County Community Concerts are free and open to the public. Victoria Baptist Church, the host site for this concert series, is located at the intersection of Eighth Street and Washington Avenue. Handicapped parking is available near the side entrance, as is elevator access to the sanctuary level. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place two weeks later on Dec. 20. For more information, visit the Facebook page of Lunenburg County Community Concerts or call (434) 696-2025.