West Virginia Universitys World Music Center in the College of Creative Arts will present its second annual Youth World Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center.

The concert will feature world music ensembles from local schools.

Directed by Gordon Nunn, WVU music professor and director of the World Music Center, the concert will feature the University High School Taiko Ensemble and Westwood Middle School Panhandlers (steel band) and African Ensemble from Morgantown, as well as the Waynesburg High School African Ensemble from Waynesburg, Pa.

The students will perform a variety of world music and dance that they have been rehearsing at their schools this year.

Other special guests include The Blueberry Pickers, an old time mountain music group featuring Alex and Tristan Dennis, two young musicians from the Morgantown area.

The World Music Center has often featured youth world music ensembles from Morgantown-area elementary, middle and high schools, along with the WVU African and Steel Ensembles in concerts at the Creative Arts Center, said Nunn. Now, these youth ensembles and performers are featured in their own concert.

These talented youths have emerged as result of various influences, including the outreach program established by the World Music Center, local music teachers who have established world music programs in their respective schools and young people in the community with musical interests in various forms of vernacular music,he said.

For tickets and information, contact the Mountainlair and CAC Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.