Continuing a Welsh tradition for the past 127 years, St. David’s Society of the State of Kansas will host a St. David’s concert 2:30 p.m. March 1 at Emporia Presbyterian Church West Campus, 1702 W. 15th Ave. March 1 is St. David’s Day which is the anniversary of the patron saint’s death.
Returning for her second year, Eluned Jones of Brookings, S.D., will be conductor and soloist for the concert. Jones is professor and head of the economics department at South Dakota State University.
Diane McCarty, accompanist, will present an organ prelude. The heart of the concert, the St. David’s chorus, will sing the traditional “Welcome Song.” As a snowstorm affected last year’s concert, favorite selections will be repeated including “Sanctus,” “Builth,” and “Rhys.” The expressive “Penpark” will be performed by a quartet.
President Deb Childears will give opening remarks and make introductions. The invocation and benediction will be given by the Rev. Gary Gooszen.
Following the concert, the Presbyterian Women will serve a reception of tea and bara brith. There will be a display on restoration of the schoolhouse and church in the Welsh community of Arvonia, four miles north of Lebo. Both are listed on the Kansas and National Registry of Historic Places.