Parkersburg holiday concert set for Dec. 9

Michelle Merrill will serve as guest conductor

Photo Provided Michelle Merrill

PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is presenting a new spin on its classic holiday concert with Sounds of the Season on Dec. 8 and 9.

Guest Conductor Michelle Merrill returns to West Virginia to lead the orchestra and choruses through a variety of classic and new holiday tunes. Sharing the stage will be special guest artists, the Melodica Men, two young musicians bringing songs to life with their Melodica duets.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to Charleston this December for a brand new ‘Sounds of the Season,'” said Merrill. “You’ll hear old favorites, new classics, and there is sure to be lots of joy and cheer throughout the entire performance. I also can’t wait to collaborate with my good friends the Melodica Men for an extra special dose of holiday spirit.”

The concert will feature the state’s orchestra performing family friendly holiday classics accompanied by several local choruses: WV Symphony Chorus, WV Symphony Chorus of Parkersburg, and the West Virginia State University Chorus.

Tickets for the Clay Center concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8, start at $17 and are available at or by calling 304-561-3570. The ZMM Architects and Engineers Pops Series concert at the Clay Center is made possible by the support of concert sponsors the WV Lottery, N3, Suddenlink by Altice, and The Underprivileged Children Foundation.

Tickets for the Parkersburg concert, which begins at 3 p.m. at Blennerhassett School on Dec. 9, are $22 for adults or $10 for students, and are available at or by calling 304-485-4200. The Parkersburg concert is sponsored in part by WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center and Napoli’s.