The annual Winter Concert of the Columbus International Children's Choir is set for Sunday, Dec. 10.

The choir, which features members from central Ohio and is based at Bethel International United Methodist Church on the Northwest Side, will begin performing at 6 p.m. in the Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St.

"It's got a holiday theme, of course," said Tatiana Kats, the choir's founder and artistic director.

"We do some holiday songs. We do some classical songs."

Kats said all elements of the choir will be performing Dec. 10.

Boyce Lancaster, an award-winning radio producer who has been at WOSU-FM for more than 25 years, will be master of ceremonies for the concert.

Among the songs the choir will be performing, Kats said, is one with a South African theme. That's in honor of the country the children will be visiting this summer for the biannual World Choir Games.

This year's World Choir Games events take place in Tshwane, South Africa, July 4-14. The 10th World Choir Games are being held in Africa for the first time.

School concerts

Also on tap for the holidays in the northwest Columbus area will be two winter concerts at Centennial High School, 1441 Bethel Road.

The first, according to vocal music and modern band instructor Pam Welsh-Huggins, will feature the choir performing at 7 p.m. Dec. 7.

The instrumental winter music concert, also scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. will take place Dec. 14.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students. They will be sold at the door and attendees must pay in cash, Welsh-Huggins said.

"Centennial's Mixed Ensemble Chorus, our top audition-only choir, has also been invited to sing at the Ohio Statehouse on Dec. 21 from noon to 1 p.m.," Welsh-Huggins wrote in an email.

The Statehouse concert is free and open to the public.

Ridgeview Middle School, 4241 Rudy Road, will present a winter vocal music concert Dec. 14.

The winter instrumental music concert is scheduled for Dec. 19.

Both performances begin at 6 p.m., according to Natalie M. James, Ridgeview principal.

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