Photo courtesy Karla Chiarello
BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS—Members of the WHS Chamber Orchestra perform at Christmas at the Capitol on Tuesday. 

Music groups perform at Christmas at the Capitol
Chamber orchestra, women’s choir travel

By Tanner Olmstead and Maddie Jacobson

Two Warrior music groups recently got into the spirit of politics and the holiday season as they traveled to Pierre to perform during Christmas at the Capitol on the first day of the 2019 South Dakota State Legislative Session Dec. 4.

In total, 10 members of the WHS Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Karla Chiarello and 26 members of the Bella Voce Women’s Choir under the direction of Daylan Fargo traveled to Pierre to perform at the 38th Annual Christmas display at the Capitol.

This year’s display is entitled “An Enchanted Christmas,” and features nearly 90 trees decorated by businesses, nonprofit organizations, communities and government offices throughout the state. The display opened to the public on Nov. 21 and will continue through Christmas Day from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

The display also features nearly daily entertainment from various high school, college and community groups. The WHS groups happened to be appearing on the first day of the legislative session, featuring the annual State of the State Address by outgoing Gov. Dennis Daugaard, and therefore had good attendance for their performance. 

Chiarello said it was a great event for her group members.

“Our students had a great time at Christmas at the Capitol,” Chiarello said. “We performed for a good-sized crowd made up of legislators and citizens there to take in the beautiful display of trees. It was fun to represent Washington and share a few sounds of the season.”

Sophomore Jenni Peterson, a member of the  women’s choir, said she had a great time in Pierre.

“It was a fun experience,” Peterson said. “We performed well and I enjoyed the trees. They were cool.”


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